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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19 12-01-20


Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W.  Brown today attended a virtual meeting with Dr.  Vivek Murthy, the Co-Chair of President-Elect Joe Biden’s Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. During the conversation, hosted by The United States Conference of Mayors, Mayor Brown voiced concerns to the incoming Administration about the COVID-19 emergency, its impact on municipalities and how the virus is affecting the lives of families and businesses in the City of Buffalo.

Mayor Brown stated, “The Biden-Harris Administration is moving very quickly to address the global COVID-19 pandemic. President-Elect Biden knows the stakes are high for local municipalities like Buffalo, which are dealing with devastating budget blows due to this emergency. I am confident that his Administration will swiftly provide the resources American cities need to recover from this crisis.”

Division of Citizen Services to host virtual COVID-19 community event

The City of Buffalo Division of Citizen Services and the Board of Block Clubs are holding a community engagement meeting focused on the COVID-19 emergency on Friday, December 4th at Noon. Special guest Dr. Raul Vazquez, Founder and CEO of the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN), will discuss several Coronavirus-related topics including safety, isolation, health tips and much more. Residents interested in attending the virtual event should email by Thursday, December 3rd at 9pm.

Hundreds sign up for BuffAlert Parking Update initiative

Mayor Brown today announced that more than 540 residents have signed up for the new 9am-4pm parking  tool to assist residents during snow events in the City of Buffalo. Residents can sign up for the BuffAlert Parking Update initiative by texting JOIN PARKINGUPDATES to 30890. Once enrolled, participating residents will receive a text message or phone call 24 hours before the 9am-4pm Alternate Parking Restrictions need to be enforced for snow maintenance. The goal of the program is to give residents ample time to move their vehicles in these zones during snow events.

The City of Buffalo celebrates Giving Tuesday

The City of Buffalo is known worldwide as the City of Good Neighbors. Mayor Brown is asking residents to join him this Giving Tuesday in supporting the Buffalo Police Athletic League (PAL), by donating to the 2020 PAL Holiday Giving Campaign. PAL provides important programming to thousands of youth in grades K-12 who are living at or below the poverty level. The fundraiser replaces PAL’s annual in-person auction, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 emergency. To donate to the 2020 Holiday Giving Campaign, visit

The City of Buffalo lights up in recognition of World AIDS Day

On Tuesday, December 1st, in partnership with the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (BUFFALO LIT), Mayor Brown announced that our City’s landmark buildings and structures will be lit in red in honor of World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic and mourning those who have died from the disease.

Assistance available for small businesses

Mayor Brown reminds small businesses in the City of Buffalo that help is available during the COVID-19 emergency. Businesses interested in expanding outdoor services can do so through the Small Business Social Distancing Initiative (SBSDI). Program participants must adhere to specific guidelines and must obtain a permit to use heaters by contacting the City of Buffalo Office of Fire Prevention at 716-851-5333 ext.750. The City of Buffalo also offers additional resources to local small businesses through, a one-stop destination with a variety of resources.

Looking for work? Local companies are hiring!

Local job experts continue to help residents impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. If you are looking for a new job, call the Buffalo Employment and Training Center at 856-JOBS. Employment counselors are available for remote one-on-one counseling sessions.

COVID-19 testing available

To find the closest COVID-19 test site near you, visit The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites throughout the City with contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription for testing.

Help your community by donating blood

Mayor Brown encourages healthy, COVID-19 symptom-free residents to give blood to help maintain an adequate 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

Sign up for BuffAlert

Use BuffAlert to stay informed on important information like emergencies and cancellations. You can sign up by texting JOIN BUFFALERT to 30890.

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