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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 1-25-21


Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today commended the Buffalo Bills for the end of their successful season. The team’s journey to the Super Bowl came to an end last night after being defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs. Mayor Brown remains confident that the Buffalo Bills will return stronger and joins other residents in looking forward to another great season when the team returns to the gridiron this fall.

Mayor Brown stated, “On behalf of the City of Buffalo, I thank the Buffalo Bills team and organization for their hard work, determination and effort to provide fans with one of the most exciting football seasons in years. We continue to remain confident and root for our team as they follow path to greatness next season. I also thank the Bills for being such strong supporters of our community both on and off the field, these players will always be champions to the people of Western New York. I also thank Bills Mafia for showing the rest of the nation that when it comes to fan support and showing love for our team, no one does it bigger and better than Buffalo!”

The City of Buffalo lights up for the Bills

Mayor Brown directed the dome atop Buffalo City Hall to light up in blue tonight in a show of appreciation for the successful season by 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 appreciation for the AFC East Champions.

Brown Administration continues to protect residents from COVID-19

Today, the City of Buffalo Department of Community Services employees distributed masks to hundreds of residents participating in a COVID-19 vaccination drive at the St. John Baptist Church, located at 184 Goodell Street in the Fruit Belt neighborhood of the City. The masks will help protect vulnerable residents and limit community spread as the federal, state and county continues advancing the vaccination distribution effort throughout the City of Buffalo and Western New York.

Parking reminder

Tonight, there is a 6 pm parking switchover, from 6 pm Monday to 6 pm Thursday. The alternate side parking on these streets is critical for emergency vehicle access.

Sign up for BuffAlert Parking Updates initiative

Nearly 6,000 residents have signed up for the new 9am-4pm parking tool to assist residents during snow events in the City of Buffalo. Residents can sign up for the BuffAlert Parking Update initiative 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. The program provides residents with notice to move their vehicles in these zones during snow events.

Free headshots available for job seekers

Mayor Brown urges unemployed residents to take advantage of an exciting event this 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 profiles 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

Reopen Buffalo: A guide for small businesses impacted by the pandemic

Resources are available to assist small businesses in the City of Buffalo during the COVID-19 emergency. Businesses interested in expanding outdoor services can do so through the Small Business Social Distancing Initiative (SBSDI). Program participants must adhere to specific guidelines and must obtain a permit to use heaters by contacting the Office of Fire Prevention at 716-851-5333 ext.750. The City also offers additional resources through

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 or 851-5014. 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.

#BuffaloStrong: How you can support Buffalo youth

This is the final week of WKBW-7’s #BuffaloStrong campaign, which is helping the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, by providing part of the proceeds from the sale of its 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. For more about how you can help Buffalo PAL, visit

Help your community by giving 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

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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