BUFFALO, NY — Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the City has received the first half of the federal government’s $331 million in American Rescue Plan funds. The funds, which are to be used to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic, provide “a unique opportunity for the City of Buffalo,” Mayor Brown said.
“We’ve been planning for this money to come in for the past six months. We’re going to spent it in a way that we hope has a multiplier effect. We’ve been working with our commissioners and outside experts. We want to see additional money from the private sector, from philanthropic organizations and maybe partner with other governments in the region to stretch the dollars further,” Mayor Brown said.
The Mayor said the federal funds will make it possible to build Buffalo back post-pandemic to be stronger, more vibrant, and more equitable than it was before.
“We want more development and more jobs in every section of our City,” Mayor Brown said. “We need to spend these funds strategically, wisely and have to make sure that these dollars positively impact every neighborhood and every household to improve the quality of life and improve opportunities for good and successful futures,” Mayor Brown added.
Some of the funding will be spent to address COVID losses in the last budget year, in the 2021 budget year and in the 2022 budget year for expenses the city has incurred.
In addition to internal planning for how the $165 million will be spent, the Mayor said a process will be established to obtain input from the community.
“We’re open to ideas. We’re open to information from the public,” Mayor Brown said. The City will receive another $165 million through the federal program in 2022.
Mayor Byron W. Brown today was joined by a representative of Buffalo’s LGBTQ community and several local officials for the 30th Annual Pride flag raising in Niagara Square to kick-off Buffalo Pride Week 2021.
Pride Week is being celebrated with a mix of virtual and in-person LGBTQ events which runs through Sunday, June 6.
“My Administration works every day to make Buffalo a welcoming place of inclusion and diversity, including efforts to recognize and protect the dignity of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity,” Mayor Byron
W. Brown said.
Mayor Brown has instituted a progressive set of City of Buffalo Workplace Gender Transition Guidelines for city employees, as part of his mission to make Buffalo a City of Opportunity for all.
“The introduction of that policy reflects our goal, laid out in my Opportunity Agenda, of building a city that respects the diversity of its people. Department heads now have official guidelines to follow when an employee is undergoing, or has undergone, the process of gender transition in the workplace, and use them to best support the transitioning individual,” Mayor Brown said.
The City of Buffalo also offers trans-inclusive employee health insurance coverage and installed gender-neutral bathrooms at City Hall.
The dome of City Hall and the City’s BuffaloLIT partners will be lit up in rainbow colors tonight for a second night to mark the 30th Anniversary of Pride Week in the City of Buffalo.
Delaware District residents are reminded Bulk Trash collection will take place from Monday, June 7 through Saturday, June
12. Residents are asked to put all their bulk trash items to the curb on Sunday so it’s ready for pick up, starting Monday morning. Bulk trash collection will be done Mon. – Sat. next week, not just on regular garbage and recycling days.
In addition to following rules on what can be put in bulk trash, residents are reminded that ALL posted parking restrictions will be enforced to make way for trash collection.
Bulk Trash Week Rules: