Buffalo, NY—Mayor Byron Brown submitted the City’s preliminary draft spending plan for its $331 million allocation from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to the Buffalo Common Council today. The plan must be submitted to the federal government by August 31st of this year. The draft spending plan is also available on the City’s Buffalo Transformation Fund webpage, where residents can continue to submit comments.
Mayor Brown said, “The preliminary draft of the spending plan which is being submitted is a living document that will continue to be revised through an ongoing engagement process with the public and the Common Council. I have heard a lot of positive feedback regarding the initiatives we have already proposed, and the ideas contained in this plan reflect the comments and ideas we have received from the public, the clergy, subject matter experts, and others. I look forward to working with the Council now to finalize a transformative plan that quickly addresses the needs of residents in the areas that have been the most severely impacted by the pandemic and restoring Buffalo’s positive economic outlook.”
The preliminary draft spending plan funds 28 different proposals across six of the federally designated eligible spending categories. These include the expanded Mayor’s Employment Program—which also includes funding for the “Earn While You Learn” initiative—as well as the Northland Workforce Training Center Scholarship program, the Minority Owned Business Assistance program, the Water and Sewer Amnesty program, and funding for community-based violence prevention programs. The six categories of funding and the amount of funding allocated to each category are:
In May, the Common Council also approved $50.4 million worth of revenue replacement from the ARP as part of the Enacted City Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.
The preliminary draft plan has three goals and aims to transform the economic landscape of the City of Buffalo by:
“I have always believed that cities first and foremost are supposed to help meet the needs of their residents. That is why this plan takes a holistic, systemic, and person-centered approach to speeding our recovery and permanently altering the path too many of our low-income Black and brown residents are on,” said Mayor Brown. “Now is the time to embrace this unique opportunity and to meet the mandate of the moment with bold action designed to address the needs of Buffalo’s residents now and into the future. I want to thank Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Brian Higgins for their extraordinary efforts and helping to make possible through their tireless advocacy.”
A complete copy of the preliminary draft plan is available on the Buffalo Transformation Fund page of the City’s website: www.buffalony.gov. Residents can download copies and continue to leave comments.