Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today encouraged Buffalo residents to support efforts to prevent the tragic effects of gun violence and value human lives on National Gun Violence Awareness Week 2021.
“Tonight the City Hall dome and our BuffaloLIT partners’ buildings will be lit in orange as we mark this somber day. Here in Buffalo and across the nation, gun violence is taking an enormous toll on those whose lives are touched by gun violence,” Mayor Brown said.
Through the first five months of 2021, 137 people were shot in the City of Buffalo, and 34 people were killed.
Mayor Brown included $150,000 in the City’s 2021-2022 budget for the Buffalo Peacemakers, anti-violence organization, as part of his Administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce gun crimes. Over the past year the City also has also increased its community policing efforts, and has joined forces with Erie County and the federal Department of Justice to crack down on illegal weapons and gang activity.
The first Friday in June has been recognized as National Gun Violence Awareness Day since 2015.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports more than 30,000 firearm fatalities each year, and over 80,000 non-fatal firearm injuries. Firearms are involved in more than half of suicides and more than two-thirds of homicides in the United States.
As part of the BuffaloLIT program, downtown Buffalo will be lit in Green, Saturday, June 5, for World Environment Day, Red, White and Blue on Sunday, June 6, for the 77th Anniversary of D-Day, and Red, Black and Green on Monday, June 7 for the kick-off of Juneteenth celebrations.
Another season of free dance fitness classes begins Saturday, June 5th at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at 10 a.m. The Summer City Fitness series, which runs through August 7th, is made possible through a partnership between the City of Buffalo and Highmark BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York.
The free fitness series features a mix of low- and high-impact dance fitness classes presented by Lancia “Lala” Woods. The one-hour classes will take place near the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue.
Allison DeHonney, of Urban Fruits & Veggies, will also be at the park each Saturday offering fresh fruit to participants. The classes are open to individuals of all ages, regardless of fitness level and experience.
All classes are weather-dependent. More information, a full calendar of fitness classes and online registration can be found at: Bcbswny.com/scf. Pre-registration is highly-recommended as the popular classes fill up fast.
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: