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Mayor Brown Speaks At Graduation Ceremony For New Buffalo Firefighters
July 29, 2015 - It’s the largest recent class of firefighters hired by the city
Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield today spoke at the graduation ceremony for 109 new Buffalo Firefighters. It’s the largest recent class of firefighters hired by the City of Buffalo.
The Bishops Of Buffalo's Catholic And Episcopal Dioceses Sign The Buffalo Opportunity Pledge
July 29, 2015 - As momentum continues to build for the City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, Mayor Byron Brown was pleased to welcome support from Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and Bishop R. William Franklin of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York. Both bishops, joined by other prominent bishops and interfaith-based community leaders, signed the pledge today in Niagara Square.
“As economic growth and opportunity continues in Buffalo, it’s important that all residents and business owners benefit from the city’s rising prosperity,” said Mayor Brown. “I thank Bishop Malone, Bishop Franklin and the many prominent faith-based community leaders for signing the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, a reflection of their continued commitment to helping us build a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity in Buffalo.”
Bishop Franklin stated, “At a time when our national dialogue is focused on language and Symbolism that is offensive, Buffalo is leading the way in creating a new culture of unity, represented today by the signing of this pledge by so many of our interfaith leaders. My hope is we continue to move from talk to action as a community to make sure jobs and opportunity are open to all.”
Bishop Micheal Badger of Bethesda World Harvest International Church stated, “I thank Mayor Brown for all he’s doing to make our city an even greater city. I believe that we are at a tipping point where we’ll see great change and we want that change to be for everyone.”
Imam Yahye Omar of Heal International, Inc, said, “We thank God, first and foremost, who brought us to this great country, giving us opportunity. We also thank the leadership of Mayor Brown. This opportunity gives a chance to work together as a brotherhood to help better the life of all citizens.”
Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, President of Network of Religious Communities, stated, “The pledge makes me proud to be an American, proud to be a Buffalonian. This is really the best of what we stand for, having this level of commitment to diversity. I know God will bless us on our journey together.”
The Buffalo Opportunity Pledge, part of an initiative that is moving Buffalo toward the goal of shared prosperity for all residents, kicked into high gear earlier this month with the debut of the new logo for the pledge. Since then, the number of individuals who have signed the pledge has quadrupled over a two-week period. To date, over 1,000 people signed the pledge, with additional organizations requesting and scheduling ‘signing events’ with Mayor Brown in the weeks to come.
The pledge initiative continues Mayor Brown’s efforts to break down barriers for minorities and women that includes the hiring of the most diverse workforce in the city’s history, as well as incorporating community benefits into many of the city’s largest economic development projects.
The City of Buffalo Opportunity Pledge encourages businesses, organizations and residents to commit to building a culture of inclusion and equality in Buffalo. View and sign the pledge at: www.city-buffalo.com/BuffaloOpportunityPledge.
Mayor Brown Marks Start Of Pearl Street Two-Way Conversion Project
Mayor Byron Brown, joined by State Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes and State Senator Timothy Kennedy, today marked the start of work 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
“Thanks to a major investment by the city, as well as my partners in government who helped secure funds for this project, we’ve begun the $2.5 million makeover of downtown Pearl Street,” said Mayor Brown. “The work involves converting Pearl Street from one-way to two-way from Tupper to Upper Terrace, improving pedestrian, biking and traffic flow, creating even more construction jobs, and continues my administration’s strong commitment to infrastructure improvements citywide.”
The $2.5 million conversion of Pearl Street, funded via a $1.5 million city bond and a $1.0 million Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) grant from the state, will complement the Main Street work, bringing two-way traffic and bike lanes down as far as Upper Terrace to connect to Canalside. The contractor on the project is CATCO Construction.
“This $2.5 million project is another great example of partnership in government improving the quality of life for residents of the Queen City,” said Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes. “I look forward to residents, tourists, shoppers and businesses being able to take advantage of downtown Buffalo’s continuously improving accessibility. Increased accessibility will make it easier for people to support local businesses and access public services. The Consolidated Funding Application process continues to deliver results due to streamlined access to state funding. I applaud Mayor Brown and Governor Cuomo on their efforts to meet the needs of our growing downtown district.”
Mayor Brown Welcomes Hollywood Movie Director Back To Buffalo
July 16, 2015 - With a continued focus on creating opportunities for Buffalo and Erie County’s cultural economy and emerging film industry, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown today welcomed Hollywood Producer/Director Fred Olen Ray back to Buffalo. He announced that Ray has returned to the Buffalo area to shoot an independent motion picture entitled ‘Trial’. Most of the film will be shot in Buffalo with several scenes taking place in nearby Niagara Falls.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated, “Buffalo and Erie County continue to build a reputation as a good place to make movies, and the news that ‘Trial’ will be shot here solidifies that reputation even more. The word is out that Western New York can provide film makers with the places and people needed for successful productions, raising our profile and adding to the industry’s significant local economic impact as well. Erie County is a good place for business, as Hollywood recognizes, and we look great on the big screen.”
The ‘Trial’ shoot is being coordinated with the help of the Buffalo Niagara Film Office which reports that this movie is one of 5 movies being shot in the Buffalo area over the next 30 days. Again, motion picture activity has exceeded 10 million dollars in economic impact to our region so far this year, with nearly 5,000 hotel rooms booked by out-of-town film crews who also provided hundreds of local jobs to city residents, presented new opportunities to city vendors, shopped and ate local establishments.
Regional Film Commissioner Tim Clark said “Fred Olen Ray has discovered the charm of Western New York, the talent of our local cast and crews, the affordability of Upstate and the New York State Film Tax Credit program. We are thrilled to welcome Fred back as a return customer who recognizes our community as a great place to shoot movies,” Clark concluded.
‘Trial’ will commence principal photography this Saturday and will continue to shoot through July 30th. Anyone interested in appearing as an extra in the movie is encouraged to contact the production via e-mail at: http://PutMeInTheMovie@gmail.com. Submissions should include: Name, age, email address and phone number.
Downtown Buffalo Connected To New WiFi
July 14, 2015 - Downtown Buffalo Connected to New Wi-Fi M&T Bank, Mayor Byron Brown and University at Buffalo Partner to Launch New Wireless Internet Service
Buffalo Connect – the new outdoor, public Wi-Fi network running along Main Street in downtown Buffalo and into the popular Canalside area – is now available for use by downtown residents, employees and visitors.
The new service was launched today by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, M&T Bank Chairman and CEO Robert G. Wilmers and University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi.
M&T Bank led the effort to engineer, purchase and install the system in partnership with the City of Buffalo, UB and 16 other public- and private-sector partners.
“If downtown Buffalo is going to be a thriving engine of opportunity for all city residents, we must find ways to support the entrepreneurs who are driving technological advances and creating jobs,” said Mayor Byron Brown. “By providing city residents, members of the business community and visitors with free public Wi-Fi, we will continue to attract more people and business to downtown Main Street, while making targeted investments to improve our city’s wireless infrastructure. I thank M&T Bank for leading the effort to engineer, purchase and install the system in partnership with the City of Buffalo and the University at Buffalo as we work together to further strengthen our economy.”
“Every day it seems, downtown Buffalo is adding new residents, new employers and employees, new visitors, new and redeveloped buildings—and now new public Wi-Fi. Buffalo Connect will make downtown Buffalo an easier place to stay connected, and that’s good for our City, and for the people who live, work and visit here,” said M&T Chairman and CEO Robert G. Wilmers.
Downtown Buffalo currently hosts more than 58,000 workers, including 3,300 M&T Bank employees. Read More...
Mayor Brown Kicks-Off 14th Annual Reading Rules!
May 6, 2015 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined by students from PS #94 West Hertel Academy, kicked off the Mayor’s annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge. The summer program, now in its 14th year, is designed to help students maintain and improve their reading and writing skills during the summer months.
“I strongly believe that regular reading keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, and best of all, fosters young people to become lifelong readers and learners,” said Mayor Brown. “I’m pleased that so many of our city youth take part in my summer reading challenge and I encourage others to join the fun so we can get more books into the homes of children and keep them reading and learning during the summer.”
“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. 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.
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