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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19 12-17-20


Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Brown today congratulated three past participants of his innovative Summer Youth Internship and Employment Program on their decision to further their education upon graduation next year. 17-year-old Hutchinson Central Technical High School Senior Destiny Camacho was accepted into the Criminal Justice Program at Medaille College, where she will study to be a Crime Scene Investigator. 16-year-old Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts Senior Isabelle Carter has been accepted into the Speech and Hearing Sciences Program at Edinboro University, where she will pursue her dream of developing new ways to help young people with disabilities. 18-year-old SUNY Erie Community College graduate Geradly Ortiz is joining the United States Army where she will work as a Laboratory Technician while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree.

Mayor Brown stated, “While these exceptional young residents work during the summer, the relationship between my Administration and participating youth continues for years to come. We celebrate their successes and remain here to support them when needed. I am very proud to provide these young residents with their first jobs, giving them experiences and skills that will last a lifetime. I look forward to hearing more positive updates from this trio as this is only the beginning of their long journey of success.”

Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship and Employment Program provides youth ages 14 to 21 the opportunity to earn money while gaining valuable work experience and life skills. Nearly 20,000 young City residents have participated in the Summer Youth Initiative since the program began in 2006.

Parking reminder

City residents are reminded to obey the “No Parking 6 pm Thursday to 6 pm Monday” signs. We need to ensure that emergency vehicles can get down these streets.

Division of Citizen Services to host virtual Block Chat Friday

The Division of Citizen Services and the Board of Block Clubs are holding a community engagement meeting on Friday, December 18th at Noon. Shatorah Donovan, Chief Diversity Officer and Chair of the Board of the Beverly Gray Businesses Exchange Center, will discuss the Center’s resources and services as well as other assistance available for small business owners. Residents interested in attending the virtual event should email by 9pm tonight.

A call for community input: New public art coming to Broderick Park

Mayor Brown, in partnership with the City of Buffalo Arts Commission, the Division of Parks and Recreation, Buffalo Quarters Historical Society, and the Friends of Broderick Park, announced today a new public art initiative that will further celebrate Broderick Park’s Underground Railroad heritage. Mayor Brown invited community stakeholders to participate in a survey that will assist in the commissioning of artists to create a series of public art pieces that will further uplift the space as a public memorial to the local history of the Underground Railroad.

Mayor Brown stated, “Broderick Park is filled with deep-rooted human stories about survival, hope and resilience. As we continue to embrace our diversity in the City of Buffalo, I invite community stakeholders to come together on this important project and let us know what kind of art you’d like to see on this sacred site.”

Mayor Brown recommended funding this initiative with $400,000 in capital bond funds. A short survey is accessible online at and will be open until early January 2021. The Buffalo Arts Commission will hold at least one public meeting for questions and input that will take place on a digital conference platform in 2021. For more information, please email

3-1-1 Assisting Residents

Operators at the City of Buffalo’s 3-1-1 Call and Resolution Center are working remotely and are ready to assist residents. If you need non-emergency assistance, please dial 3-1-1. You can also file a report online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via the 3-1-1 website.

Supporting small businesses

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

Help Veterans this holiday season

You have the opportunity to help our veterans this holiday season. WNY Heroes. Inc. is in need of gifts or grocery gift cards to distribute to veterans and their families. For more information on how to sponsor a family or to donate, visit or call 630-5020.

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.

Apply now for the Landscape Maintenance Technician Program

Mayor Brown encourages residents to apply to the new Landscape Maintenance Technician training program. This initiative, a collaboration by the City of Buffalo, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and The Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT) with funding provided by KeyBank and the First Niagara Foundation, will increase access and opportunity to tuition-free training in middle-skills careers, providing a pipeline of candidates for the burgeoning landscape field. The curriculum will include technical coursework on the park system history, horticulture, landscaping techniques, safety precautions, plus equipment and material uses. For more information, visit

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

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