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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19, June 15


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that thirteen businesses have received approval under the City of Buffalo’s new Small Business Social Distancing Initiative, and more are expected to be approved in the coming days. This program allows local small businesses and restaurants to use open spaces, like parking lots, sidewalks or other city-owned property, to create open air seating or retail in a safe environment by ensuring proper physical distancing.

The following restaurants have received approvals:

Bada Bing

Brick Oven Bistro Buffalo Irish Center Coco Bar & Bistro Frankie Primo’s +39

Fresh Catch Poke Company Gypsy Parlor

Hartman’s Distilling Co.

Marble + Rye

Osteria 166

Resurgence Brewing Co.


Tappo Pizza

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo approved Western New York to begin Phase III of reopening on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Phase III businesses include nail salons, massage therapists, tattoo shops and permits indoor dining to resume at 50% capacity.

Mayor Brown stated, “Our small businesses need our help right now as we gradually enter the recovery phase of the COVID-19 emergency. While I encourage residents to support our local businesses, I continue to call on them to use common sense and practice safe physical distancing and wear face masks when in public. This pandemic is far from over and we must continue to do what we can to protect and maintain public health and safety.”

Restaurants and other small businesses interested in submitting open space utilization plans can do so by visiting the City’s Reopen Buffalo website at

Parking reminder for tonight

Mayor Brown is reminding residents that tonight there is a 6 pm parking switchover, from 6 pm Monday to 6 pm Thursday. The alternate side parking on these streets is critical for emergency vehicle access.

The City of Buffalo lights up for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Tonight, in partnership with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALOLIT), our City’s landmark buildings and structures will be lit PURPLE in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day dedicated to promoting a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older residents.


City of Buffalo’s Census response rate nears the 50% mark

The Census response rate for the City of Buffalo as of Monday,  June 15th was 48.8%. Mayor Brown continues to push  for 100% participation. An accurate count is critical to the City’s ability to access hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid that fund infrastructure improvements, education, critical community programming and much more. Complete your questionnaire at

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Help maintain WNY blood supply by giving blood

ConnectLife says one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Mayor Brown is asking healthy residents to give blood and asks organizations to consider hosting blood drives to help boost the local supply. Donating is safe and physical distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To donate or to host a 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.

Bulk trash pickup resumes in July

The 2020 City of Buffalo Bulk Trash Collection and Tire Drop Off will resume in July. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the City postponed the spring collection.

The updated Bulk Trash schedule is as follows:

Ellicott- July 12

Fillmore- July 19

Niagara- July 26

Masten- August 9

Lovejoy- August 16

South- August 23

Delaware- August 30

North- September 13

University- September 20

Additionally, City residents can dispose of up to 4 old car tires per event, at no cost, at the Buffalo Broadway Garage, located at 197 Broadway, between 7:30 am and 3 pm on July 25th and September 12th. For more information, contact the City’s Call and Resolution Center at 311.

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Participate in 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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