Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the new Buffalo Business Blitz initiative has nearly doubled in less than a week since its launch on December 1st. The Buffalo Business Blitz is a partnership with Buffalo Bills Cornerback Josh Norman and provides assistance to struggling small businesses in Buffalo during the COVID-19 emergency. The program began when Josh Norman provided $25,000 of his own money to fund grants of up to $2,500 each to participating impacted businesses. Since announcing Buffalo Business Blitz last week, other donors come forward, providing additional funding for a grand total of $49,460 to support small businesses in Buffalo.
Mayor Brown stated, “I am always very thankful for the generosity of our community. We truly take care of our neighbors, including our small businesses. I thank each and every donor for stepping up to help and I encourage others to join this great cause. The more donations we receive, the more small businesses we can help support during the COVID-19 emergency.”
If you would like to donate, visit www.starz24.org.
Mayor Brown stated, “The City of Buffalo is aware that our School Zone Safety program vendor, Sensys Gatso, experienced a delay in the mailing of thousands of citations due to a combination of severe weather, pandemic related delays, and difﬁculties the United States Postal Service has experienced. As a result of these circumstances, individuals who received a citation that is postmarked more than 14 business days past the date of citation issuance will have their ﬁnes dismissed while those who have already paid their ﬁne will receive a complete refund. My Administration has spoken with the vendor at their highest level to express our disappointment and is committed to holding Sensys Gatso accountable for this situation while ensuring that an error like this does not occur again. I am committed to administering this program efﬁciently for the protection of our students, teachers, school staff, and pedestrians whose safety remains our top priority. If people have any questions or concerns regarding a citation they have received they should call 311.”
Mayor Brown’s new small business boost initiative, Buy Black Buffalo Week, runs now through Friday, December 11th. The event encourages consumers to shop at Black-owned businesses in Buffalo this week and throughout the holiday season. Buy Black Buffalo Week is sponsored in partnership with AT&T and coordinated by The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center. For more information, visit www.buyblackbuffalo.com.
The Downtown Dollars Giveaway initiative, a partnership between Buffalo Place and Buffalo Urban Development Corporation’s (BUDC) Queen City Pop Up Program, continues to attract consumers to Downtown Buffalo businesses. Shoppers have the opportunity to win $50 Downtown Dollars Giveaway Certiﬁcates now through December 24, 2020. The contest is presented through the Buffalo Place social media channels. Several times per week Buffalo Place will post a photo and description of a participating Downtown Dollars Giveaway business. Entrants will be instructed to “like” the post and featured business and tag two friends in order to be entered to win a $50 Downtown Dollars Certiﬁcate, good at 20 participating businesses. To learn more, visit buffaloplace. com or buffalourbandevelopment.com.
Resources are available to assist small businesses in the City of Buffalo 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 Ofﬁce of Fire Prevention at 716-851-5333 ext.750. The City also offers additional resources through www.buffalony.gov/ReopenBuffalo.
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.
More than 2,050 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 program provides residents with notice to move their vehicles in these zones during snow events.
To ﬁnd the closest COVID-19 test site near you, visit covid19.buffalony.gov. 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.
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 connectlifegiveblood.org.
Use BuffAlert to stay informed on important information like emergencies and cancellations. You can sign up by texting JOIN BUFFALERT to 30890.