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Posted on: January 19, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 1-19-21


Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that Buffalo City Hall closed to the public on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, to conduct routine annual tests of the building-wide ire alarm systems. To reschedule an appointment or hearing in Parking or Traffic Violations, please call 716-851-5182.

Mayor Brown extends Selfie Challenge

Mayor Brown today renewed his call to Bills Maia, urging participation in his popular Selfie Challenge, which has attracted thousands of Buffalo Bills fans to the steps of iconic Buffalo City Hall to pay tribute to the AFC East champions. Mayor Brown set a goal for fans: take 2,021 unique, fun and celebratory Selfies at the City Hall Selfie Station under the banner at the front steps of Buffalo City Hall between now and the next Bills game on Sunday, January 24th.

Mayor Brown stated, "It's great to see how well my Selfie Challenge has gone in the City of Buffalo and far beyond thanks to social media. I'm proud to extend the Selfie Challenge to give more fans the opportunity to come to Buffalo City Hall and take their Selfie to be part of this special tribute. I thank Bills Maia for continuing to show their amazing support for our beloved Buffalo Bills as they continue to advance in the playoffs.

Selfie Challenge participants must have their photo set to public and tag Mayor Brown in their post for a chance to be featured on his social media. Please also tag the Buffalo Bills and use #GoBills and #BillsMaia to show the team our support. Be sure to follow @MayorByronBrown716 on Instagram, @MayorByronBrown on Twitter and @MayorByronBrown on Facebook.

The City of Buffalo lights up to honor the victims of COVID-19

The top of Buffalo City Hall will be illuminated in amber tonight as part of a national memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19. Mayor Brown also directed partners of the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (Buffalo LIT) to do the same. The lighting coincides with a special lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., taking place the day before President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris are sworn into ofice. As part of this national moment of unity and remembrance, churches and other buildings in cities across the country are also being asked to ring their bells tonight at 5:30pm.

Mayor Brown stated, "The inauguration of President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris marks a new national journey however with so many people mourning the loss of family, friends and neighbors, it's important to honor those  who died from COVID-19. This has been a challenging time for all of us and what better way to rebuild our nation than to come together to reflect on the lives lost, while continuing to lift each other up."

Go Bills: Playoffs on the Patios returns to Chippewa St. this weekend

Mayor Brown announced today that Restaurant Operators at Soho and Rec Room are once again working with the City of Buffalo Small Business Social Distancing Initiative (SBSDI) for the return of "Playoffs on the Patios," a safe, socially distant dining experience for Bills Fans as they cheer on the Buffalo Bills during their game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 24th. "Playoffs on the Patios" is part of Reopen Buffalo, the Brown Administration's ongoing effort to support City businesses during the COVID-19 emergency.


On Sunday, January 24th, Chippewa Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 1pm - 11:30pm from Franklin Street to the Buffalo Tap House as crews set up additional dining tables and chairs and two large LED video screens for patrons to enjoy great food and Buffalo Bills football. Gates open at 5:30pm and you must be 21 years of age or older for admittance. Tables are limited and reservations are required, to reserve a table email or text 716-939-1279.

Resources are available to assist small businesses in the City of Buffalo during the COVID-19 emergency. For more information visit

Help improve intersection at Main Street and Humboldt Parkway

Residents and stakeholders are invited to attend a virtual public information meeting regarding the improvements planned for the intersection of Main Street, Humboldt Parkway and Kensington Avenue. Experts will provide updates about the project which includes the installation of two new traffic signals, lane modifications and more. This virtual meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20th at 6pm. To attend, visit: and use the Webinar ID: 994 7853 5250. To join by telephone, call 1-646-518-9805 or 888-475-4499. For more information, visit

A call for ideas: decide the future of 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 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: Since 2006, Mayor Brown has invested $74 million in parks citywide.

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

Apply today for AMR's Earn While You Learn program

Mayor Brown encourages residents interested in pursuing a new career to apply for American Medical Response's (AMR) new class of the 'Earn While You Learn' academy. The program 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

#BuffaloStrong: How you can support Buffalo youth

Show your pride in Buffalo while also helping to provide quality programming to young City residents. WKBW-7's #BuffaloStrong campaign is helping the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, by launching a new, grey edition of the popular#BuffaloStrong shirts and hoodies. Through a continued partnership with Retro Buffalo, $7 from each t-shirt and hoodie purchase will go to the Buffalo PAL, which provides educational, athletic and cultural programs to over 20,000 City of Buffalo youth every year. To order, visit For more about how you can help Buffalo PAL, visit

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