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Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Mayor Brown Proclaims October 22, 2014 As Breast Cancer Awareness Day In The City Of Buffalo
October 22, 2014 -City Hall employees joined Mayor Brown in wearing pink to raise awareness about breast cancer
Mayor Byron Brown joined city employees today in wearing pink in a show of support of breast cancer awareness month. He also issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday, October 22, 2014 as “Breast Cancer Awareness Day” in the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown, Congressman Higgins, Assemblyman Ryan & Councilman Rivera Announce Start of Construction on Ferry Street Bridge
October 15, 2014 -$7.92 Million Project Provides Enhanced Connection to Improvements Underway on Niagara Street & Squaw Island
Mayor Byron Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Niagara District Councilman David Rivera announced today the start of a major reconstruction project on the Ferry Street Bridge connecting Niagara Street to Squaw Island.
“The Ferry Street Bridge is an important link to one of Buffalo’s crown jewels - Broderick Park - as well as to neighborhoods along Niagara Street,” said Mayor Brown. “We are excited to begin this major infrastructure improvement project that will further strengthen the Niagara Street corridor, create jobs and serve as a vital link to historic Broderick Park, which is currently undergoing a $2.3 million transformation into a space that memorializes Buffalo’s unique local history associated with the Underground Railroad. I thank our partners for being a part of this effort that will give residents and visitors improved access to Buffalo’s waterfront and a unique cultural amenity at Broderick Park.”
“Once again collaboration is quite literally building bridges in Buffalo,” said Congressman Higgins. “With this project we strengthen destination points along Niagara Street gateway, put people to work in the City of Buffalo and invest in the future of our waterfront.”
Assemblyman Sean Ryan said, "The Ferry Street Bridge is an iconic and historic structure in the City of Buffalo, and I am thankful that the federal and state governments and the City of Buffalo have teamed together to preserve this important part of our history. The rehabilitated bridge will be a welcome complement to the new Broderick Park and Buffalo's West Side." Read More...
Mayor Brown Announces The Start Of Buffalo Leaf Recycling Program - UNTIL DECEMBER 1, 2014 - The City of Buffalo Public Works Department to Collect Leaves and Autumn Yard Debris for Mulching
October 16, 2014 - Mayor Byron Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo will collect bagged leaves and yard waste from now until December 1st. City residents can put their bagged leaves at the curb during this time period for composting. Click here to view flyer
“The City of Buffalo appreciates the cooperation of its citizens in helping this year's bagged leaf collection process run as smoothly as possible,” said Mayor Brown, noting that participation in the city’s leaf recycling program further protects our environment and addresses his green vision goal of 34% recycling by 2016. “I encourage our residents to learn about the different leaf recycling collection alternatives available to them citywide so that our community can continue to properly recycle, saving taxpayer dollars by keeping leaves out of landfills.”
To participate in this collection, city residents are asked to place their leaves in clear plastic bags or brown recyclable bags. These bags are available at local hardware stores, home centers, and other retailers. There is no limit to the number of paper leaf bags residents may place at the curb for pickup. Yard waste in the form of sticks and branches should be tied in bundles with ‘twine’ or ‘rope’ and be no longer than 4 feet in length. Do not rake leaves into the street; leaves should not be placed in garbage totes. Also, residents should be advised that raking leaves into city streets is illegal and punishable by fine.
Residents are also being asked to place their yard waste on the curb. Yard waste and bagged leaves may be picked up on a different day than the garbage day. City residents should not be concerned if they are left behind after garbage removal.
As an alternative to the curbside bagged leaves and yard waste collection, the city opened five drop-off locations where residents can bring their unwanted leaves and yard waste.
The five sites are:
Drop off hours at the four park locations are from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday until December First. * Drop off hours at 1120 Seneca Street are from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday- Friday, and the first Saturday of the month from 8:00AM – 2:00PM, year round*.
Request for Proposals:
1. Linda Rivera Banks, Financial Advisor, AXA Advisors, LLC
October 7, 2014 -Improvements are part of a larger plan for the Martin Luther King, Jr. neighborhood
Mayor Byron Brown, joined today by Majority Leader Demone Smith, Congressman Brian Higgins, city residents and business owners in the Martin Luther King Jr., Park neighborhood, marked the completion of the $2.2 million Fillmore Avenue Streetscape Project with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Fillmore Avenue is one of Buffalo’s significant business, community and cultural areas and today residents have a safer, slower and more walkable street that will further enhance the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park community for many years to come,” said Mayor Brown, noting that this project is part of a much larger plan for the MLK area. “The $2.2 million Fillmore Avenue Streetscape project brings better roads, sidewalks, decorative lighting, new trees and benches to this important corridor. We worked closely with residents and business owners to move this project forward. I am proud to stand with them today to celebrate the completion of this streetscape project, reinvigorating this community and attracting new residents and business owners who want to live, work and invest in our city.”
“Fillmore Avenue serves as the gateway to MLK Park and has the potential to become one of the most important commercial corridors in Buffalo,” said Majority Leader Demone Smith. “This neighborhood is already a desirable neighborhood and these improvements to the business strip further enhance its appeal. I thank Mayor Brown, the city and citizens for working together on this coordinated and strategic project that is transforming this historic neighborhood into a vibrant and diverse community, spurring additional development opportunities and job growth.”
“The Fillmore Avenue improvement project lays a new foundation in the MLK Park neighborhood providing both community enhancements and economic opportunities,” said Congressman Brian Higgins. “This project represents a significant federal investment in the City of Buffalo and again demonstrates the value of infrastructure investments as a means to improve our transportation network, business districts and neighborhoods. I commend Congresswoman Louise Slaughter for initiating funding for the project and was proud to support this allocation in Congress.”
The streetscape improvements to Fillmore Avenue, between N. Parade Avenue and East Ferry Street, included road repaving, new sidewalks, bike lanes, decorative lighting, new trees and benches. Along with improved pedestrian and vehicular safety with the installation of a new street lighting system and enhanced cross walks. (The breakdown of funding for this project was as follows: approximately $1M Federal, $800K CHIPS, $300K BSA, & $100K Water.) Read More...
October 4, 2014 -Mayor Byron Brown, with the help of local mascots, congratulated nearly 1,000 students on completing Mayor Brown’s 2014 summer reading challenge
City of Buffalo students and their families converged on the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Saturday to take part in the 13th annual ‘Mayor Byron Brown’s Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge’ awards ceremony. This year, nearly 1,000 students in grades K-12 completed Mayor Brown’s reading challenge, which is designed to keep students reading throughout the summer months.
“Every year I am impressed with our champion readers who productively and wisely use their summer to prepare for the next school year,” said Mayor Brown. “It is critical that students continue to learn even during the summer months; Reading Rules provides them with wonderful incentives to do just that.”
Participants of Mayor Brown’s summer reading challenge were required to read seven books for those in grades K-8 and four books for grades 9-12. Each completed book needed to be summarized and submitted to the Mayor’s office in exchange for an invitation to the prize ceremony.
This year, many students stood out for their excellence and determination to become champion readers, including a student who read 300 books and submitted a summary for each one.
Reading Rules began in 2001 when Mayor Brown served in the New York State Senate to address the literacy problem in New York State, particularly in the City of 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. Read More...
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October 1, 2014 - American Planning Association (APA) designated Delaware Park as one of the 2014 Great Places in America; this designation puts Buffalo in the national spotlight again, building on the positive momentum that includes over $5 billion in new economic development activity
The American Planning Association (APA) today announced that Delaware Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, has earned the designation as one of its Great Places in America for 2014. Mayor Byron Brown, joined by members of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC), applauded the selection of Delaware Park, one of Buffalo’s most treasured cultural assets. APA ‘Great Places in America’ program was launched in 2007 and represents the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.
“We're honored that our historic Delaware Park is one of a select few parks in the country to be singled out by the American Planning Association as a Great Public Space,” said Mayor Brown, noting his administration’s over $35 million investment in parks citywide since 2006. “Our city’s sprawling network of parks, which includes Delaware Park, makes Buffalo a world-class destination to live, work and visit. And, through the City of Buffalo’s unique partnership with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, we will continue to ensure this park and parks citywide further succeed at a time when Buffalo enters a new era of opportunity that includes over $5 billion in new economic development activity and the creation of over 12,000 new jobs. I’m honored that the American Planning Association has recognized Buffalo’s Delaware Park as one of 10 Great Public Spaces in America for 2014.
”The City of Buffalo is a major partner of BOPC, contributing $1,200,000 annually for the reported total BOPC operating budget, along with additional parks personnel, city funding for critical infrastructure repairs, utilities and more. Approximately $20 million in capital funding has also been secured by the city since 2006 for improvements to the historic Olmsted system.
“The parks improve our quality of life,” said Kevin Kelly, Board Chair of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “Buffalo is going through an economic rebirth right now and we must thank Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo for their ongoing support. This national recognition from the APA represents what we can accomplish when we all work together.”
Each October during National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs. APA’s Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods and Great Public Spaces feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners. Read More...
October 1, 2014 - $200,000 investment supports the promotion and expansion of the city’s dynamic cultural and antiviolence programming
Mayor Byron Brown today announced the awards for the Common Council and Mayor’s Cultural and Antiviolence Grant Funding Program. The $200,000 allocation will help further support 66 of the city’s dynamic cultural and antiviolence organizations, enabling them to continue or expand in order to ensure that city residents reap the benefits of enhanced programming.
“Buffalo is entering a new era of opportunity and by continuing to bolster cultural and anti-violence programming within the city, we will further strengthen our great neighborhoods and artistic assets that make Buffalo a great place to live, work and invest,” said Mayor Brown. “Today’s awardees are a vital part of the community, enriching and strengthening our neighborhoods through their presence and their work.”
Grant funding will be awarded to those organizations whose applications are deemed most meritorious, with the goal of maximizing positive community impact. Under no circumstances will an organization receive grant funding in an amount greater than $7,500.
“Cultural and anti-violence organizations enrich our entire city by their presence and hard work,” said Council President Darius Pridgen. “By continuing to further support the promotion and expansion of the city’s dynamic cultural and anti-violence programming, we will allow this good work to continue for the benefit of all city residents.”
In total, 66 eligible organizations submitted proposals to the City of Buffalo after Mayor Brown and the Common Council issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in June 2014. 48 cultural and 18 antiviolence organizations submitted applications. Upon extensive review, a panel unanimously decided to award some amount of funding to each eligible applicant. This funding award program is a competitive selection process; the work of each applicant is reviewed carefully by the panel each year.
Grant amounts were determined based on factors including, but not limited to, program budget information, the target community to be served and the need within that community for enhanced programming, the extent of the organization’s past collaborations with other non-profits, and the quality of the programming itself.
The cultural and antiviolence funding budget had previously been set at $200,000, as designated in this fiscal year’s adopted budget, and the panel was able to award the entire amount to highly qualified organizations. Individual grants ranged from $500 to $7,500 and will make a considerable difference in the programming efforts of these organizations, as evidenced by the outpouring of gratitude each organization demonstrated upon hearing of their grant awards.
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