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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Mayor Brown Proclaims April "National Organ Donor Awareness Month"
April 15, 2015 - Proclamation Supports Transplant Miracles’ Efforts to Increase Donor Registration in Western New YorkToday, the City of Buffalo officially recognized the efforts of the Transplant Miracles Foundation through a proclamation by Mayor Byron Brown declaring April “National Organ Donor Awareness Month.”
“I’m pleased to join the Transplant Miracles Foundation in helping to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation during National Organ Donor Awareness Month in April,” said Mayor Brown. “Statistics show that one person who donates organs can save up to eight lives. I encourage city residents to help spread the message about the importance of organ donation and show their support by registering as donors.”
Throughout this month, Transplant Miracles has been working with private partners and non-profit groups to spread the word about the importance of registering new organ donors in its effort to make Buffalo the premier “Donate Life” city in America.
“We are honored to have the support of Mayor Brown and so many dedicated individuals, organizations and businesses who understand that organ donation makes miracles happen,” said Jack O’Donnell, Founder of The Transplant Miracles Foundation. “An organ donation saved my life and we’re working every day to save the lives of others who are currently waiting for a transplant. We strongly encourage all Western New Yorkers to be Miracles Workers and register as donors today.”
Here in New York, more than 10,000 individuals are currently awaiting transplants. As Mayor Brown’s proclamation notes, just one organ donor can save up to eight lives; a tissue donor can improve twelve or more lives by restoring eyesight, helping fight infections in burn patients and preventing the loss of mobility and disability.
Mayor Brown’s proclamation goes on to encourage Buffalo residents to learn more about organ donation and make their wishes known to friends and family. Those who want to register should visit UNYTS to learn more.
Mayor Brown Rolls Out The Welcome Mat For Paramount Pictures And Its "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" Movie Crew
April 15, 2015 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced details of the upcoming motion picture shoot of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ in Buffalo. As previously disclosed, Paramount Pictures will be shooting a series of action sequence scenes in the City of Buffalo as part of its sequel to the original blockbuster.
“We are pleased to have this major movie production in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown, noting that today’s announcement continues his commitment to support growing industries, including Buffalo’s emerging film industry. “Paramount Pictures has booked over 2, 200 room nights in our city and the production will spend millions of dollars in Buffalo. In addition, Paramount Pictures will be hiring local crews, eating in local restaurants and spending their money in Buffalo. I thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his role in helping to bring this shoot to our city. We look forward to a great experience for city residents, city merchants and Paramount Pictures.”
Paramount Pictures Unit Production Manager Wendy Williams joined Mayor Brown at today’s announcement in his office at Buffalo City Hall where it was also announced that production of a series of action sequence scenes will occur on the Kensington Expressway in the overnight hours from May 4th through the morning of May 17, 2015. This sequence will require the closure of Route 33 in both directions from downtown Buffalo to Route 198 from 7pm – 6am on those dates.
Also in attendance today were Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Timothy Clark, Cindy Abbott Letro, Chair of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, representatives from New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and NITECC (Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition) - the region’s authority on traffic coordination. Also in attendance were other city officials and several community leaders in the neighborhood where the filming will take place.
“We are pleased to see Paramount Pictures recognize Buffalo and Western New York as part of this major film franchise,” said Film Commission Chair Cindy Abbott Letro. “Mayor Brown has been an important advocate and friend of the film industry and his commitment was imperative in securing this major movie project.”
Under Mayor Brown’s leadership, Buffalo has become a new hotbed for movie and television production. He is in the process of hiring a qualified consulting team that can help further grow this unique market as part of a strategic plan to direct economic benefits, including the creation of jobs, attracting investments and stimulating local economies, into neighborhoods where filming occurs in Buffalo.
Mayor Brown’s commitment to build on Buffalo’s growing reputation as a diverse, interesting, and creative film center includes:
Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 is directed by David Green. Michael Bay is producing alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, with Galen Walker and Scott Mednick also producing. Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec are writing and will executive produce with Denis Stewart. The film will be released by Paramount Pictures in 2016.
WiFi Planned For Downtown Buffalo
April 14, 2015 - M&T Bank, Mayor Brown and University at Buffalo Partner to Provide New Service
An outdoor, public Wi-Fi network – with more than 30 hotspot access points along Main Street from North Street to Canalside and the Erie Basin Marina – is planned for downtown Buffalo. There will be no charge from the provider to access the network.
M&T Bank is leading the effort to engineer, purchase and install the system in partnership with Mayor Byron Brown, the City of Buffalo and the University at Buffalo. A franchise agreement for the municipal network is scheduled to be reviewed during a Buffalo Common Council meeting on April 14, 2015.
“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. “With this outdoor, public Wi-Fi network, we are making another targeted investment to improve our city’s wireless infrastructure, moving us forward on the path to constant connectivity. 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 for decades to come.”
“From the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to the Theatre District to Canalside to HarborCenter, outdoor Wi-Fi along Main Street will soon be available to more than 58,000 people who work downtown, along with the million-plus visitors we see each year, and will help people connect and enjoy Buffalo,” said M&T Chairman and CEO Robert G. Wilmers.
M&T Bank, headquartered downtown since 1856, has approximately 3,300 employees working in downtown Buffalo, including 2,500 on the Main Street corridor.
The University at Buffalo, which also has a major presence on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus adjacent to Main Street in Buffalo, is providing fiber assets and expertise in network engineering design and management for the network.
“As a natural extension of our university’s service mission, UB has been a leader in developing our regional fiber network which, in turn, helps to advance the mission of our area colleges and public institutions that reside in the City of Buffalo,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi. “We, as a university community, are excited to partner in the expansion of these Wi-Fi capabilities to enhance the experience of those who are working downtown, visiting our great city and enjoying the many cultural amenities present in our downtown corridor.”
The first access point is already installed and being tested for performance. Once all the approvals are in place, the rest of the network will be installed and ready for public use this summer. Individual hotspots, with a range of approximately 250 feet, will be spaced to create near continuous coverage, allowing users to leverage the system to connect to the Internet on mobile devices to surf the web, check email and use social media.
“This is another example of M&T Bank committing resources, funding and leadership to benefit our community,” said Buffalo Place Executive Director Michael Schmand. “And it is a great example of public-private partnership, with M&T, the City of Buffalo and UB coming together for the greater good.”
Buffalo Place is the downtown business improvement district within which much of the Wi-Fi network will reside.
Mayor Brown Announces City of Buffalo Earth Day Calendar
April 13, 2015 - While Earth Day is officially observed on April 22, events and happenings are taking place all month long around the City of Buffalo to mark the annual anniversary of the day set aside to focus on the environment. Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the City of Buffalo will be sponsoring the below list of outreach events to commemorate Earth Day on April 22, 2015.
• April 22nd—Mayor Byron W. Brown will be at Niagara Square at 1:00PM for a special Earth Day celebration.
• April 25th - 9:00AM—1:00PM—Republic Services Recycling Materials Facility Open House located in the rear of 2299 Kenmore Avenue Buffalo, NY 14207. City residents are encouraged to see where the recycling goes after it is collected at the curb. Refreshments will be served. Call 614-3368 for details.
• May 2nd— Community Paper Shredding Event and Clothing Drive at Martin Luther King Jr. Park from 10:00AM—1:00PM. Residents can bring their confidential documents to be shredded on site at no charge.
• May 2nd—GoBike Buffalo, the Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods and the Elmwood Village Business Association are sponsoring a used clothing and bike recycling event at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway from 10:00AM—2:00PM.
For additional information on events, please call Susan Attridge, City of Buffalo Recycling Coordinator, at 716-851-5014 or visit www.city-buffalo.com/recycle
Mayor Brown Rides Rail To Ball Park As Part Of Mayors Stand Up For Transportation Day
April 9, 2015 - Mayor Brown Joins Mayors nationwide to call for action ahead Of May 31 Expiration of Federal Transportation Bill
As part of the national Stand Up For Transportation Day of Action, that includes events across the country, Mayor Byron Brown and dozens of other mayors across the country today called upon Congress to renew funding for the federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which is set to expire on May 31. Mayor Brown showed his support for transportation by riding the metro rail to the opening day of Buffalo Bisons Baseball festivities at Coca-Cola Field.
“Transportation is the lifeblood of our city and today I’m pleased to participate in ‘Mayors Stand Up for Transportation Day’ by taking the metro rail to opening day at the Ball Park,” said Mayor Brown. “At a time when Buffalo is seeing increased investment, job growth and residential population in downtown Buffalo, an affordable and reliable transit system is critical and I join Mayors across the country in pushing Congress to reauthorize a long-term transportation bill that increases federal funding.”
In addition to mayors, a broad coalition of transportation providers, businesses, transportation system users, state partners and others are calling on Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill that increases investments in transportation infrastructure. To learn more about Stand Up for Transportation Day please visit www.standup4trasnportation.org or follow the Day of Action on Twitter at #SU4T.
Mayor Brown Kicked Off The 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program And Requests The Support Of The Business Community
February 24, 2015 - More than 20,000 city youth have participated in this program since 2006
Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the application process for his 2015 Summer Youth Internship Program is now underway. The program will provide six weeks of meaningful employment and work-readiness training to city youth this summer. He also called upon local businesses to join him in his goal of providing an increased number of summer youth employment opportunities in the city of Buffalo.
Private sector businesses can participate in the Mayor’s Summer Internship Program by hiring youth who have submitted applications with the Mayor’s Program. Those businesses that hire city youth may also be eligible for tax credits. If a business or any individual would like to sponsor a youth for the summer employment opportunity, they may do so through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance Buffalo. Not-for-profit and Community based organizations can also participate by providing a structured and supervised work environment for the summer and, through sponsorship and donations, the City of Buffalo will subsidize the wages of youth employed in these areas.
Young people between the ages of 14-21 will be employed for 6 weeks in the summer with the majority working from July 6-August 14, 2015 earning $8.75 per hour. Each participant will be screened, assessed and receive training in the following areas: job readiness, life skills and financial literacy. The City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth will provide youth counselors who will serve as monitors and provide program support for everyone participating in the Program. College Students are encouraged to apply as the demand is great for college age interns.
“We know many young people experience high unemployment and my administration takes this challenge very seriously,” said Mayor Brown, noting that his program has provided over 20,000 employment opportunities to youth since 2006. “This year, we will continue to offer meaningful employment to city youth by adding funding for an additional 50 positions for at-risk youth, increasing the city’s summer youth workforce to 1,450.”
Buffalo Youth interested in applying for Summer Jobs can download an application at www.city-buffalo.com or pick one up at Buffalo City Hall in room 1701. Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Applications must be returned by Friday, May 1, 2015.
To be eligible for this program you must be a City of Buffalo resident between the ages of 14 and 21 and you must turn age 14 by May 1, 2015
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