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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Mayor Brown Announces Important Updates to Buffalo’s Response to the Covid-19 Emergency 2-16-21


Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown continues his support for Black-owned businesses in the City of Buffalo by calling on residents to support the 4th annual Black Restaurant Week. Black-owned restaurants have been hit hard during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. Mayor Brown is asking residents to try different restaurants this week to not only help these small businesses, but to also raise awareness about the diverse and delicious cuisine offered right in their own neighborhoods.

 Mayor Brown stated, “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Buffalo and Western New York economy. I am asking residents to be good neighbors by supporting Black-owned restaurants not just this week, but all year long. We must help ensure their survival through this health emergency. Their success is our success.”

Black Restaurant Week is organized by the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals and runs through February 21, 2021. To view a list of participating residents, visit

 The Brown Administration continues its commitment to diversity, equity, opportunity, and inclusion through a variety of efforts, including its partnership with Buy Black Buffalo. As part of Black History Month, Buy Black Buffalo is offering free seminars to help Black-owned businesses owners during the pandemic. The next is on February 17th at 6 PM, when Google Digital Coach and founder of Shinehard Foundation, Johnny Bailey, will host the “Growing with Google” virtual workshop. Bailey, a social entrepreneur and marketing strategist will discuss ways entrepreneurs can use Google products to grow and scale their business. Residents can register for the free event by visiting

Buy Black Buffalo is also partnering with Buffalo Bills Running Back Zack Moss, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. and Albright Knox to spotlight our youth’s voices. Through Instagram, Moss asks all City of Buffalo students in grades 6-12 to submit a video up to 60 seconds, digital artwork, or an up to 100-word written expression about what activism in sports means to them and the culture. For more information about the contest, please visit or on Instagram @buyblackbuffalony and @pal_buffalo. Albright Knox will judge the entries and select three winners. The first-place winner will enjoy a ten-minute virtual meet and greet with Zack Moss. All three winners will receive memorabilia from Zack Moss and the Buffalo Bills.

Happening TONIGHT: Virtual Town Hall on new art at Broderick Park

Mayor Brown, in partnership with the City of Buffalo Arts Commission, the Division of Parks and Recreation, Buffalo Quarters Historical Society, and the Friends of Broderick Park, invite residents to attend a virtual town hall on exciting public art installations planned to celebrate Broderick Park’s Underground Railroad heritage. Mayor Brown recommended funding this initiative with $400,000 in capital bond funds. Residents can submit questions in advance of the meeting by emailing Questions will be answered during the Q&A portion of the meeting. The meeting is tonight at 6pm. To access the Zoom meeting log in to, Meeting ID: 865 2080 9796, Passcode: 661267. You can also call in by dialing 646-558-8656.

Apply for assistance through the STAND UP Buffalo initiative

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 STANDUP 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

Winter Porch Sports returns!

Mayor Brown today announced the return of Winter Porch Sports. The popular health initiative was postponed last week due to frigid temperatures. The fitness program is designed to keep residents moving during winter while also maintaining safe physical distancing during the COVID-19 emergency. Winter Porch Sports is brought to the community by Mayor Brown in partnership with the City of Buffalo Division of Citizen Services, the Buffalo Police Athletic League, Inc. and Buffalo Wintermission. Winter Porch Sports is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The complete Winter Porch Sports schedule is as follows:


Featuring PAL PLAYSTREETS 2/16, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30

Massachusetts Avenue Park 2 PM – 3:30 PM

Residential neighborhoods 3:45 PM- 6:30 PM


Featuring PAL PLAYSTREETS 2/17, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31

MLK, Jr. Park

2 PM- 3:30 PM

Residential neighborhoods 3:45 PM – 6:30 PM


Park Request Day February - March

Any Buffalo organization, block club, or community group can request a truck at their location Please call 3-1-1 for availability

 Preregistration required for park-only events. To register, visit 

Sign up for BuffAlert Parking Updates

Over 6,100 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.

Attention families: Sign up for free youth educational program

The Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc. (Buffalo PAL) encourages families to attend its series of free educational programs designed specifically for youth. The first session of “Passport to the World Club: Virtual Cooking Program with Patti Green” is full, but Buffalo PAL is accepting registration for session II, which begins on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6pm. The program empowers families to come together to learn to prepare fresh meals. The program runs 2 days a week from 6pm– 7:30pm 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

City of Buffalo User Fee Office operating 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.

Tesla looking to hire local talent

Automaker Tesla has announced that it is ramping up hiring at its Gigafactory in South Buffalo to support self-driving capabilities in its new automobiles. They are seeking qualified candidates to fill Data Annotation Specialist positions, to learn more about the job or to apply, visit

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 maintain our local blood supply by donating today

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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