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Posted on: January 26, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 1-26-21


Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today invited members of the community and stakeholders to learn more about the plan to transform the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park into a world-class waterfront recreational destination. A Virtual Community Update on the former LaSalle Park will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, from 6pm – 7pm. Speakers will be on hand to provide updates on the redevelopment project. Panelists include Mayor Brown, representatives of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, the park design team and the Imagine LaSalle community focus group. The safe, virtual meeting will be hosted on Zoom, to register to receive call-in information for the meeting text “RWPark” to 716-222-8595. Residents can also watch the meeting on Mayor Brown’s Facebook page.

Buffalo Love Your Block to host virtual networking event

The Buffalo Love Your Block team is inviting residents and community stakeholders to attend its Peer-to-Peer Virtual Networking Workshop on Friday, January 29, 2021. The Love Your Block Buffalo initiative is a mini-grant program for community-based groups, block clubs or neighborhood projects that improve our neighborhoods. During the workshop, the Love Your Block team will discuss details about how to get involved with the initiative and highlight past projects. The Peer-to-Peer Virtual Networking Workshop runs from 3:30pm – 5pm. To RSVP, please email by Thursday, January 28th and you will be emailed a registration link. For more information, visit

Snow in the forecast: Sign up to receive BuffAlert Parking Updates TODAY

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 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

Apply 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

Last week to support Buffalo youth via the #BuffaloStrong campaign

This is the final week to 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

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 giving 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

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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