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Sunday, October 04, 2015
Mayor Brown, Buffalo Fire Department Celebrate Fire Prevention Month
September 14, 2015 - 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 Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo will celebrate National Fire Prevention Month by hosting five open houses at firehouses citywide. Free smoke detectors, coloring books and fire prevention safety tips will be distributed. The events are designed to educate children and families about fire safety and invite residents to get a behind-the-scenes view of the job of a firefighter.
“I’m proud of the Buffalo Fire Department’s continued commitment to the safety of city residents and business owners, not just during fire prevention month, but year-round," said Mayor Brown. "This month, I encourage city youth and their parents to visit an open house where they will receive important information on how working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire, along with other life-saving safety tips. We all know that the best way to prevent injury and property loss due to a fire is to be prepared.”
Residents are invited to attend the following Fire Prevention and Safety Open Houses in Buffalo:
Mayor Brown, Montante Group Announce Details For Implosion Of Former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital Tower
September 29, 2015 - Implosion is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2015; implosion of landmark building makes way for continued progress in Buffalo and a new $150 million mixed-use project
Mayor Byron Brown was joined by various city department officials and representatives from TM Montante Development and Montante Construction to announce details regarding the implosion of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital Tower at Gates Circle. The implosion of the 11 story tower will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 7 a.m. If weather conditions prevent an October 3rd implosion, the implosion will occur at a similar time on the following day.
“The former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital building has been a landmark in Buffalo for over 100 years, with hundreds of memories still alive in the hearts of many of our residents,” said Mayor Brown. “This weekend, we look toward the future and will make way for continued progress in Buffalo with an implosion that will mark the start of an exciting milestone in the physical transformation of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital site into a new $150 million multi-phased mixed-use complex.”
TM Montante Development is working to redevelop the vacant former hospital site into a mixed-use district that will include a small grocery store, a health and wellness center, residential apartments and condominiums, office space, and small retail shops.
“We’re going to open up the site and bring together residents from adjacent neighborhoods, all while creating attractive new public spaces,” said TM Montante Development president Christian Campos. “This is a critical and exciting milestone in the site’s physical transformation into a vibrant mixed-use urban district.”
Over the past few weeks, representatives from TM Montante Development have been meeting with residents, who live within the immediate radius of the implosion, to answer questions and address any concerns. At today’s press conference, Buffalo Police Department officials announced that beginning at 3 a.m. on Saturday, October 3rd, Delaware Avenue at Ferry Street will be closed to Gates Circle. Ferry Street will remain open. North bound traffic on Delaware will detour onto Ferry Street, proceeding east to Main Street or west to Elmwood Avenue. Access will be provided to residents and business personnel when possible.
ECMC Supports City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge
September 15, 2015 -Mayor Brown thanks the leadership and staff of Erie County Medical Center for joining individuals and organizations across Buffalo in signing the pledge
As momentum continues to build for the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, Mayor Byron Brown was pleased to welcome support from the leadership and staff of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). ECMC CEO Rich Cleland, along with representatives of ECMC Corporation, the ECMC Foundation Board and administrators, signed the pledge today at the Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility.
“As economic growth and opportunity continues in Buffalo, it’s important that all residents and business owners benefit from the city’s rising prosperity,” said Mayor Brown. “I thank the leadership and staff at ECMC for signing the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, a reflection of their continued commitment to helping us build a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity in Buffalo.”
The Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, part of an initiative that is moving Buffalo toward the goal of shared prosperity for all residents, kicked into high gear last month with the debut of the newly designed logo for the pledge. To date, 2,898 individuals and 115 organizations have signed the pledge, with additional organizations requesting and scheduling ‘signing events’ with Mayor Brown in the weeks to come.
The pledge initiative continues Mayor Brown’s efforts to break down barriers for minorities and women that includes the hiring of the most diverse workforce in the city’s history, as well as incorporating community benefits into many of the city’s largest economic development projects. The City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge encourages businesses, organizations and residents to commit to building a culture of inclusion and equality in Buffalo. View and sign the pledge at:www.city-buffalo.com/BuffaloOpportunityPledge.
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