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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19, June 9


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today warned residents of a 2020 Census scam that has been circulating around New York State. “2020 Census Invitation [YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW]” is the subject line on the email. The bogus email also used the U.S. Census logo and urged residents to respond by visiting Do not click the link or provide any personal information, this website is unaffiliated with the U.S. Census Bureau. Residents can only complete online Census questionnaires at the official website,

Mayor Brown continues to urge residents to participate in the Census, an accurate count enables the City to access hundreds of millions of federal dollars to power programming and projects in Buffalo. The City’s Census response rate as of Tuesday, June 9th, is 48.7%. Mayor Brown set a goal of 100% participation.

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Mayor Brown provides update on the Fire and Police Departments

Mayor Brown announced today the number of COVID-19 infection recoveries at the Buffalo Fire and Police Departments.

  • 1 Firefighter is currently positive for the virus, and 6 others are on administrative leave as a precaution, 41 firefighters have recovered and returned to work;
  • 1 Police Officer is currently positive for the virus while 11 officers are out on administrative leave. 70 officers have recovered and returned to work.

The emergency response services provided by both Buffalo Police and Fire remain operational without any interruption in services.

City of Buffalo continues to assist businesses in reopening

The City of Buffalo is assisting eligible restaurants interested in offering outdoor dining services. Per New York State regulations, outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated. Restaurants can submit open public space use plans at

To learn more about the gradual phases of reopening, visit The Brown Administration continues to work with the small business community, marketing experts and others to ensure businesses have access to the latest information and resources.

Save a life, give blood

ConnectLife says the need for blood by local hospitals has increased. Mayor Brown encourages healthy residents to donate to help maintain an adequate blood supply. Donating is safe and social distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or if you are interested in holding a blood drive, visit

Connecting residents to COVID-19 testing

If you are interested in getting tested for COVID-19, find the closest test site near you by visiting The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites, with addresses, which are located throughout the City, contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription by a doctor for testing. Additional locations to provide this vital service can be added to this resource by visiting www.buffalony. gov/SubmitTestSite.

Apply now for Love Your Block Community Response Fund Grants

Mayor Brown continues to urge community groups to apply for the new Love Your  Block Community Response Fund,     a grant program that supports community efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the City of Buffalo. Qualifying community-based groups, block clubs or neighborhood organizations can apply for these mini-grants, of up to $500, for projects that will fund efforts to help slow community spread or support frontline workers. Applications must be submitted by June 29, 2020. For more information, visit

Improving literacy: Mayor Brown’s Virtual Reading Rules! Summer Reading Challenge

Mayor Brown urges all Buffalo school students to take part in his Virtual Reading Rules! Kid’s Summer Reading Challenge. In a continued effort to help keep our community safe during the COVID-19 emergency, while at the same time continue to help improve our youth’s literacy proficiency skills, Mayor Brown announced that his 19th Challenge and Awards Ceremony for Champion Readers will take place completely online this year.

Every student who reads 10 books plus writes 10 book summaries, now through August 14, 2020, will be eligible to    win even more amazing Raffle Prizes in July & August plus bonus prizes at Mayor Brown’s Virtual Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Mayor Brown established this significant educational program 19 years ago when he received alarming statistics about local students who were testing below the New York State average in English Language Arts and Literacy. Since then, over 20,000 children from the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Region have improved their literacy proficiency skills by participating in Reading Rules! To learn more about the challenge, visit

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