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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19, June 18


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today welcomed the latest additions to the Buffalo Bills team during a virtual meeting this afternoon. Each year, Mayor Brown invites the rookies to his office at City Hall to welcome the players to the City, discussing all of the major initiatives and projects that are happening in every section of Buffalo.

Mayor Brown stated, “These players represent our great City both on and off the field, so I like to get to know them better and give them a more in-depth understanding of what we are about as a community. I ask residents to join me in making them feel at home and wish them a successful season.”

Staying healthy during the pandemic: The Division of Citizen Services hosts virtual community engagement meeting

On Friday, June 19th, the City of Buffalo Division of Citizen Services will hold a Block Club and community engagement meeting featuring Dr. Dennis Kuo, Medical Director of Pediatric Care Services at John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kuo will be discussing COVID-19 testing, telemedicine and tips to stay healthy. The forum starts at Noon, to register please email

City of Buffalo continues to support businesses in reopening

The City of Buffalo continues to offer assistance to 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 reopenbuffalo.

Parking reminder

Mayor Brown reminds City residents to cooperate with the City’s alternate parking rules. Please obey the “No Parking 6 pm Thursday to 6 pm Monday” signs. The alternate side parking is needed to ensure that emergency vehicles can get down those streets.

Assisting families in need

On Friday, June 19th, the Belle Center will be giving away bags of free groceries and masks to families in need at 104 Maryland Street. The distribution runs from 9 am to 1 pm.

Participate in the 2020 Census

Mayor Brown is asking residents to help get the word out about participating in the 2020 Census. The City’s Census response rate as of Thursday, June 18th, is 49%. Mayor Brown set a goal of 100% participation. An accurate count allows the City 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

The City of Buffalo lights up for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Tonight, in partnership with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALOLIT), our City’s landmark buildings and structures will be lit PURPLE in recognition of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

Give blood today

ConnectLife says it needs donors with the blood type O-negative to make appointments to give blood as soon as possible. Donating is safe and physical distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or to host a blood drive, visit

COVID-19 testing available

Find the closest COVID-19 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.

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. 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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