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Posted on: January 20, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 1-20-21


Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today issued the following statement on the inauguration of President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris: Mayor Brown stated, “It is with renewed hope and promise that I congratulate President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on this historic Inauguration Day in the United States of America. While acknowledging the pain and loss we have collectively experienced as a Nation, we must also recognize that today we celebrate and honor the past, present and future achievements of all Black women as Kamala Harris was sworn in as our Vice President. Today, our healing begins, our purpose is restored, and, as President Biden said, our democracy prevailed.”

Buffalo City Hall reopens Thursday

Buffalo City Hall reopens to the public on Thursday, January 21st, 2021. If you need to reschedule an appointment or hearing in Parking or Traffc Violations, please call 716-851-5182.

Mandela Market expansion to help meet food needs on the East Side

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the Mandela Market’s expansion project on the East Side of Buffalo. The $145,000 expansion at 272 East Ferry Street, which was supported by funding from the state's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund and Buffalo Billion II initiative, provides greater access to fresh fruit and vegetables for a neighborhood partially covered by a USDA-designated second standard food desert. Open 24 hours a day and accessible by bus routes, the market helps residents of the area lead a healthier lifestyle and improved quality of life.

Mayor Brown stated, “The completion of the Mandela Market’s expansion is great news for residents who live in this neighborhood as they now have access to healthier food options like fruits and vegetables. I am grateful for this $145,000 targeted investment from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund. Our residents can now enjoy even more nutritional, prepared food options and fresh produce, all year long. I also thank Mandela Market Owner Ahmed Saleh for his deep commitment and excellent service to our community.”

Ahmed Saleh, an African immigrant who worked his way through business school, established Mandela Market in 2007. The market's success led to an expansion in 2012 and a second location opened on Broadway Street in 2018. Saleh  undertook the expansion at the east Ferry Street location so he could offer his customers healthier foods, such as fruits, vegetables and prepared food - an undertaking that required constructing an additional 1,500 square feet of new space and purchasing new equipment. Mandela Market received $130,000 from Empire State Development as part of the East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund.

Happening tonight: Residents invited to help improve intersection at Main and Humboldt

Residents and stakeholders are invited to attend a virtual public information meeting tonight 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 traffc signals, lane modifcations and more. This virtual meeting will be held tonight 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

Reminder: Chippewa closed on Sunday

On Sunday, January 24th, Chippewa Street will be closed to vehicular traffc from 1pm - 11:30pm from Franklin Street to the Buffalo Tap House for restaurants participating in the City of Buffalo Small Business Social Distancing Initiative (SBSDI). The initiative is part of the Brown Administration's ongoing effort to support City businesses during the COVID-19 emergency. For more information on resources available to assist small businesses, 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

January is National Blood Donor Month. 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

Looking for work? BETC offers free job placement assistance

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.

Buffalo PAL offers free educational programs for Buffalo youth

The Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. is launching a series of free educational programs designed specifcally for youth. The frst session of "Passport to the World Club: Virtual Cooking Program with Patti Green" kicks off Thursday, January 21st, the program empowers families to come together to learn to prepare fresh meals. The program runs 2 days a week from 6pm - 7pm and teaches families how to master recipes and learn lessons in science, history and math through cooking. Fresh grocery ingredients will be provided each week for each meal and youth participants will receive a chef hat and apron. Space is limited, to register visit

Buffalo PAL also invites teenage City residents to join the Youth Opportunity Connect Program. The safe, free, virtual program teaches teens about health and nutrition, ftness, art, fnancial literacy and much more. The frst session is Wednesday, January 27th from 6 pm - 7pm. Register for free at

#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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