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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Mayor Byron W. Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to COVID-19 12-30-20


Mayor Brown reminds residents that street closures will go into effect tomorrow in preparation of the City of Buffalo’s first New Year’s Eve Virtual Ball Drop. Beginning Thursday, December 31st, Washington Street between Genesee and East Huron will be closed to the public beginning at 5pm. At 8pm, Main Street from Chippewa to Mohawk, Washington Street from Chippewa to Mohawk, Genesee from E. Huron to Ellicott, W. Huron from Pearl to Main and E. Huron from Main to Ellicott will also be closed to the public. These closures will be in effect until Friday, January 1st, 2021 at 2am. Mayor Brown is urging residents and visitors to enjoy the celebration this year from the safety of their own home to help protect our community from COVID-19. 

Mayor Brown stated, “The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is one of the City’s most cherished holiday traditions. I thank the many partners for working with my Administration to keep it going by adding a safe, virtual element as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 emergency. While the celebration is virtual, the spirit of the night remains the same: celebrating safely and responsibly. Please stay home and ring in 2021 with the members of your household so we can continue to protect our community.”

 The 7 Eyewitness News Team of Keith Radford and Ashley Rowe will host the New Year’s Eve Virtual celebration, beginning at 8 PM on 7 PLUS with a look back at the positive stories that inspired us in 2020. Live coverage of the Buffalo Ball Drop begins on 7 ABC at 11 PM. The Buffalo Ball Drop, organized and managed by Buffalo Place and sponsored by many Buffalo businesses, benefits youth in our community who participate in quality programming provided by the Police Athletic League of Buffalo.

Tune in Tuesday to the “Take the COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall Radio Show” 

Mayor Brown continues to lead the local effort to raise awareness about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccination. Mayor Brown and other community leaders are participating in the “Take the COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall Radio Show” on Tuesday, January 5th. From 6pm to 7pm, residents can listen to WUFO 1080 AM/Power 96.5 FM or call 837-1112 with questions about the virus and vaccine. The informational forum is sponsored by the NAACP, WUFO 1080AM and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. At the beginning of December, Mayor Brown joined President-Elect Biden and Former Presidents Obama and Clinton in pledging to take the vaccine live on TV and social media to help reassure residents of the vaccine’s safety. 

Sign up for BuffAlert Parking Updates 

Mayor Brown urges residents who live in the 9am-4pm Alternate Street Parking Zones to enroll in the BuffAlert Parking Updates program, a new system 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 

 Buffalo City Hall closed on New Year’s Day

 Buffalo City Hall will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021, for the New Year’s Day holiday. 

Holiday garbage and recycling collections 

Friday garbage and recycling collections are scheduled for Saturday due to the New Year’s Day holiday. All other collections remain unchanged. 

Buffalo Business Blitz donation deadline is Thursday 

The Buffalo Business Blitz initiative has raised over $95,000 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. The donation deadline is Thursday, December 31st, 2020. To donate, visit 

Grievance period deadline approaches 

Grievance Period for the City of Buffalo ends on Thursday, December 31st. All real property grievances must be received by the Assessment and Taxation Department office by 4:30pm on Thursday, December 31, 2020. Grievances can be mailed or dropped off at the drop box located in the Elmwood Avenue City Hall entrance. For more information, visit www. 

The Assessment & Taxation Department continues to be closed to the public. Anyone needing services can call the department at 851-5733. Video conferencing is available upon request.

For assessment inquiries, call 851-5733 and select option 1 or email For tax inquiries, call 851-5733 and select option 2 or email For exemption inquiries, call 851-5733 and selected option 3 or email

City of Buffalo User Fee Office continues operations remotely 

The City of Buffalo User Fee office is no longer offering in-person appointments at this time. Any resident in need a copy of their User Fee Bill, Change of Address Form or to speak to someone about their bill should contact 851-5370. Copies of bills will be printed and available for contactless pickup in Room 114 at Buffalo City Hall. 

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. 

BETC continues to link residents to available jobs

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.

Help save lives by giving blood 

Mayor Brown asks healthy, COVID-19 symptom-free residents to give blood to help maintain an adequate supply. Donating is safe and precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment, 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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