Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown provided the following statement today on the $324 million in Federal aid the City of Buffalo is estimated to receive under President Joseph R. Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
Mayor Brown stated, “I continue to remain confident in President Biden’s leadership in the effort to provide meaningful COVID-19 relief. He realizes this crisis has put unprecedented pressure on local governments and I have faith that the Biden-Harris Administration will swiftly deliver robust federal disaster relief. It is my hope that lawmakers on Capitol Hill will work together to provide the funding that we need so that cities can immediately begin healing and rebuilding. The City of Buffalo is ready to act on a broad range of initiatives to ensure our recovery.”
Mayor Brown encourages all minority and women-owned small business owners in the City of Buffalo to take advantage of a free seminar that will help guide them through tax season. As part of Black History Month, Mayor Brown is partnering with Buy Black Buffalo to bring educational resources to the community. The first event, a Tax Preparation and Accounting Workshop Series, will be held tonight at 6pm. Attendees will learn tips on how to have their accounting and tax affairs in order and also about available services to assist them this tax season. The free virtual session will be facilitated by Nakiea Cook, MBA, Owner of NCA Accounting and Consulting Solutions and Matthew Revere, Deputy Director of the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center. To register, visit buyblackbuffalo.com/tax-prep-accounting-workshop-series/.
Applications are now being accepted for Mayor Brown’s new Small Business, Tenants, And Neighborhood Development Underwriting Program or “STAND UP Buffalo” Initiative. The initiative is comprised of a series of direct assistance grants and programs that will allow residents and business owners to respond to the unique challenges the global Coronavirus Pandemic has caused in Buffalo and cities across the nation. The City of Buffalo received $11 million from the CARES Act and other funding sources to fund the STAND UP Buffalo. From that grant, BURA proactively developed new programs to assist residents with eviction prevention, foreclosure prevention, fair housing, owner & rental housing rehabilitation, microenterprise assistance and digital inclusion analysis. Eligible applicants must have incomes below 80% of the area median income. For more information on how to apply, call 3-1-1, 2-1-1 or visit www.buffalourbanrenewal.com.
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). The City also offers additional resources through www.buffalony.gov/ReopenBuffalo.
The historic Broadway Market, located at 999 Broadway, has a couple sweet offers for Valentine’s Day. The market is selling “Sweetheart Bags” featuring: 2 wine glasses, a bottle of wine, 6 chocolate strawberries and 2 mini pastry hearts from market vendors Lewandowski Produce, Chateau Buffalo, Strawberry Island and White Eagle Bakery. The baskets are $35 each and can be ordered for pickup by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-markets-sweetheart-bag-tickets-139416730193. Basket picked up is Saturday, February 13, 2021.
Kitchen @ The Market and Chef Darian Bryan are also offering a Valentine’s Day Surf & Turf take and make meal for 2. Chef Darian has selected and prepared the best ingredients from the Broadway Market for customers to cook their own intimate Valentine’s Day dinner. The package includes a zoom tutorial by Chef Darian, 2 seasoned strip steaks, 2 lobster tails, 2 twice baked potatoes and more! The package costs $165 and can be ordered for pickup on Saturday, February 13, 2021, by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valentines-dinner-with-chef-darian-tickets-139096781217
Mayor Brown encourages City youth between the ages of 14 to 21 to apply for his 2021 Summer Youth Internship and Employment Program. The initiative provides 6 weeks of in-person and virtual employment, as well as work-readiness training. Students will work 20 hours per week over the course of the 6-week program, which begins July 12, 2021 and ends August 20, 2021. City youth can apply online at www.buffalony.gov/MSYAPP. No mail-in or in-person application drop offs will be accepted. The application deadline is March 31, 2021.
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.
Over 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.
To find 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 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.
Use BuffAlert to stay informed on important information like emergencies and cancellations. You can sign up by texting JOIN BUFFALERT to 30890.