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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2016 Archives > Womens History Month At City Hall

Womens History Month At City Hall

As part of National Women’s History Month, Mayor Byron Brown recognized four outstanding local women for their work in public service and government; he also welcomed support from the WNY Women’s Foundation and other women’s organizations as they signed the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge

March 31, 2016 – Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo Commission on Citizens’ Rights & Community Relations today marked National Women’s History Month at City Hall by recognizing four local women and their contributions to history.  This year’s theme was “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”.


“Honoring local women who work or worked in public service and government recognizes leaders who have shaped our city’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership,” said Mayor Brown, noting that this year he presented a posthumous award in memory of Beverly A. Gray, whose legacy lives on in the new Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, designed to be a one-stop-shop resource center for minority and women-owned small businesses in Buffalo. “I’m proud to dedicate a month to honoring and studying the rich legacy of women’s contributions to the City of Buffalo, our nation and the world.   I know that the lives and accomplishments of these women and organizations gathered here will inspire girls and women to realize their highest potential.”


This year, Mayor and the City of Buffalo Commission on Citizens’ Rights & Community Relations recognized Beverly A. Gray (Posthumously) and three other local women as part of this year’s National Women’s History Month celebration in Buffalo:

  1. Beverly A. Gray, First African American Woman elected Councilmember-at-Large for the City of Buffalo (1995)
  2. Lucy A. Candelario, Executive Director of the Erie Regional Housing Development Corporation
  3. The Honorable Paula L. Feroleto, New York State Supreme Court
  4. Katherine M. Robinson, one of the first female police officers in the City of Buffalo (1961)

A memorable moment at today’s Women’s History Month celebration came when Mayor Brown recognized the WNY Women’s Foundation for bringing together many non-profit organizations to sign the City of Buffalo Opportunity pledge.  The goal of the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge is to encourage businesses, organizations and residents to demonstrate a commitment to building a culture of inclusion and equity in Buffalo. To date, we have over 5,505 individuals and 335 Businesses/Organizations, representing over 165,000 people.


“The WNY Women’s Foundation brings together women’s organizations that have a shared mission to support, uplift and advance girls and women in our region and we’re pleased to support the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge,” said WNY Women’s Foundation Executive Director Sheri Scavone. “This is a wonderful opportunity to unite our efforts to make Buffalo an even greater place for women to grow, work and live.”