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Monday, May 04, 2015
Mayor Brown Releases 2015-2016 Recommended City Budget
Mayor Byron W. Brown today released his Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Proposed Budget and Four Year Financial Plan. This $493 million recommended spending plan builds on Buffalo’s significant progress, and further positions Buffalo as a City of Opportunity to ensure that all city residents share in Buffalo’s prosperity. The 2016 budget is balanced, continues to promote economic development and job creation, while honoring Mayor Brown’s commitment to not raise property taxes by keeping the residential property tax rate flat and by further lowering the commercial property tax rate. It also continues to exercise prudent, financial discipline by making strategic quality of life investments with a major focus on infrastructure, public safety, education, arts and cultural organizations.
“This budget sends a strong message to city residents, business owners and visitors that Buffalo is the place to purchase property, live, work and invest,” said Mayor Brown. “From the day I took office, my administration has worked hard to contain costs and create new revenue streams without raising taxes to improve Buffalo’s economy, create jobs and strengthen the quality of life for city residents and business owners. Our plan is working. We’ve made significant progress in a short period of time that is generating an enthusiasm to invest in Buffalo and this budget builds on our achievements.”Click here to view more information
QUEEN CITY POP UP: SPRING EDITION runs May 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015
Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown will kick off the second edition of Queen City Pop-Up in the historic Pierce Building located at 653 Main Street. Queen City Pop-Up is downtown’s first pop-up retail program designed to encourage retail activity along Main Street by creating new “pop-up” shops that feature local retailers. The project activates empty storefronts by filling them with retailers on a short term basis, free of charge. Plaza Group, LLC has agreed to provide rent-free retail space for Queen City Pop-Up participants. Queen City Pop Up: Spring Edition runs from May 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 5:00 p.m. For more information contact Brandye Merriweather, BUDC Downtown Development Coordinator & Manager at 716-362-8373.
COMMON COUNCIL MEETING AND BUDGET HEARING SCHEDULE 2015
Mayor Brown Launches 34 And More
April 22, 2015 - New citywide Public Awareness Recycling Campaign aims to further increase recycling rates in Buffalo
What’s in a number? Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown and a number of community members were surrounded by images of the number 34 at Niagara Square, including 34 green recycling totes, 34 biodegradable helium balloons, and brightly colored t-shirts and posters highlighting the number 34. It was all part of Mayor Brown’s big and bold kick-off to 34 and More, the city’s first ever advertising campaign aimed at encouraging city residents and visitors to recycle. The $50,000 campaign, funded by a Recycling Education Grant given to the city as part of its contract with Republic Services, is part of a comprehensive recycling marketing plan put together by Block Club, Inc. It’s designed to help the City of Buffalo increase its recycling rate beyond the national recycling rate of 34%.
"This is going to be an intensive campaign targeting neighborhoods and high traffic areas throughout Buffalo,” said Susan Attridge, Director of Recycling in the City of Buffalo. "We will saturate the City with information on how residents can participate in the City’s comprehensive recycling programs.”
Mayor Brown introduced a new recycling program in Buffalo in 2012. Since then, residential recycling rates have increased by over 81%, helping Buffalo achieve its highest recycling rate ever – nearly 23%. To further bolster rates, Mayor Brown issued a request for proposals in 2014, challenging the marketing community to create a public awareness recycling campaign. The city received eight excellent and competitive proposals through its request for proposal process. A selection committee, comprised of public and private citizens, was named to review the proposals and submit a recommendation to Mayor Brown. Mayor Brown went along with the recommendation and selected Block Club Inc., to put together the marketing campaign.
"We are proud to team up with Mayor Brown on this recycling initiative and to have a hand in the City of Buffalo's exciting progress," said David Horesh of Block Club.
Mayor Brown, Buffalo Sewer Authority Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo Kick Off Earth Week With New "Rain Check" Initiative To Protect Local Waterways
April 20, 2015 - Rain Check is a collaborative citywide effort to protect water quality and quantity through various programs and resources for city homeowners and businesses
Today, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, the Buffalo Sewer Authority and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo kicked off Earth Week with a new initiative that builds on efforts to keep Buffalo waterways clean and healthy. The initiative, called Rain Check, is a citywide effort to educate businesses and homeowners about how water-smart landscaping can protect water quality. Rain Check will offer a variety of programs and resources, including a downspout disconnect/rain barrel program. Rain Check’s campaign development was made possible through the Community Foundation and a national investment.
“We care about the health and well-being of Buffalo residents as well as the city’s many waterways and wildlife,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m proud of the partnership between the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Sewer Authority which has resulted in “green” streets like Carlton Avenue, Ardmore Place, Fillmore Avenue and Ohio Street; green vacant lot management; the City’s Green Code and the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. I thank our Rain Check partners for helping us do more for the environment and I invite each city resident to feel a sense of ownership by doing their part to keep our precious waterways clean and healthy through Rain Check and its downspout disconnect program.”
Mayor Brown Rolls Out The Welcome Mat For Paramount Pictures And Its "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" Movie Crew
April 15, 2015 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced details of the upcoming motion picture shoot of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ in Buffalo. As previously disclosed, Paramount Pictures will be shooting a series of action sequence scenes in the City of Buffalo as part of its sequel to the original blockbuster.
“We are pleased to have this major movie production in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown, noting that today’s announcement continues his commitment to support growing industries, including Buffalo’s emerging film industry. “Paramount Pictures has booked over 2, 200 room nights in our city and the production will spend millions of dollars in Buffalo. In addition, Paramount Pictures will be hiring local crews, eating in local restaurants and spending their money in Buffalo. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his role in helping to bring this shoot to our city. We look forward to a great experience for city residents, city merchants and Paramount Pictures.”
Paramount Pictures Unit Production Manager Wendy Williams joined Mayor Brown at today’s announcement in his office at Buffalo City Hall where it was also announced that production of a series of action sequence scenes will occur on the Kensington Expressway in the overnight hours from May 4th through the morning of May 17, 2015. This sequence will require the closure of Route 33 in both directions from downtown Buffalo to Route 198 from 7pm – 6am on those dates.
Also in attendance today were Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Timothy Clark, Cindy Abbott Letro, Chair of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, representatives from New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and NITECC (Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition) - the region’s authority on traffic coordination. Also in attendance were other city officials and several community leaders in the neighborhood where the filming will take place.
“We are pleased to see Paramount Pictures recognize Buffalo and Western New York as part of this major film franchise,” said Film Commission Chair Cindy Abbott Letro. “Mayor Brown has been an important advocate and friend of the film industry and his commitment was imperative in securing this major movie project.”
Under Mayor Brown’s leadership, Buffalo has become a new hotbed for movie and television production. He is in the process of hiring a qualified consulting team that can help further grow this unique market as part of a strategic plan to direct economic benefits, including the creation of jobs, attracting investments and stimulating local economies, into neighborhoods where filming occurs in Buffalo.
Mayor Brown’s commitment to build on Buffalo’s growing reputation as a diverse, interesting, and creative film center includes:
Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 is directed by David Green. Michael Bay is producing alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, with Galen Walker and Scott Mednick also producing. Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec are writing and will executive produce with Denis Stewart. The film will be released by Paramount Pictures in 2016.
Mayor Brown Announces City of Buffalo Earth Day Calendar
April 13, 2015 - While Earth Day is officially observed on April 22, events and happenings are taking place all month long around the City of Buffalo to mark the annual anniversary of the day set aside to focus on the environment. Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the City of Buffalo will be sponsoring the below list of outreach events to commemorate Earth Day on April 22, 2015.
• April 22nd—Mayor Byron W. Brown will be at Niagara Square at 1:00PM for a special Earth Day celebration.
• April 25th - 9:00AM—1:00PM—Republic Services Recycling Materials Facility Open House located in the rear of 2299 Kenmore Avenue Buffalo, NY 14207. City residents are encouraged to see where the recycling goes after it is collected at the curb. Refreshments will be served. Call 614-3368 for details.
• May 2nd— Community Paper Shredding Event and Clothing Drive at Martin Luther King Jr. Park from 10:00AM—1:00PM. Residents can bring their confidential documents to be shredded on site at no charge.
• May 2nd—GoBike Buffalo, the Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods and the Elmwood Village Business Association are sponsoring a used clothing and bike recycling event at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway from 10:00AM—2:00PM.
For additional information on events, please call Susan Attridge, City of Buffalo Recycling Coordinator, at 716-851-5014 or visit www.city-buffalo.com/recycle
Mayor Brown Kicked Off The 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program And Requests The Support Of The Business Community
February 24, 2015 - More than 20,000 city youth have participated in this program since 2006
Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the application process for his 2015 Summer Youth Internship Program is now underway. The program will provide six weeks of meaningful employment and work-readiness training to city youth this summer. He also called upon local businesses to join him in his goal of providing an increased number of summer youth employment opportunities in the city of Buffalo.
Private sector businesses can participate in the Mayor’s Summer Internship Program by hiring youth who have submitted applications with the Mayor’s Program. Those businesses that hire city youth may also be eligible for tax credits. If a business or any individual would like to sponsor a youth for the summer employment opportunity, they may do so through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance Buffalo. Not-for-profit and Community based organizations can also participate by providing a structured and supervised work environment for the summer and, through sponsorship and donations, the City of Buffalo will subsidize the wages of youth employed in these areas.
Young people between the ages of 14-21 will be employed for 6 weeks in the summer with the majority working from July 6-August 14, 2015 earning $8.75 per hour. Each participant will be screened, assessed and receive training in the following areas: job readiness, life skills and financial literacy. The City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth will provide youth counselors who will serve as monitors and provide program support for everyone participating in the Program. College Students are encouraged to apply as the demand is great for college age interns.
“We know many young people experience high unemployment and my administration takes this challenge very seriously,” said Mayor Brown, noting that his program has provided over 20,000 employment opportunities to youth since 2006. “This year, we will continue to offer meaningful employment to city youth by adding funding for an additional 50 positions for at-risk youth, increasing the city’s summer youth workforce to 1,450.”
Buffalo Youth interested in applying for Summer Jobs can download an application at www.city-buffalo.com or pick one up at Buffalo City Hall in room 1701. Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Applications must be returned by Friday, May 1, 2015.
To be eligible for this program you must be a City of Buffalo resident between the ages of 14 and 21 and you must turn age 14 by May 1, 2015
With all the exciting events going on year-round, you'll never run out of things to do in Buffalo! From the Buffalo Winterfest and Powder Keg Festival in February, to the Taste of Buffalo, the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, and the National Buffalo Garden Festival (which features America's largest garden walk) in the summer, our events bring in visitors from all over the world.
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