City Splash Pads Open Up Across Buffalo
May 27, 2016 - Mayor Brown announces that nine splash pads throughout the city will open this weekend
Mother Nature is turning up the heat this Memorial Day Weekend and in anticipation of the high temperatures Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo announced today the opening of nine splash pads throughout the city this weekend.
“I am pleased that nine splash pads will open for the holiday weekend - one month earlier than the scheduled July 1st opening date,” said Mayor Brown. “It is important for residents, particularly our youth, to have places to cool off during this hot spell.”
Depending on the weather, the following nine splash pads will be open ‘weekends only’ through June. (Beginning June 27th, the splash pads will be operational 7 days a week through Labor Day. Outdoor pools open on July 1, 2016.)
- MLK Humboldt Basin – Best & Fillmore
- Centennial – Foot of Porter in LaSalle Park
- Houghton Park – Foot of Spann Street, off Clinton
- Cazenovia Park – Near the Cazenovia Casino
- Lanigan Park – South Park Avenue, near Louisiana
- Schiller Park – Sprenger Avenue
- Kensington Pool grounds – Kensington, at Grider
- Allison Pool grounds – Reese Street
- Roosevelt Park – Foot of Roosevelt Avenue
Below are this weekend’s hours of operation, weather permitting:
- Saturday 11:00 am – 7:00pm
- Sunday 11:00am – 7:00pm
- Monday 11:00am – 7:00pm
Work continues on the following two splash pads, which are expected to open by next weekend.
- Masten Park – Best Street near Orange
- Lincoln Park – foot of Quincy Street
Rules, posted at the entrance of the splash pad, include the following:
- Young children must be accompanied by an adult
- No bare feet
- Park staff are not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen items
For more information regarding city pools and splash pads call the Division of Parks and Recreation Pools Office at 851-5998.
Mayor Brown Announces The Filing Of Designated Developer Agreement For 201 Ellicott Street
May 24, 2016 - Mayor Byron Brown, joined by Paul Ciminelli, President and CEO of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, and Tops Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frank Curci, announced today that Ciminelli Real Estate will develop “201 Ellicott Street”, a City-owned surface parking lot, located in the heart of downtown Buffalo. The agreement will be filed for the next Buffalo Common Council meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
“I’m encouraged by the momentum we continue to see in our downtown,” said Mayor Brown. “Ciminelli Real Estate will be a great partner on the “201 Ellicott Street” project and we appreciate its commitment to Buffalo as we continue to work together to grow our community as a city of opportunity for all residents. Providing an urban grocery store, office space and additional housing and retail opportunities in the heart of our City will help further strengthen our position as a destination place for individuals, families, and businesses.”
“The filing and ensuing designation is a critical step for the developer in a project like this,” said Paul F. Ciminelli, President and CEO of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation. “This gives us the green light, so that we can roll up our sleeves and get to work with the actual design and planning. We’re excited to continue moving forward.”
201 Ellicott Street is located directly across from the newly renovated Hotel Lafayette and in an area that’s experiencing tremendous growth, from an increased demand for residential units to retail offerings to an influx of new downtown residents and workers, providing a great development opportunity. Last year, the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning, Division of Real Estate, issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in search of a qualified developer for the site, rather than a specific project proposal. The City received three responses to the RFQ.
When all the factors were added up, Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation best demonstrated its ability to be a partner in development and also agreed to the following terms:
- Agreed to use its best efforts to pursue a minority workforce goal of 25% and a woman workforce goal of 5%
- Agreed to use its best efforts to pursue a minority owned business enterprise (MBE) utilization goal of 25% and a women owned business enterprise (WBE) utilization goal of 5% of the project construction cost
- Agreed to give job preference to city residents
Mayor Brown concluded. “We look forward to working with Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. on this exciting shared initiative that will further strengthen the city and region, and continue the remarkable progress in downtown Buffalo by reinventing this prime piece of city owned land.”
Mayor Brown, BPD Commissioner Derenda Announce Recruitment Campaign Results For Police Exam
May 17, 2016 - Recruitment Campaign attracts an increase in the number of city resident applicants; with recruitment campaign over, city moves to ensure applicants are ready for police exam. Police exam is scheduled for June 18, 2016.
Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Police Department Commissioner Daniel Derenda today announced that – to date - 2,456 City of Buffalo residents recently applied to join the Buffalo Police Department. The last exam was administered by the City in 2011 and attracted 2,370 city residents. 51% of those who applied this year are minority applicants. The latest numbers were driven, in part, by a recruitment campaign by the City of Buffalo over the past two months designed to attract high-quality, diverse candidates who reflect the makeup of the city.
“Public safety remains a top priority and as we continue to grow Buffalo into a city of opportunity, I thank the city residents who answered our call to serve and protect their fellow residents, businesses and visitors to the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “To continue strengthening the relationship between our police officers and communities all across Buffalo, we must keep building a police force that represents the diversity of our entire city. That is what this recruitment campaign successfully aimed to do and we will continue to find more ways to build relationships and make our neighborhoods even safer and our city even stronger.”
In the latest pool of applicants, nearly 33 % are African-American, over 12% are Hispanic, and over 5% are classified as other- helping BPD reach its goal of increasing diversity among its ranks. 29% of applicants are women.
“The City of Buffalo is proud to have one of the finest police departments in the state and a department that places community policing as a top priority,” said BPD Commissioner Daniel Derenda. “Buffalo police officers play an extremely important role in ensuring our residents enjoy a good quality of life, while upholding and enforcing the laws that protect residents and visitors alike. With a police force that further reflects the demographics of the city, we’ll be better positioned to successfully practice community policing.”
For the past two months, the Department used a variety of tools to recruit potential police officers, including visits to churches, schools and community events across the city. The Department also developed campaign materials in English and Spanish, promoted the recruitment campaign on radio stations, in weekly publications, through social media and aired public service announcements on Government Channel 22.
With the application process now complete, the exam will be given on June 18, 2016. To help applicants prepare for the written exam, the City provided all applicants with a test preparation guide in person or on-line that includes information about the exam and sample questions. In addition, a test preparation class for applicants, in advance of the police exam, will be held.
The Buffalo Police Department offers excellent benefits to becoming an officer. Salaries range from $50,373 to $66,031. Benefit packages include health, dental and optical coverage, vacation/sick pay, retirement plan and a continued education stipend.
Mayor Holds 2nd Annual Buffalo Senior Lunch and Wellness Fair
May 12, 2016 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today sponsored the City of Buffalo’s 2nd Annual Senior Lunch and Wellness Fair at the Schiller Park Senior Citizen Center. The free event provided an opportunity for senior to speak to dozens of local health associations about their services.
Seniors had the opportunity to participate in free health screenings, cooking and exercise demonstrations, and a wellness walk. A healthy were also provided, along with a healthy breakfast and snacks.
“This senior-focused health fair provides one-stop shopping for our older residents to make connections with more than 30 local healthcare organizations, offering the types of services they need. It’s also a great opportunity for our seniors to learn new ways to maintain their health through exercise and nutrition,” Mayor Brown said.
There are more than 70,000 senior citizens living in Buffalo, according to Douglas Ruffin, Director, City of Buffalo Division of Senior Services.
“And that number is growing, especially in our oldest age brackets as they are living longer. A one-stop event like this is so important because as more of our residents age out of driving, it’s so helpful to them to be able to make so many contacts in one setting,” Director Ruffin said.
The wellness event was sponsored by the City of Buffalo, United Healthcare, Centers Healthcare, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, Lovejoy Councilmember Richard Fontana and the Schiller Park Senior Center.
Participating healthcare agencies, organizations, providers and businesses included: Aetna Health Connections, Alzheimer’s Association, American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, Buffalo Hearing & Speech, Catholic Charities (Senior Day Program, LIFE and Physical Therapy}, Dr. William Holley, Century Wellness, Community Action Organization, Erie County Department of Health, Erie County Medical Center ( Advanced Care Planning, Outpatient Rehab and Trauma Injury Prevention), Erie County Senior Services, Massage/Navigator for NYS Affordable Healthcare Act, Meals on Wheels, Natural Wellness Solutions, Olmsted Center for Sight, Rite-Aid Pharmacy, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Sheridan Surgical, University at Buffalo Dental, UNYTS, WNY Independent Living and Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo.
Highlighting the important role all small businesses play in growing the Buffalo economy, Mayor Brown also issued a proclamation, declaring May 8th-14th Small Business Week in Buffalo
CAN A BICYCLE BE AN AGENT OF CHANGE?
Dear Fellow Citizens:
In early Buffalo, around the turn of the century, it was legions of bicycle riders that championed the cause for paved streets – placing Buffalo on the forefront of American cities.
Because of the freedom and independence offered by a bike, women’s rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony went so far as to say the bicycle had “done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world”.
More than a century later, communities that have invested in cycling infrastructure, including Buffalo, have seen a tremendous return in commerce, in new residents, in tax dollars, in the health of residents, and in greater engagement at the community level.
Mayor Brown Announces The City of Buffalo Lead Hazard Control Program
May 4, 2016 - This multi-pronged initiative, to reduce exposure to lead-based paint hazards, will include lead-focused amendments to City’s Rental Registry Law, a Lead Education Awareness Program, and lead testing and remediation partnerships
Mayor Byron W. Brown today unveiled a multi-pronged initiative: The City of Buffalo Lead Hazard Control Program – Legislate, Collaborate, Educate and Remediate. This aggressive initiative, to reduce Buffalo residents’ exposure to hazards from lead-based paint, includes key amendments to the City Charter, City Code, and the city’s Rental Registry Law requiring:
- All landlords on the City’s Rental Registry must certify they are aware of their property’s lead levels and agree to follow Federal guidelines for renovation and repair
- Property managers will be required to obtain Federal Remediation Lead Safe Certification
- Landlords in the City of Buffalo will be required to disclose lead conditions to tenants.
- Certificates of Occupancy will be denied, if there is a lead-based paint hazard present
As Mayor Brown’s proposed in his FY 2017 City Budget, unveiled April 29, the City’s Rental Registration Fee will be doubled. That increase will allow 25 percent of fees collected, a minimum of $250,000, annually, to be dedicated to lead issues. Additionally, $205,000 will be made available to start the program this year. The plan will provide funds to make 150 Buffalo units Lead-Safe each year. Read More...
Mayor Brown, BUDC Kick Off 2016 Spring Edition of Queen City Pop-Up
May 5, 2016 - Queen City Pop-Up: 2016 Spring Edition runs from May 5, 2016 through July 31, 2016
Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), Buffalo Place and Working for Downtown kicked off the Queen City Pop-Up: 2016 Spring Edition at 517 Main Street - located along the newly renovated 500 block of Main Street. Queen City Pop-Up, launched in 2014, is downtown’s first pop-up retail program designed to encourage retail activity along Main Street by creating new “pop-up” shops that feature local retailers. The project activates empty storefronts by filling them with retailers on a short term basis, free of charge. New 500 Block, LLC has agreed to sponsor the retail space for the spring 2016 Queen City Pop-Up participants.
Mayor Brown stated, “We are experiencing unprecedented development, excitement, and growth in the downtown area, and positioning the 2016 Spring Edition of Queen City Pop-Up along the newly renovated 500 Block of Main Street is adding to the momentum. Buffalo’s downtown Main Street and our significant investment in the Cars Sharing Main Street program play a vital role in Buffalo’s new era of opportunity. The Queen City Pop-Up program complements our collaborative efforts, encouraging growth in the downtown area, attracting even more people to downtown Buffalo, while creating increased opportunity for investment and job growth.”
A Request for Proposals was issued in March to identify local retailers interested in participating in this downtown retail effort. A selection committee, comprised of representatives from the Queen City Pop-Up partner organizations, reviewed the proposals and determined the program finalists. Four local retailers were selected to participate in the 2016 Spring Edition of Queen City Pop:
- The Atinga Project
- Buffalo Loves Tees
- Phenomenal Xpressions
- Vixen Fashion
These small businesses offer a unique mix of items including Buffalo themed merchandise, local artwork, vintage clothing and purses, hand-made jewelry, custom T-shirts, and hand-crafted footwear and accessories. Read More...