Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Brown today unveiled a new Public Service Announcement to emphasize the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccination doses, which began arriving to Western New York and the City of Buffalo this week. President-elect Joe Biden received his first dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech Coronavirus vaccine on live television Monday afternoon. Mayor Brown vowed at the beginning of December that he would take the vaccine live on TV and social media to help reassure residents of the vaccine’s safety.
Mayor Brown stated, “I am proud to join leaders nationwide in supporting the COVID-19 vaccination effort. This virus has devastated families, harmed our economy and impacted almost all area of everyday life in communities worldwide. In order for our recovery to begin, we need all Americans to do our part by taking the vaccine. I will publicly take the vaccine to help get our nation back on track. In the meantime, I join the majority of my fellow Americans in being patient as health care professionals on the front lines of this emergency receive their initial doses. They must be protected so they can continue saving lives.”
To view the Public Service Announcement, visit vimeo.com/492627729/b480accdaa.
Mayor Brown has also produced a second Public Service Announcement that is specifically targeted to encourage receiving vaccinations for refugee and immigrant residents in the City of Buffalo. The video has been sent to the International Institute to be used as part of a larger campaign to get public health information out to our foreign-born neighbors.
A snowstorm with the potential for significant accumulations has been forecasted for the Western New York area. Mayor Brown is asking residents who live in the 9am-4pm Alternate Street Parking Zones to be proactive by signing up now for BuffAlert Parking Updates. Over 4,700 residents have signed up for the new tool that notifies residents during snow events in the City of Buffalo. Sign up 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 today delivered hundreds of toys to families in need at the Asarese-Matters Community Center as part of his ongoing commitment to ensure that all children in the City of Buffalo have a gift to open this holiday season. The gifts were donated to the Mayor’s annual Toy Joy Drive, donations are being accepted until December 24th. If you would like to donate a toy or gift card, you can deliver them to drop off bins located at the entrances of Buffalo City Hall. The Police Athletic League of Buffalo is coordinating the distribution of gifts.
Buffalo City Hall will be closed on Friday, December 25th, 2020, for the Christmas holiday. Additionally, the Treasury Office will close at 3pm on Thursday, December 24th, 2020.
Mayor Brown invites residents to visit the front of Buffalo City Hall to check out the new banner congratulating the Buffalo Bills on their AFC East title win. Mayor Brown encourages residents to take selfies under the banner, tagging the team and Mayor Brown with a message of support, for a chance to be shared on the Mayor’s social media channels. Residents are encouraged to wear their masks and maintain safe physical distancing in their selfies to stress the importance of public safety during the Coronavirus emergency.
This week, Mayor Brown and American Medical Response (AMR) announced the beginning of the new class of the ‘Earn While You Learn’ academy, which allows for trainees to be full-time employees while taking the necessary certification courses to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The innovative program allows trainees to be full-time employees while taking the necessary certification courses to become EMTs. The 11-week program has made a career in emergency medical services more accessible, ensuring that a candidate is financially secure while in training. For more information including how to apply, visit www.amr.net. AMR has graduated 156 Buffalo area EMTs since launching the program in 2018.
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.
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.
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 www. wnyheroes.org or call 630-5020.
Residents have an opportunity to provide input on the City of Buffalo’s new plan for our parks. Mayor Brown and The Trust for Public Land launched a new online survey for residents to comment directly on the development of the city’s park plan. The city also released the Buffalo Unlimited Activity Book, a fun opportunity for residents of all ages to get creative and share their vision for local parks. The Buffalo Parks Master Plan is a project of The City of Buffalo, The Trust for Public Land, New City Parks, and the Regional Plan Association. The community can find out more about the plan here: https://www. tpl.org/our-work/buffalo-parks-plan. Since 2006, Mayor Brown has invested $74 million in parks citywide.
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 www.buffalony.gov.
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.