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Training Drill Notice for August 24, 2016
THE BUFFALO POLICE DEPARTMENT will be conducting a training exercise at School #6, Buffalo Elementary School of Technology, 414 S. Division St., on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24 FROM 8:00 AM TO NOON. This TRAINING DRILL will include a number of police vehicles and ambulances, as well as many officers. PLEASE DO NOT BE ALARMED. THIS IS ONLY A TRAINING EXERCISE. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Let The Puerto Rican And Hispanic Day Parade Celebrations Begin!
August 15, 2016 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined members of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade Association of WNY for a flag raising ceremony at Niagara Square, kicking off a series of sponsored events that celebrate Buffalo’s Hispanic Heritage.
Mayor Brown Calls On City Seniors To Take Part In AARP Experience Corps Literacy Program
August 11, 2016 - Program being administered by Read to Succeed Buffalo
Mayor Byron W. Brown is calling on city senior volunteers, ages 50 and up, to sign up immediately to participate in the AARP Foundation's Experience Corps Literacy Program, an award-winning national literacy program that helps struggling students become better readers by pairing them with well trained, mature volunteer literacy tutors.
Mayor Brown Attends Groundbreaking For One Of The Largest Commercial Development Projects Taking Place On Lower West Side In 25 Years
August 3, 2016 - GBUAHN’s new medical facility brings jobs; access to quality healthcare to Lower West Side
Buffalo’s Lower West Side neighborhood is experiencing a significant economic transformation, and the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) is contributing to this progress by building a new $5 million medical facility. Mayor Byron W. Brown joined GBUAHN at today’s ground breaking ceremony for the new medical facility that will offer a full variety of healthcare services. He also issued a proclamation declaring August 3, 2016 as ‘Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network’ day in the City of Buffalo.
“As we continue to grow Buffalo into a city of opportunity for all people, I thank the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network for its continued commitment to our community and launching one of the largest commercial development projects taking place on the lower west side of Buffalo in 25 years,” said Mayor Brown, adding that the city has already provided support for this significant health care project via the Office of Strategic Planning and Permits and Inspection Services.
Fruit Belt Parking Permit Program Signed Into Law
July 22, 2016 - Mayor Brown, Local and State Leaders and Fruit Belt residents announce legislation signed into law
Mayor Byron W. Brown, New York State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy, Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen and residents who live in the Fruit Belt Neighborhood came together today pleased that State Legislation has been signed into law giving Buffalo the ability to implement a parking permit program for the Fruit Belt Neighborhood. This permitting process will address community concerns about parking availability in and around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).
Mayor Brown, County Executive Poloncarz, Congressman Higgins Announce Start of Construction on Bailey Avenue Bridges
July 22, 2016 - $20 million project is part of Mayor Brown’s commitment to improve safety for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists, further stabilize the area and promote growth, and strengthen the quality of life in the neighborhood
Mayor Byron W. Brown, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Congressman Brian Higgins, joined by State Senator Timothy Kennedy, State Assembly Member Michael Kearns, South District Council Member Christopher Scanlon and Lovejoy District Council Member Richard Fontana, today announced that a $20 million project to replace the Bailey Avenue Bridges over Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River has begun. A land swap between the City of Buffalo and Erie County paved the way for the new spans to be constructed next to the existing structures, enabling the project to move forward. Both bridges, which carry more than 20,000 vehicles per day and provide a critical link to the City of Buffalo, South Buffalo Business District and New York State Thruway, will be replaced and is another great example of a strong partnership between city, state and federal leaders, who secured funding for this project.
"The Bailey Avenue Bridges are a vital link between downtown Buffalo, the South Buffalo Business District and the NYS Thruway, that thousands of city residents and visitors depend upon,” said Mayor Brown. "This replacement project will ensure this important roadway remains viable for years to come and is the latest part of my administration’s significant investment in infrastructure in every corner of our City. I thank my partners in government for helping us secure funding for the project, as well as the County Executive Poloncarz for working together to negotiate the land transfer that enabled construction to move forward.”
Mayor Brown Announces New Leadership In The Buffalo Fire Department
July 20, 2016 - Swearing in of new BFD Leadership, as well as the hiring of more first responders, builds on continued efforts to lead the BFD into a new era of 21st Century fire fighting
Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield announced today a series of appointments and plans for the Buffalo Fire Department (BFD) that build on the Brown administration’s continued commitment to further strengthen public safety to meet the demands of a growing Buffalo. Today, Buffalo Fire Captain Vincent V. Muscarella and Buffalo Fire Lieutenant Johnathan T. Eaton were sworn in as Deputy Fire Commissioners. Buffalo Fire Lieutenant James O. Otwell is the new Commander of the Buffalo Fire Investigation Unit. All three appointments are effective immediately and were announced at a swearing-in ceremony outside Buffalo Fire Headquarters.
“Keeping our city safe is among my administration’s top priorities and today marks a new era for the city’s fire department as new leadership comes in to effectively manage this complex department and the new firefighters that have been recently hired or will be hired,” said Mayor Brown. “It’s my pleasure to announce these appointments that will further bolster the leadership of the Buffalo Fire Department. With a combined experience of nearly 60 years in the department, these appointees have shown the experience, creativity and dedication it takes to lead the BFD.”
Mayor Brown also announced the hiring of a new class of 50 fire recruits, building on the 109 Buffalo Firefighters hired by the City of Buffalo last year. This new recruit class is expected to begin in early fall, continuing Mayor Brown’s commitment to ensuring the safety of residents and businesses.
Mayor Brown and Bluecross Blueshield of Western New York Announce Launch of Summer City Fitness
In an effort to get city residents moving in the summer months, Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the launch of Summer City Fitness in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.
"Fitness in our city parks is an important part of our continued efforts to create a healthier and more vibrant city by providing more opportunities for residents to exercise and spend time outdoors," said Mayor Brown. "I applaud BlueCross BlueShield and our community partners for teaming up with us on Summer City Fitness at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Perkins Park as we work together on continued ways to help residents maintain healthy lifestyles and enjoy the many green spaces that Buffalo has to offer.”
The free fitness series features a mix of low- and high-impact classes, such as Zumba®, Pound, Pilates, and Aerobics. Classes, taught by popular instructors from the city’s community, will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Perkins Park from July 20 through September 3.
Mayor Brown, Congressman Higgins Host Official Reopening of Newly Rehabilitated Ferry Street Bridge
July 18, 2016 - Nearly $8 million Project Provides Enhanced Connection to Improvements on Niagara Street and historic Broderick Park; simultaneous sea wall signing between the City of Buffalo and USACE signifies continued improvements to this area
At a ceremonial bridge lowering on Buffalo’s West Side, Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins, joined by State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Buffalo Common Council Majority Leader and Niagara District Councilman David Rivera, and LTC Adam Czekanski, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District Commander, as well as community leaders, business owners, residents and others, celebrated today the official completion of the Ferry Street Bridge Rehabilitation project which has resulted in an improved connection between neighborhoods along Niagara Street to Broderick Park. Simultaneously, Mayor Brown also took part in a signing ceremony with the USACE to mark the start of the $505,000 Broderick Park Sea Wall Study.
“The Ferry Street Bridge is an important link to one of Buffalo’s crown jewels - Broderick Park - as well as to neighborhoods along Niagara Street,” said Mayor Brown. “This major infrastructure improvement project further strengthens the Niagara Street corridor, one of our great gateways from Canada. It also creates jobs and serves as a vital link to the Underground Railroad connection at historic Broderick Park. I thank my partners in government for being a part of this continued effort to give residents and visitors improved access to this unique cultural amenity and Buffalo’s waterfront.”
Mayor Brown Kicks Off 2016 Summer Pool Season
July 1, 2016 -Buffalo’s outdoor pools are now open for summerMayor Byron W. Brown and Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Andrew Rabb were joined by dozens of city children, who helped them celebrate the official start to the city’s summer pool season with a ceremonial jump into the Kensington Pool in Buffalo this morning.
“We are constantly working to make our city an even greater place to live, work and play,” said Mayor Brown. “With 8 outdoor pools, 2 wading pools and 11 splash pads, Buffalo’s facilities provide a great respite for those who love the water and continue my administration’s focus on the health and wellness of our citizens by keeping them physically active during the hot summer months.”
ALL city pools opened on July First and will remain open from 11am-7pm for the duration of the summer season through Labor Day, weather permitting. All city splash pads are also open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Since 2006, Mayor Brown’s administration has invested over $52 million to improve and beautify Buffalo’s park system, including the $4.5 million MLK, Jr. Basin Project. The City of Buffalo, through the Department of Public Works, spent nearly $450,000 at the Cazenovia Indoor Pool last year and is now preparing for nearly $500,000 worth of improvements to the Lovejoy Indoor Pool, planned for later this year. All the pools & splashpad rules, hours, map of locations, etc. can be found on city’s website: http://www.city-Buffalo.com/Home/City_Departments/Public_Works_Parks_Streets/ParksDepartment/PoolsRinks
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