Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that more than 2,900 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.
Mayor Brown stated, “While severe winter weather has held off up to this point, it is only a matter of time before we see heavier snow in the City of Buffalo. By signing up for this program, residents can work with the City to make our Alternate Street Parking Assistance Plan work for everyone this winter. Residents living in the 9am- 4pm alternate parking zones should enroll today.”
The City of Buffalo will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of this notification system on a weekly basis to ensure that we are balancing the needs of the residents who park on these streets.
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. Mayor Brown also encourages residents to tune in to The Lounge on his Facebook page at Noon every day this week to learn more about some of the amazing participating Black-owned businesses. 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.
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.
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.