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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Mayor Brown Kicks Off 16th Annual Summer Reading Challenge
May 24 – In a continued effort to encourage students to keep reading throughout the summer months, Mayor Byron Brown, joined today by hundreds of students from Waterfront Elementary and Reading Rules partners, kicked-off the 16th annual Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge.
“The City of Buffalo has an extraordinary literary history and legacy that we hope to make even stronger by helping to improve literacy among young people in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m pleased to kick off my 16th Anniversary Reading Rules Challenge, and I encourage all city youth to sign up today and participate.”
“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. Since becoming Mayor, nearly 13,000 students have completed the reading challenge, and submitted written summaries of each book they had read. Mayor Brown remarked that, “Reading Rules! is one of our hallmark initiatives and it gets better and better as the years go on.”
Children entering grades K-8 must read 7 books from the provided list over the course of the summer, write a brief summary of 8-10 sentences on each and then return the summaries to Mayor Brown in exchange for an invitation to a the program’s final ceremony, which will be held in August. Each student will receive a certificate of achievement and many great prizes donated by the program’s sponsors. High School students entering 9-12 must read at least 4 books to qualify.
Mayor Brown Announces Final Stages Of Martin King Jr. Park Casino Upgrades
May 24 – As part of National Public Works Week recognitions in Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the $2.6 million Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Casino upgrade is entering the final stages of completion. The project, which is being completed in three-phases, will provide the Fillmore Avenue area with another community venue for public gatherings and concession stands for summer and winter activities.
“This project adds to the major investment my Administration has made in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park area,” said Mayor Brown, noting the $4.5 million MLK Park Water Attraction and the $2.2 million Fillmore Avenue Streetscape. “The Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Casino will be a huge benefit to the new community programming that is taking place at the park. This key investment will further improve the quality of life for residents in the immediate area and those who visit this historic Olmsted Park.”
In Phase one of the project, the exterior of the building was reconstructed; including a new insulated roof system, exterior brickwork, and the restoration of all of the existing wood windows to their original 1926 appearance to maintain their historical design. New exterior wood doors were also installed on the east side of the building facing the splash pad. Environmental abatement was completed removing asbestos and lead paint. Phase two utilized New York State Dormitory funds to create usable space for new programming, a community gathering space, a storage room for ice-skating in the MLK splash pad, two offices, a conference room, a restroom, and an ADA ramp was installed as well.
Mayor Brown, Buffalo DPW Celebrate National Public Works Week
May 23 – PUBLIC WORKS CONNECTS US is the theme of this year’s National Public Works Week, and the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works (DPW) plays a major role in connecting the Buffalo Community. From further improving infrastructure citywide, including roadways, sidewalks, and buildings, to delivering excellent drinking water, promoting recycling, and beautifying our neighborhood parks, Public Works touches the lives of city residents and business owners every day.
“We have a highly effective and dedicated workforce that touches the lives of Buffalo residents, business owners and visitors every day,” said Mayor Brown. “Whether they are repairing roadways, fixing sidewalks and curbs or improving our parks, DPW works daily to deliver leading public works services that enhance residents’ quality of life. Please join us this week as we celebrate the important role Public Works employees play in making our City thrive.”
Mayor Brown, City of Buffalo and University of Buffalo Sponsor Community Recycling Event
BUFFALO – Mayor Byron W. Brown announced today that the City of Buffalo will sponsor a Community Shredding and Recycling Event on Saturday, May 20th from 9:00AM – 12:00PM Community groups Citizens Alliance and the Square Block Club will be hosting the event located at the 836 East Delavan Avenue.
For additional information visit www.buffalorecycles.org or please call 311 or 716-851-4890.
Mayor Brown and Small Business Owners Unveil Marketing Videos Designed to Showcase Buffalo as a Great Place to Invest and Operate a Business
BUFFALO– As part of his continued commitment to celebrate and promote the diverse and independent small businesses that enrich neighborhoods Citywide and create jobs, Mayor Byron W. Brown and University District Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt, joined by Small Business Owners and representatives from Invest Buffalo Niagara, Visit Buffalo Niagara and The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, celebrated National Economic Development Week by releasing a series of short videos that promote Buffalo as a great place to invest and operate a business. Spearheaded by Mayor Brown, the videos feature a number of small business owners in Buffalo.
Mayor Brown Presents On-Time and Balanced Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Proposed Budget
May 1 – For the twelfth consecutive year, Mayor Byron W. Brown presented an on-time and responsible budget for the City of Buffalo, Fiscal Year 2017-2018. Mayor Brown stated, “As the City of Buffalo continues to experience unprecedented growth and economic development, my Administration has once again recommended a fiscally responsible budget and long-term financial plan that maintains affordability, efficient delivery of services, and quality of life. For the twelfth consecutive year, I am proposing an on-time and responsible budget for the City of Buffalo, Fiscal Year 2017-2018. This spending plan reflects my Administration’s continued commitment to making government more efficient and reliable, while providing tax certainty to residents and businesses who own property in the City of Buffalo.”
Mayor Brown’s recommended budget for 2017-2018 totals nearly $500 million. This represents a slight increase of $5.7 million – or 1.1%. Mayor Brown recognized the work and contribution of Donna Estrich, Commissioner of Administration, Finance, Policy and Urban Affairs, and members of his Fiscal Sub-Cabinet, who provided valuable input to help shape the city’s budget.
“We’ve made progress and are providing opportunity for our residents,” Mayor Brown continued. “I am proud that we have built a safer, smarter, stronger Buffalo, encouraged investment, maintained our infrastructure while efficiently delivering services, and continued to invest in our world-class cultural and community organizations.”
This spending plan builds on the strong economic foundation that the Brown Administration has built since he was sworn in as Mayor in 2006, while continuing to re-imagine how Buffalo grows as a City. It also continues to improve the level of service that the City of Buffalo provides for its residents and businesses, while implementing new and creative initiatives designed to create efficiencies, achieve savings and ensure that all people share in the opportunities that are growing in the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown and the Buffalo Bisons Host Diversity Job Fair
This is Event #2 of Buffalo Works: A Week of Employment Opportunity Events in Buffalo
April 25 – Buffalo Works: A week of employment opportunities continues tonight with a job fair at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC). Residents looking for a job will be able to learn about openings at Canalside, the Outer Harbor, Broderick Park, Rich Products and the Buffalo Bisons. Mayor Byron W. Brown and Jonathan Dandes, President of Rich Products, are happy to bring this second night of job fairs to city residents.
Mayor Brown Announces Buffalo News Kids Day in the City of Buffalo
Mayor Byron Brown and County Executive Mark Poloncarz proclaim April 25, 2017 “Buffalo News Kids Day” in the City of Buffalo and Erie County
April 18 – Mayor Byron Brown announced today that the Buffalo News’ annual “Special Kids Day Edition Sale” will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Cradle Beach and all children in the Western New York (WNY) region. Women & Children’s will use the funds to continue their mission to deliver the highest quality care to the children and mothers of the WNY community.
Mayor Brown was joined by Jody Lomeo, President and CEO of both Kaleida Health and the Great Lakes Healthy System of Western New York, Allegra Jaros, President of Women & Children's Hospital, Lisa Cislo, Promotions Coordinator at the Buffalo News; Carol Horton, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations at The Buffalo News; and Andi Baker, from Tops Friendly Markets.
“Kids Day is always an event that I look forward to,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m so proud to be a part of this annual tradition for a good cause and I encourage city residents and visitors to support Kids Day by buying this special edition of the Buffalo News on April 25th. I also thank the many volunteers for their commitment and dedication to this event, which helps improve the quality of life for so many of our children and their families.”
Since 1983, the profits made from the Special Kids Day Edition Sale have totaled more than $4.6 million and have helped children all across WNY.
Mayor Brown, Council Member Fontana Launched 2017 Citywide Sidewalk Improvement Program
April 12 - Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown, Lovejoy Council Member Richard A. Fontana and Department of Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak kicked-off the 2017 Citywide Sidewalk Improvement Program in Buffalo’s Lovejoy District. The city allocated $6.1 million for citywide sidewalk work this year.
“Weather permitting, we plan to do about $6.1 million in sidewalk replacement projects in 2017, touching every Council District in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “Our strong commitment to new sidewalks is all about our continued effort to beautify neighborhoods, protect infrastructure and complement the more than $6 billion in economic development activity that’s currently underway in Buffalo.”
The 2017 sidewalk construction work, which also includes new ADA ramps, began in the Lovejoy District on Brinkman Avenue, as well as Dearborn Street in Buffalo’s North District, and along Downing Street in the South District.
Mayor Brown Announces City of Buffalo 2017 "Earth Month" Calendar
April 11 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced a calendar of Earth Day events which will take place across the City of Buffalo in April. Although April 22 is the official date that Earth Day is observed in the U.S., events focusing on the environment will be taking place throughout the month, all around the City.
Mayor Brown Announces Improved Response Times by American Medical Response WNY
AMR, the City of Buffalo’s ambulance service, has improved response times by over 2 minutes, a first for medical emergency response services in Buffalo
April 4 –- Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced American Medical Response (AMR) of Western New York has made major improvements in its ambulance service and response times in the City of Buffalo.
“We have worked successfully with AMR to achieve a significant improvement in emergency medical response times. The company has improved response times by over 2 minutes and consistently delivers on-time performance across all areas of the City. It’s also commendable that these response times are the best we’ve ever documented in the City of Buffalo,” Mayor Brown said. “Our enhanced working relationship with AMR has resulted in improved service for all our citizens.”
The performance improvements, developed with input from City leadership, are in large part due to AMR’s investment in widespread operational upgrades. Some of the investments that AMR has made in the last six months include:
● Allocated additional resources to the City of Buffalo and AMR’s entire Western New York operation
Broadway Market Easter Festival Kicks Off With Ribbon-Cutting
March 31 – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Father Michael Czyzewski, joined by other city and county officials, kicked off the annual Easter Festival season at the Broadway Market with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by a traditional dance routine performed by the Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble.
Mayor Brown Recognizes Randi Weingarten as he Concludes Women's History Month
March 27 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today recognized the extraordinary accomplishments of Randi Weingarten, President, of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the nation’s largest labor unions, with over 1.6 million members, as he concluded the celebration of Women’s History Month 2017 – Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor & Business.
Mayor Brown proclaimed Monday, March 27, 2017, “Randi Weingarten Day” in the City of Buffalo during a ceremony at City Hall. Mayor Brown called Ms. Weingarten a “trailblazer and true champion” who has not only distinguished herself as one of the most powerful labor leaders in the U.S., but has also championed the causes of gender and racial equality and diversity throughout her storied career.
Train Station Site Election Stakeholders Host Another Public Session Regarding Plans for a New Train Station Location
March 22 – As Chair of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Train Station Site Selection process, Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Train Station Site Selection Stakeholders, hosted another public session in an open house format, where engineers presented the pros and cons so far of the potential locations for the new Buffalo train station. The meeting took place today at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Representatives from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, the engineering consultant hired by the state Department of Transportation, presented city residents with an update on the viability of the potential station locations for a new Buffalo train station, explaining in detail the opportunities and challenges associated with each location. The two locations being advanced for further evaluation include the Downtown location and Central Terminal location. Earlier this month, the Train Station Site Selection Stakeholders voted to remove the Larkin location from further studies at this time. The Stakeholders decided to remove the Larkin site from further consideration for multiple reasons, especially factors which would currently complicate the potential for multi-modality at this location.
Mayor Brown Proclaims Today U.S. Conference of Mayor's National Day of Immigration Action in Buffalo
Mayor Brown nominated Westminster Economic Development Initiative’s West Side Bazaar Expansion Initiative for the 2017 Wells Fargo and USCMCommunityWINS Grant Program as Buffalo’s action to aid the city’s growing immigrant and refugee community
Mayor Brown Announces Key Steps In The Northland Corridor Project, Advancing The Process To Accommodate The New Workforce Training Center
First Community Workforce Outreach events is held at the Delavan-Grider Community Center Demolition of a large section of a former industrial plant in mid-March
“We are now moving from the discussion and planning stage, into the physical transformation of this site, which is key to our efforts to revitalize the Northland Corridor on our City’s East Side and prepare the next generation for the jobs powering Buffalo’s revitalization,” said Mayor Brown. “With today’s community workforce outreach event and the start of construction later this month, progress will be visible as we advance the process to accommodate the new Workforce Training Center.”
Mayor Brown Marked The 100th Year Of The First Known Sale Of Girl Scout Cookies By Issuing A Proclamation
March 8 – As part of the 2017 Girl Scout Cookies program, Mayor Byron Brown, joined by the Girl Scouts of Western New York, today issued a proclamation, declaring Wednesday, March 8, 2017 as 100 years of Girl Scout Cookies Day in the City of Buffalo. As part of the commemorative anniversary, Mayor Brown also helped promote a new Girl Scout Cookie, called the ‘S’more’, as he took part in a Mayoral Cookie Challenge.
The event, held in the lobby of City Hall, also honored leading Buffalo African-Americans for their commitment in the categories of Art, Education, Youth, Military & Law Enforcement, Faith-based, Family, and Health Care service
February 21 – Mayor Byron W. Brown today led a celebration of Black History Month during a noon time event in the lobby of City Hall. In his Mayoral Proclamation, the Mayor noted the theme of Black History Month 2017 is “Black Education.”
“This year’s theme examines the role that education has played in the history of African Americans from times of slavery, through the Civil War, to present day. History is full of examples of people overcoming arbitrary boundaries imposed on them. My administration is committed to clearing as many of those barriers as possible through several initiatives to ensure no one is left out or left behind on their path to education and employment,” Mayor Brown said.
Mayor Brown cited the City’s Summer Reading Rules Challenge, which has included 13,000 champion readers in the past 15 years; his administration’s steadfast support of the Say Yes Buffalo education initiative to which the City has contributed $1.3 million through 2016, which additional funds for 2017; Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Employment Program, which has employed 22,000 youth, ages 14-21, since 2006, and new City of Buffalo Mentoring Program, through which city employees and community members will tutor Buffalo Public Schools students and serve as role models.
“I also announced in my State of the City Address last week the new $44 million WNY Training Center, which will anchor the Northland Corridor, will include a Coding School, to help local residents pursue careers in the burgeoning technology arena.”
Mayor Brown Announces Launch of CitiStat 2.0
The reinvigorated CitiStat 2.0 will be an issue-based, dialogue-driven process,structured to bring City departments together with outside experts to tackle city-wide issues
January 30 - Mayor Byron W. Brown, in his ongoing effort to create safe, healthy and livable neighborhoods, wants to remind everyone that he is sponsoring, through the Save Our Streets Task Force, ‘Free Landlord Training’ on February 24, 2017.
Mayor Brown Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for $2.8 Million Scajaquada Restoration Project
The Buffalo Sewer Authority will serve as the lead agency in the project which will resolve odor, flooding, stagnation, algae and sediment issues in Scajaquada Creek between Main Street and Elmwood Avenue
Mayor Brown Proclaims January National Mentoring Month in the City Buffalo
At a mentoring orientation meeting, Mayor Brown W. Brown thanked dozens of city employees for answering his call to take part in a new City of Buffalo Mentoring Program designed to help improve the lives of Buffalo youth
Mayor Brown Hosts Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Ceremony
January 19 - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, Pledge to Service and Recognition Ceremony, is an annual event where Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City’s Division of Citizens Services recognizes groups and individuals for their contributions to the community through service.
• National Impact Award - Bishop Anthony Bronner – ELIM Christian Fellowship
Mayor Brown Unveils Phase Two of The Buffalo Opportunity Agenda
Mayor Brown will expand phase one of the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge by issuing a series of Executive Orders that strengthen the City’s minority and women business enterprise programs, promote inclusion and bolster City resident workforce goals
Mayor Brown Announces Public Comment Period On City Of Buffalo's Proposed Open Data Program
Starting today, January 10 through January 24, 2017, residents are invited to review and comment on the draft Open Data policy which will guide the enhancement of government transparency through a new data program
The “Green Code” is the first major overhaul of City zoning laws since 1953 and will have a transformative impact on the future of continued development in Buffalo
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios