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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Mayors of the Cities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Lockport and Tonawanda Announce Success in Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness
October 20 - Mayors of the Cities of Buffalo (Byron W. Brown), Niagara Falls (Paul Dyster), Lockport (Anne McCaffrey) and Tonawanda (Rick Davis) are pleased to announce an effective end to Veteran homelessness in response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to action through the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in Western New York (WNY). The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and United States Department of Veterans Affairs recently recognized the four cities for achieving significant federal benchmarks that resulted in an effective system to quickly identify homeless Veterans, provide immediate shelter to any Veteran experiencing unsheltered homelessness who wants it and, once they accept an offer of housing, are able to house them within 90 days.
Mayor Brown Announces Lead Testing Results in Water
Independent test results show City of Buffalo water is lead safe
New HAWK Signal on Kenmore Avenue
Mayor Brown announces that a new pedestrian/cyclist crossing signal is now live on Kenmore Avenue at the intersection of the North Buffalo Rails to Trails
Today, Mayor Brown, joined by Congressman Higgins, State Senator Kennedy, State Assembly Member Peoples-Stokes, Erie County Legislator Savage and University District Council Member Wyatt, announced that a High-Intensity Activated CrossWalK (HAWK) signal has been activated on Kenmore Avenue at the intersection of the North Buffalo Rails-to- Trails path. The HAWK signal - the first in the City of Buffalo - is a new traffic control device designed to improve pedestrian safety.
Mayor Brown, Buffalo Fire Celebrate Fire Prevention and Safety Month
October is National Fire Prevention Month and firehouses throughout the city are hosting open houses to encourage increased fire safety and prevention in Buffalo
Mayor Byron W. Brown Declares Advertising Week in Buffalo
Series of events, gatherings for Ad pros and students to discuss and celebrate industry
October 12, 2016 – To spotlight the economic impact and investment of the local marketing and advertising industry, Mayor Byron W. Brown declared this week as Advertising Week in the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown Opens Pearl Street to Two-Way Traffic
$2.5 million infrastructure improvement project further improves pedestrian and vehicular access throughout downtown Buffalo
September 26, 2016 - A record number of Champion Readers and their families celebrated Mayor Byron Brown’s 15th annual Reading Rules! Summer Reading Challenge today at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. This year, nearly 2,000 students, in grades K-12, successfully completed Mayor Brown’s summer reading challenge. Nearly 13,000 Champion Readers in Buffalo have completed the challenge since 2006.
Buffalo Fall Roadway Projects Kick into High Gear This Week
Mayor Brown highlights several major infrastructure paving projects
September 26, 2016 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Congressman Brian Higgins, State Assembly Member Michael Kearns, Senator Timothy Kennedy and South District Council Member Christopher Scanlon, today marked the start of paving on Warren Spahn Way in Cazenovia Park, part of a $300,000 infrastructure improvement project. He also announced the start of milling on the Pearl Street Two-Way Conversion project, a $2.5 million project - supported by a $1.5 million city bond and $1.0 million CFA grant from New York State - that is aimed at further improving pedestrian and vehicular access throughout downtown.
Mayor Brown Helps Promote 'Make-A-Wish Western New York Radio-Thon' in Buffalo
He also pays tribute to Wish Champion, Larry Norton, who has been hosting the 97-Rock Radio-Thon since its inception 22 years ago; this will be the veteran broadcaster’s final Make-A-Wish Radio-Thon
September 20, 2016 - Mayor Byron Brown presented Larry Norton with a City of Buffalo gift basket as a thank you for his hard work and dedication to countless children in Buffalo and Western New York. Norton has hosted the 97-Rock Radio-Thon for decades, raising nearly three-million dollars. Norton will continue his work - one final time - as he hosts his very last Radio-Thon on Thursday, September 22, 2016 beginning at 6 a.m. During the 28-hour event, Norton will speak with children who have received a wish, doctors who know how important the wish process is for the children, and plenty of folks who know first-hand, what a wish means, not only to the child – but to the community as well. All money raised stays right here in WNY, helping to bring joy and hope to children battling life-threatening illnesses.
Mayor Brown Celebrates National Welcoming Week With Recognition For Buffalo Public Schools
Mayor Brown and Common Council File Revised Green Code and Unified Development Ordinance Which Reflects Extensive Public Input on Future Development in the City of Buffalo
Today’s filing will lead to a final round of review to overhaul the City’s 63-year-old zoning rules
Mayor Brown and Fire Commissioner Whitfield Swear In New Class Of Firefighter Recruits
September 8, 2016 - 12 Buffalo Firefighters also promoted at Ceremony
Mayor Byron W. Brown and Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield today swore in a new class of 57 fire recruits. The new recruits will begin a rigorous training program on Monday. Mayor Brown also commemorated the promotion and appointment of 12 Buffalo firefighters.
“Today, we congratulate the newly promoted officers who will continue to fill the ranks of Buffalo Fire’s senior leadership as we also honor and welcome 57 new fire recruits with enormous talent, a good work ethic and diverse backgrounds into the Buffalo Fire Family,” said Mayor Brown. “With each new fire class, Buffalo Fire grows stronger and more representative of the communities it serves and on behalf of city residents I thank each and every one of these new recruits for their service.”
With new leadership in place - and with the addition of this new class of fire recruits – the total number of sworn personnel in Buffalo Fire is 709. The new recruits begin training on Monday, with a tentative graduation ceremony in December.
Mayor Brown Dedicates New Contemplative Garden At Broderick Park To Lillion Batchelor
August 31, 2016 - Mayor Byron Brown and Niagara District Council Member David Rivera, joined by community leaders, business owners, residents and others, dedicated the new Contemplative Garden at Broderick Park today to Lillion Batchelor, founder of the Buffalo Quarters Historical Society, for her continued commitment and dedication to raising the national and international awareness of the significant role of Buffalo in the Underground Railroad movement. A beautiful bronze plaque etched with Ms. Batchelor’s name was unveiled as part of the commemoration ceremony of the new garden.
Mayor Brown stated, “Today is a special day as we dedicate the new Contemplative Garden at Broderick Park to Ms. Lillion Batchelor, who never lost sight of the goal of bringing significant improvements to one of Buffalo’s finest waterfront parks and, in the process, raised global awareness about Buffalo’s role in the Underground Railroad movement. It’s an honor to dedicate this special garden as the “Lillion Batchelor Contemplative Garden.”
Mayor Brown Calls On City Seniors To Take Part In AARP Experience Corps Literacy Program
August 11, 2016 - Program being administered by Read to Succeed Buffalo
Mayor Byron W. Brown is calling on city senior volunteers, ages 50 and up, to sign up immediately to participate in the AARP Foundation's Experience Corps Literacy Program, an award-winning national literacy program that helps struggling students become better readers by pairing them with well trained, mature volunteer literacy tutors.
Mayor Brown Attends Groundbreaking For One Of The Largest Commercial Development Projects Taking Place On Lower West Side In 25 Years
August 3, 2016 - GBUAHN’s new medical facility brings jobs; access to quality healthcare to Lower West Side
Buffalo’s Lower West Side neighborhood is experiencing a significant economic transformation, and the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) is contributing to this progress by building a new $5 million medical facility. Mayor Byron W. Brown joined GBUAHN at today’s ground breaking ceremony for the new medical facility that will offer a full variety of healthcare services. He also issued a proclamation declaring August 3, 2016 as ‘Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network’ day in the City of Buffalo.
“As we continue to grow Buffalo into a city of opportunity for all people, I thank the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network for its continued commitment to our community and launching one of the largest commercial development projects taking place on the lower west side of Buffalo in 25 years,” said Mayor Brown, adding that the city has already provided support for this significant health care project via the Office of Strategic Planning and Permits and Inspection Services.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios