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
Buffalo – Mayor Byron W. Brown and members of the Buffalo Water Board today announced that, based on the recent independent testing from Test America, water samples provided voluntarily from over 150 residential homes showed either no lead or levels far below the EPA’s action level of 15 parts per billion. Water is considered safe if lead levels are less than 15 parts per billion.
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
October 12, 2016 - Mayor Byron Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo will celebrate National Fire Prevention Month by hosting six Open Houses at firehouses citywide. Free smoke detectors with 10-year non-removable batteries, coloring books and fire prevention safety tips will be distributed. Citizens can also sign up for the CodeRED Emergency Notification System, which allows the city of Buffalo to quickly send out telephone calls, text messages, emails or other digital emergency or non-emergency alerts to a targeted area. The fire prevention and safety 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 Buffalo Fire’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.”
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.
The local advertising industry collectively employs over 1,000 people, with annual wages exceeding $60 million . In addition, several advertising and marketing firms are either headquartered in or have recently announced plans to re-locate to the City of Buffalo, which has helped spur the economic revitalization of the Main Street corridor.
“I look forward to Advertising Week in the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “The advertising industry employs many City residents, and some of the region’s most prominent advertising agencies are located in the City of Buffalo. The advertising industry is helping to improve the quality of life of Buffalo residents, and adding to the economic development underway in our city. I am pleased to proclaim this week as Advertising Week in the City of Buffalo to recognize this important profession.”
Mayor Brown Opens Pearl Street to Two-Way Traffic
$2.5 million infrastructure improvement project further improves pedestrian and vehicular access throughout downtown Buffalo
October 7, 2016 – Mayor Byron Brown, joined by State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes and State Senator Timothy Kennedy, kicked off the weekend today by opening Pearl Street to two-way traffic - following the final lane striping of this $2.5 million Two Way Conversion project. The project was 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 Awards City Youth for Summer Reading Achievement
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.
“Every year I am pleased with our champion readers who productively and wisely used their summer to prepare for the next school year,” said Mayor Brown. “15 years and going strong, my summer reading challenge continues to help increase literacy in our community. It is critical that our youth continue to learn, even during the summer, and Reading Rules provides them with wonderful incentives to do just that.”
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.
CAN A BICYCLE BE AN AGENT OF CHANGE?
Dear Fellow Citizens:
In early Buffalo, around the turn of the century, it was legions of bicycle riders that championed the cause for paved streets – placing Buffalo on the forefront of American cities.
Because of the freedom and independence offered by a bike, women’s rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony went so far as to say the bicycle had “done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world”.
More than a century later, communities that have invested in cycling infrastructure, including Buffalo, have seen a tremendous return in commerce, in new residents, in tax dollars, in the health of residents, and in greater engagement at the community level.