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Posted on: December 24, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19 12-24-20


Mayor Brown’s 2020 Holiday Message

Mayor Brown stated, “2020 has not been the easiest of years, but we made it through by sticking together. Thank you for looking after one another, supporting our City and lifting up anyone in need during this trying time. Michelle and I would like to wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season. God bless you and god bless the City of Buffalo.”

Snowstorm approaches, sign up for BuffAlert Parking Updates

A snowstorm with the potential for significant accumulations has been forecasted for the City of Buffalo. Mayor Brown urges residents who live in the 9am-4pm Alternate Street Parking Zones to be proactive by signing up now for BuffAlert Parking Updates, the new tool that notifies residents during snow events. 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. Additionally, residents in those zones who are planning to travel out of town for the holiday are encouraged to proactively park their vehicle on the appropriate side for Monday before they leave. More than 5,000 residents have signed up for the program.

Snowstorm reminder: Holiday garbage and recycling collections

Friday garbage and recycling collections are scheduled for Saturday due to the Christmas holiday. If the weather impacts pick up, residents scheduled for Saturday pickup are asked to keep their garbage and recyclables out for Sunday collection.

Buffalo Business Blitz total nearing $84,000 mark, donation drive ends Saturday

The Buffalo Business Blitz initiative has raised nearly $84,000 since it launched on December 1st. The partnership with Buffalo Bills Cornerback Josh Norman provides assistance to small businesses in Buffalo during the COVID-19 emergency. The program funds grants of up to $2,500 each to participating impacted businesses. To donate, visit

Buffalo City Hall is closed on Christmas Day

Buffalo City Hall will be closed on Friday, December 25th, 2020, for the Christmas holiday.

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 www. or call 630-5020.

Go Bills! Visit the Buffalo City Hall Bills Banner Selfie Station

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.

Help shape Buffalo parks

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 community can find out more about the plan here: Since 2006, Mayor Brown has invested $74 million in parks citywide.

Applications being accepted for AMR’s Earn While You Learn program

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). For more information including how to apply, visit

COVID-19 testing available

To fnd 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.

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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