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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > February 2009 > Mayor Brown Advances City's State Legislative Agenda; Pushes for Greater Fe

Mayor Brown Advances City's State Legislative Agenda; Pushes for Greater Federal Stimulus Funding

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
Phone: 851-4851

Meetings With Governor, Legislators and Staff Focus on Buffalo’s Policy and Funding Priorities

BUFFALO – Mayor Byron W. Brown traveled to the State Capitol in Albany yesterday to meet with Governor Paterson, legislative leaders and staff regarding ongoing state budget negotiations and the federal stimulus package. The Mayor presented an outline of his Administration’s requests in the state’s 2009-10 budget (see attached).

“I wanted to sit down and speak face-to-face with Governor Paterson, Assembly Speaker Silver, Senate Majority Smith, state legislators and staff regarding the City of Buffalo’s legislative priorities and budget requests,” said Mayor Brown. “I also took the opportunity to speak to the Governor and the legislative leaders about the federal stimulus package and my concern that the City of Buffalo’s well-documented requests for federal funding were not reflected in preliminary funding lists coming out of Albany.”

The Mayor had corresponded with the Governor on February 3rd (see attached) and provided Governor Paterson with the City of Buffalo’s priority funding list for $156 million worth of “ready-to-go” projects in the city (see attached).

Following the Mayor’s meetings yesterday, New York State Department of Transportation staff informed the Mayor’s staff that a city request for $5.5 million in citywide street repair work would be funded with an increased allocation of $6 million in federal stimulus monies (it is estimated that these road improvement projects will create approximately 150 jobs).

“I know that the appropriation process in Albany for the federal stimulus package funds is a very fluid and dynamic process,” said Mayor Brown. “That’s why it was imperative to travel to Albany yesterday and reinforce my Administration’s well-crafted proposal for utilizing federal stimulus package funds for city-based infrastructure projects that can be started in 90 days and, more importantly, will create jobs for city residents.”

In addition to the Mayor’s efforts in Albany, the city has learned that it will also receive direct, noncompetitive federal stimulus funds through the following existing federal programs, which represents a preliminary level of funding that will be put to use immediately:

Community Development Block Grant:$4.4 million
Emergency Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant: $2.6 million
Emergency Shelter Grants:$6.6 million
Justice Assistance Grant: $2.7 million
Total: $16.3 million
Based on the City of Buffalo’s population, representing 1.4% of the state, it is estimated that the city should receive $216 million of the state’s federal stimulus allocation of $15.4 billion (which is less $11 billion allocated for Medicaid).