Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today called on residents to participate in President Joseph Biden’s new “100-Day Mask Challenge”. The effort, announced by the President on Wednesday, asks Americans to wear face coverings for the next 100 days to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Mayor Brown stated, “Today, I am asking everyone who lives in the City of Buffalo to accept President Joe Biden’s 100-day mask challenge. As the President said, wearing masks for the next few months could save as many as 50,000 lives and keep more people safe as the vaccine is more widely distributed. Buffalo’s waited more than a quarter of a century to get back to the AFC Championship game, having everyone wear a mask when they go out for the next 100-days shouldn’t be a problem because we’re Buffalo Strong!”
President Biden also issued an Executive Order requiring masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors.
Mayor Brown today announced that he has agreed to a friendly wager with Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton D. Lucas ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs. Both Mayors have mutually agreed that the Mayor of the defeated team will send food from select small businesses to be distributed to essential workers as a token of appreciation for their hard work. The friendly wager is also meant to encourage residents and visitors to support local small businesses, the lifeblood of the economies of both cities.
Mayor Brown stated, “When our beloved Buffalo Bills bring home yet another victory this Sunday, I plan to give our delicious wager winnings to the Soldiers, Airmen and civilian support staff from the New York Army National Guard who have administered more than 80,000 COVID-19 tests to Western New Yorkers since April at the Perry Street drive-thru testing site in Downtown Buffalo. These men and women have served our residents with distinction every single day since the beginning of this emergency to operate one of the most critical components in our fght against this pandemic. On behalf of the City of Buffalo, I thank them for all that they have done for our community during its greatest time of need. Let’s Go Buffalo!”
Mayor Brown also thanked the frontline men and women from the 105th Military Police Company, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and 107th Attack Wing of the NYARNG stationed at this site for their commitment to ensuring that testing was always available for essential City workers throughout this public health crisis.
“We look forward to Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, and to keeping the Lamar Hunt Trophy where it belongs— Kansas City,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas. “After the Kansas City Chiefs clinch the AFC Championship once again, Mayor Brown has generously offered to send famous wings from Manna @ Northland and Doc Sullivan’s to our healthcare workers and first responders at Swope Health to thank them for the critical work they're doing for our community. In return, Kansas City looks forward to sharing our world-famous Gates Bar-B-Q, wings from Taps on Main, some great Made in Kansas City memorabilia, and 100 Charlie Hustle Kansas City-branded face masks to the NY National Guard members stationed at Coronavirus testing sites in the City of Buffalo. We appreciate their service to our country and the good people of Western New York, and know that every test brings us another step closer to beating COVID-19. Let’s go, Chiefs!”
Mayor Brown is wagering some of Buffalo’s world-famous wings! Manna @ Northland will provide its delicious “Mango Bam Bam Wings”. Manna @ Northland is located at 683 Northland Avenue on the City’s East Side. Doc Sullivan’s will provide its
famed “Smitty Wings” and “Beef on Weck Wings”. Doc Sullivan’s is located at 474 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.
Kansas City Mayor Lucas is wagering Kansas City Monarch memorabilia from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; Made in KC snacks and Chiefs gear, 100 heart KC masks, and 100 neck gaiters from Charlie Hustle, Food from Gate’s BBQ and wings from Taps on Main.
The Buffalo Bills play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 24th with kick-off at 6:40pm.
Mayor Brown directed the dome atop Buffalo City Hall to light up in blue tonight through Monday in continued support of the Buffalo Bills. Mayor Brown also called on the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (Buffalo LIT) to also light their structures in a united show of support for the team during their AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs 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 www.buffalony.gov/ReopenBuffalo.
Mayor Brown continues to expand efforts to keep residents informed on important updates in our community. Tune in to his radio show, “Talk of the Town with Mayor Brown,” Sunday, January 24th, at 1pm on the legendary WUFO Mix 1080 AM/ Power 96.5.
To fnd 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 urges unemployed residents to take advantage of an exciting event next week at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC) that could help them land their next job. On Thursday, January 28th, BETC is hosting a free headshot forum from 9am - 4pm at 77 Goodell Street. Residents can receive a free headshot to use for their LinkedIn and other social media profles to help market themselves to prospective employers. Buffalo Photographer Yves-Richard Blanc is gifting $4,000 worth of services to BETC as a way to give back and help put unemployed residents back to work.
BETC’s local job experts continue to assist residents impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. If you are looking for a new job, call BETC at 856-JOBS. Employment counselors are available for remote one-on-one counseling sessions. For more information about BETC and the incredible resources they offer residents, visit www.workforcebuffalo.org.
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 www.retrobuffalo.com/products/buffalostrong. For more about how you can help Buffalo PAL, visit buffalopal.com.
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 connectlifegiveblood.org.
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