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AlertDue To The Memorial Day Holiday City Hall Will Be Closed On Monday, May 25, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Mayor Brown Announces Upcoming Projects Highlighting Better Bicycling in Buffalo on Bike to Work Day
May 15, 2015 - On Friday, May 15th at 9:o0 am, Mayor Byron Brown joined GObike Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC) at a Bike to Work Day breakfast (Virginia & Ellicott Streets) to announce upcoming city plans and projects that aim to make Buffalo an even more bicycle friendly city.
Mayor Brown continues to honor his commitment of adding 10 miles of bike lanes a year in Buffalo, which will result in over 80 bike lanes in its network by the end of 2015. Today he also announced that the city’s bicycle master plan is nearing completion and invited citizens to provide their input on the draft plan at the final public meeting which is scheduled for May 21st at 6 PM in the downtown Buffalo and Erie County Public Library’s Auditorium.
When asked why he endorses Better Bicycling in Buffalo, Mayor Brown commented that, “Making bicycling an integral part of life in Buffalo will not only benefit the city both financially and environmentally but will improve the health of our citizens.” The Mayor’s announcement supporting the completion of the bicycle master plan and developing an implementation strategy will ensure that the city’s complete streets policy continues to be the underlying principle so that everyone can travel safely throughout the entire city.
Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo stated, “Throughout Bike Month we have seen people across the city clearly demonstrate their desire for Buffalo to become bicycle friendly. From small group rides, bike to school day and the installation of 110 new bicycles racks – citizens and businesses alike are enjoying safe opportunities to ride more often.”
Mayor Brown Proclaims Small Business Week
May 14, 2015 - Highlights the important role small businesses play in growing local economy
Today, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown proclaimed May 11-15 as Small Business Week in the City of Buffalo stating, “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy that transform communities, create jobs and enables countless people to realize their entrepreneurial dreams.”
During Small Business Week, more than 55 outstanding small business owners from around Western New York were honored at award events, held May 11 and May 13 that focused on the achievements top entrepreneurs. The two events recognized and honored small business accomplishments, including recovery, federal contract procurement and entrepreneurial success.
The mayor’s proclamation goes on to say “Small businesses are critical to our economic recovery and the strengthening of our economy. Entrepreneurs here and across the county are contributing by building America’s future and helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. For over 50 years, the SBA has continued its tradition of honoring the nation’s 28 million small businesses nationwide and in the City of Buffalo. I encourage my fellow citizens to recognize the accomplishments of small business owners and support the development of new small businesses in the community.”
Mayor Brown, Council President Pridgen, Assembly Member Peoples-Stokes, Senator Kennedy, To Join Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church To Break Ground On New Apartment Complex For Seniors
May 14, 2015 - Mt. Aaron Manor, a two story, 10-unit apartment building, will provide seniors a safe and affordable housing option
Mayor Byron Brown, Council President Darius Pridgen, New York State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes and New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy joined Pastor Dwayne Jones of Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church, clergy and community partners for a blessing and ground breaking ceremony for the Mt. Aaron Manor senior housing complex. When completed in 2016, the two story apartment building, located adjacent to Mt. Aaron Missionary Baptist Church at 528 Genesee Street, will consist of ten single bedroom units.
“All city residents deserve a safe and affordable place to live, and as we build a city of opportunity to ensure everyone benefits from Buffalo’s rising prosperity, we’re focused on our continued commitment to further strengthen neighborhoods by developing housing for those who need it,” said Mayor Brown. “This is a great day for Pastor Jones, Mt. Aaron Baptist Church, the Pratt-Willert community and the City of Buffalo as we work together on this needed development that will benefit senior citizens.”
“Our Seniors are an integral component of our communities and we want to ensure that safe, affordable and accessible accommodations are available to them. I am pleased to be a part of an announcement that will bring such housing to the Pratt-Willert neighborhood,” said Darius G. Pridgen, Council President.
The project is fully funded by the City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency in the amount of $1,453,950. In addition to ten single bedroom units, each apartment will be equipped with a washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator and off-street parking. The development will also provide residents with eco-friendly amenities: Read More...
Mayor Brown, Congressman Higgins Launch Final Phase Of Collaborative Kenmore Avenue Redevelopment Project
May 12, 2015 - $7.26 million in roadwork improvements along Kenmore Avenue are part of an ongoing collaboration with other partners in government
The ongoing collaboration to resurface and improve Kenmore Avenue enters its final phase. Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins and other partners in government announced the official start of the final phase of construction along Kenmore Avenue. Today, city crews began the mill and overlay work on Kenmore Avenue between Fairfield and Main Street, a distance of .94-miles. The two-year project will rehabilitate the road surface and improve visibility and safety. The federally funded project will cost $7.56 million, and of this, the state will contribute $1.09 million and the city and county will split a $365,000 contribution to this final phase. The Buffalo Sewer Authority will kick in $300,000.
“Investing in our roadways is one of the fastest, most effective ways to boost our local economy and this project is another great example of the collaborations that are underway in Buffalo with a focus on getting things done and making our streets even stronger,” said Mayor Brown, noting that since 2006, the city’s invested $154 million in infrastructure improvements. “Kenmore Avenue is a busy roadway that services 16,000 vehicles daily and I thank our partners, including Congressman Higgins, for teaming up on a project that is already benefiting the motoring public in Buffalo and Erie County.”
Erie County Legislator Peter Savage said, "I am very pleased that the multi-million dollar Kenmore Avenue reconstruction project is underway. Since taking office, ensuring that this project was fully-funded and on schedule has been one of my top priorities, and I am proud to have worked with our partners at the County, City, and Federal levels of government to make this transformational project for Buffalo and Tonawanda a reality."
In 2014, the city completed $500,000 in work along Kenmore Avenue, from Colvin to Elmwood, a span that covered (1.01 miles), as well as spot pavement rehabilitation on the section between Elmwood and Military. In fall 2013, the county completed $557,000 in mill and overlay work on Kenmore Avenue, between Fairfield and Colvin, a span that covered 1.11 miles.
Mayor Brown, Meals on Wheels for WNY Unveil 450-kw Generator System to Serve MOW Clients, Community in Event of Emergencies
May 12, 2015 - Earlier today, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and Tara A. Ellis, CEO and President, Meals on Wheels for WNY unveiled a new 450-kw generator system during a ribbon cutting and generator test ceremony in South Buffalo.
We’re thrilled to have this generator system in place and fully functional,” said Ellis. “Not only does it give us another layer of security in serving our frail, vulnerable clients, but it also enables us to be a true community partner in the event of an emergency – whether that is an isolated incident or one with region-wide impact.”
Meals on Wheels for WNY is the food production partner in the Emergency Preparedness Partnership, along with the American Red Cross, Bateman Senior Meals, the Food Bank of WNY, the City of Buffalo, and Erie County.
On a daily basis, Meals on Wheels for WNY serves approximately 5,000 meals throughout Erie County – including a two-meal unit (hot lunch, cold dinner) for home-bound clients and a hot lunch for those healthy enough to reach a congregate dining center.
The nearly $250,000 project was made possible in part due to the generous support of: the City of Buffalo, Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY, The Baird Foundation, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, the Josephine Goodyear Foundation, the Marks Family Foundation, National Fuel, and The Frank G. Raichle Foundation.
“We must do everything we can to make sure our homebound seniors and others with special needs get the help they need, which is why I’m a proud supporter of Meals on Wheels for WNY,” said Mayor Brown. “By allocating $132,000 in Community Block Grant Funds for a new on-site generator system, we are not only helping Meals on Wheels in the event of an emergency, but further ensuring that our homebound citizens maintain good health, independence and quality of life.”
Mayor Brown Seeks Proposals For Mixed-Use Development With The Goal Of Attracting A Major Grocery Store To Downtown Buffalo
May 7, 2015 - 201 Ellicott Street, a city-owned parcel, is located in one of the hottest spots for investment
Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that he issued a request for proposals for “201 Ellicott Street” today - May 8, 2015. This city-owned site, which is currently used as a surface parking lot, is located directly across from the newly renovated Hotel Lafayette and in an area that’s experiencing tremendous growth, from an increased demand for residential units to retail offerings to an influx of new downtown residents and workers, providing a great development opportunity at 201 Ellicott Street.
Employing the Webster Block model that resulted in HARBORCENTER, which converted a city-owned surface parking lot into the HARBORCENTER project in less than two years, the City of Buffalo is seeking proposals for a full line grocery store and a mixed-use development project that includes a significant residential element (with a possibility for condominiums), commercial elements and a required parking ramp.
The RFP is seeking a qualified developer or development team with the ability, creativity and vision for the development of the property in accordance with the overall plan for the area. The City will accept any and all development proposals for uses and activities at the property, and will consider being a partner in the development project as the owner and the funder of an integrated parking structure.
“201 Ellicott Street” is primed for development, uniquely situated near three main developments: Canalside, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and the Larkin District. These expanding areas of development, part of the over $5 billion in new economic development activity that’s underway citywide, build off of Buffalo’s Central Business District, which is anchored by major employers such as M&T Bank, HSBC Bank, Delaware North Companies, Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, Catholic Health, Hodgson Russ LLP, Phillips Lytle LLP, Erie Community College and soon, IBM.
“201 Ellicott Street” is also located a short walking distance away from Coca-Cola Field, home of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons of the International League, and in close proximity to Mayor Brown’s Cars Sharing Main Street Initiative which calls for the redesign and reconstruction of Main Street. Read More...
Mayor Brown, City of Buffalo Support Local Businesses with 110 New Bicycle Racks
May 7, 2015 - Outside the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Buffalo (1298 Main Street), Mayor Byron Brown today unveiled Buffalo’s latest installation of bicycle racks, part of Buffalo’s continued commitment to become an even more bicycle friendly city by providing bicycle parking for city businesses and its patrons. Local company Quackenbush Co. partnered with GObike Buffalo and local welder Sarah Fonzi to fabricate and install 110 bicycle racks in business districts throughout the entire city.
“As our city continues to transform, with over $5 billion in new economic development activity underway, we continue to invest in lifestyle amenities, like bicycling,” said Mayor Brown, noting that downtown Buffalo is the fastest growing residential district. “As Buffalo continues to see the growth in cycling and its positive impact upon our local economy, health and environment, it is important for our city to continue to develop and invest in these quality of life amenities.”
This small investment has large returns.
“City’s across the country are choosing to support bicycling as a mode of choice because it is a vital component in people’s decision as to where they want to live and to building a vibrant local economy,” stated Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo. Buffalo is well on its way to becoming a Bike Friendly City, recognized by the League of American Cyclists with bronze level status in 2013. By the end of 2015, Buffalo will have over 80 miles of bike lanes in its network.
The installation of bicycle racks is a part of Buffalo’s National Bike Month celebration, a full listing of events and activities can be found at http://gobikebuffalo.org/bike-month/
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Mayor Brown Kicks-Off 14th Annual Reading Rules!
May 6, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined by students from PS #94 West Hertel Academy, kicked off the Mayor’s annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge. The summer program, now in its 14th year, is designed to help students maintain and improve their reading and writing skills during the summer months.
“I strongly believe that regular reading keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, and best of all, fosters young people to become lifelong readers and learners,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m pleased that so many of our city youth take part in my summer reading challenge and I encourage others to join the fun so we can get more books into the homes of children and keep them reading and learning during the summer.”
“Reading Rules!” began in 2001, when Mayor Brown served in the New York State Senate, as a way to address the literacy problem in New York State, specifically in Buffalo and Western New York. Mayor Brown started the literacy effort to encourage schoolchildren to read books throughout the summer, and submit written summaries of each book they had read.
Mayor Brown Releases 2015-2016 Recommended City Budget
May 1, 2015-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.
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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