Continued Updates From Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo During COVID-19 Crisis

Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo continue to work to ensure public safety, prioritize the health and welfare of residents and visitors, and reduce circles of exposure to the COVID-19 in our community.

 THE FOLLOWING is a Mixed  LIST OF HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR THE CITY OF BUFFALO DURING COVID19 For the most current updates from Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo please go to Buffalony.gov 

-The Parks-

   The CDC is expected to announce newer guidelines as it relates to parks; we will make sure people are made aware of any changes through BuffAlert.  Reminder:  All City parks are still available for passive uses only.  and per Olmsted Parks Conservancy there will also be no portable toilets available until further notice.

  • While in the parks, please continue to practice social distancing for the safety of others and to prevent community spread of COVID-19
  • All playgrounds, golf courses, skate parks and park buildings are closed until further notice
  • Park workers and Police are monitoring for compliance so please stay off of equipment and practice social distancing
  • Delaware Park’s Ring Road will be closed to vehicular traffic 

-Spring Bulk Pickup –

The Spring Bulk Trash pickup, scheduled to start on April 4th has been postponed.

  • A revised schedule will be released in the near future
  • Please do not place bulk items at the curb at this time; it will not be picked up
  • Debris left at the curb will be subject to fines

-Utilities-

Buffalo Water is restoring service to all residents who have had their water turned off as water is essential to public health during this pandemic. If you’ve had your water turned off PLEASE CALL  716 847-1065 go to link at top of this post for more updates . 

-Jobs: Looking For Work?  Local Companies are Hiring –

Mayor Brown is proud to report that the Buffalo Employment and Training Center has been hearing from several local companies looking to fill positions right now. If you or someone you know is looking for employment assistance, contact the Buffalo Employment Training Center at 856-5627 JOBS/bufffalony.gov/jobs

Local job experts continue to help residents impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.  If you are looking for work, call the Buffalo Employment and Training Center at 856-JOBS. Employment counselors are available for remote one-on-one counseling sessions.

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Summer Youth Paid Internships Application Deadline Has Been Extended to April 24. Apply online at www.buffalony.gov/msyapp

 

Blood Donations-

ConnectLife says there is still an urgent need for blood donations. To make an appointment, call 716-529-4270 or connectlifegiveblood.org

-The Good Neighbors Network- 

Mayor Brown Launches Good Neighbors Network – Please check this out and let anyone you know about it so they can get the help they need!

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Mayor Brown announced the launch of the Good Neighbors Network (GNN), a timely initiative that leverages the existing goodwill and social networks of Buffalo’s neighborhoods into a way of connecting residents without violating the physical distancing that is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19. 

Mayor Brown stated, “In difficult times, the City of Buffalo shines and we are going to overcome this crisis by demonstrating compassion, kindness and a resolve to be there for each other.  Individuals who have registered with the City’s volunteer website will join block club leaders and members, as well as police officers and recruits, in safely placing door hangers at the homes of residents throughout Buffalo as part of the Good Neighbors Network initiative. All distributors will be practicing proper social distancing measures, and wearing gloves. 

The door hangers have two sides, one which provides basic information on the Good Neighbors Network and another, brightly colored side, which residents can choose to place on their door handles indicating that they may need some form of assistance. After a door hanger has been delivered, residents are being asked to bring it inside and only hang it outside again, with the brightly colored side facing out, when they think they might be in need of assistance. 

  • If a resident wants to call 311 directly, they can still do so. Some people may not feel comfortable indicating they need help with the door hanger, while others may feel that is the best way to let their friends and neighbors know they could use a good neighbor. Both ways of contacting the City are always available and residents should do what they feel most comfortable doing 
  • This is for non-emergency assistance 
  • If there’s an emergency, call 911 When a block club leader or member, volunteer or police officer see a brightly color sided door hanger they will alert the Division of Citizen Services and a case file is created for that residence. Staff from the Citizen Services will contact the resident and then determine their specific need for non-medical COVID-19 related service

311 Operators and other participating staff have been given a special resource guide that is regularly updated and contains information regarding operating food pantries, prescription delivery services, grocery delivery services, closures, and other critical information 

  • Once the staff person has contacted the resident indicating they need help, they will work with that resident to identify and contact the service providers they need 
  • If the resident’s need is of a medical nature, the person will be referred to the appropriate entity to help them deal with that 

Once the door hanger distribution phase is over, participating Good Neighbors Network neighbors will continue to walk or drive down every block looking for door hanger requests throughout this crisis.  

-Street Parking-

  • Until further notice, parking is available in all Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps free of charge, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day
  • All on-street parking will be free of charge until further notice. Motorists may park in any legal spot in the City of Buffalo without having to pay
  • The no parking from 6 pm Monday until 6 pm Thursday (and the corresponding No parking from 6pm Thursday until 6 pm Monday) is the only major regulation still in effect. It is very important that people adhere to this.
  • Overnight parking on bus routes has been suspended
  • The City of Buffalo Division of Parking continues to work with restaurants and businesses interested in the City’s On-street Drive-thru program.
  • For more information, email parking@buffalony.gov
  • Mayor Brown reminds City residents to cooperate with the City’s alternate parking rules. Please obey the “No Parking 6 pm Thursday to 6 pm Monday” signs. We need to ensure that emergency vehicles can get down these streets.

-Non Essential Travel-

All non-essential travel between the United State and Canada is no longer allowed, until April 20th

-Parking Partnership with Buffalo Zoo-

Mayor Brown announced that the City of Buffalo is partnering with the Buffalo Zoo to open its parking lot, located at the corner of Parkside and Jewett, to park-goers.

  • He is asking park-goers, who use the Buffalo Zoo parking lot, to consider donating to the Zoo via the Buffalo Roam Parking App
  • The Buffalo Zoo has been closed to the public due to the Coronavirus. Without visitors, the park is losing revenue to care for its many exotic animals
  • On the Buffalo Roam Parking App, select “BUFFZOO” and choose whatever amount you’d like to contribute; donations will go directly to the zoo to help care for the animals that we all love to visit
  • The Buffalo Zoo parking lot will only be open during park hours, sunrise to sunset. Vehicles parked in the lot after 10 pm can be ticketed and or towed. Police will be patrolling and enforcing the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order prohibiting congregating

Parking will be available in the following areas:

  • The Agassiz Circle Lot (corner of Parkside and Route198)
  • The St. George’s Lot (near the Park’s entrance on Amherst Street)
  • Crandall Drive (between Colvin and Amherst)
  • Nottingham Road (between Delaware and Amherst)

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-Bulk Trash-

Buffalo, NY – Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown reminded residents that the Spring Bulk Trash Pickup, which was set to begin last week, remains postponed. An updated schedule will be issued once the COVID-19 emergency is over.

“I am asking residents to refrain from putting large items out to the curb at this time,” said Mayor Brown. “ Our sanitation employees are working around the clock to ensure that our streets remain clear of trash. Residents who place debris on the curb will face fees for pickup.”

Residents can schedule a special bulk trash pick-up at their property. For a fee starting at $105, which is the normal fee for “pick and pay”, the City will collect an area of trash that does not exceed a length of 12 feet by a height of 3 feet and a width of 3 feet. Larger areas will cost more. Televisions, computers, construction/ demolition debris, tires, paint or other hazardous materials will not be picked-up. Residents are not permitted to place bulk trash at the curb until after they have scheduled an appointment via the City of Buffalo 311 Call and Resolution Center. If they do, the trash will be picked up but residents will be charged the standard fee of $105 for trash services.

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-Complete Your Census-

Without an accurate count, the City of Buffalo will miss out on crucial federal funding needed to power community programming in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. Mayor Brown urges residents to be counted by completing their 2020 Census forms. As of April 9th, the City of Buffalo’s response rate is 36.3%, which lags far behind the 46.2% national response rate. Please encourage your family, friends and neighbors to complete their forms at 2020Census.gov.

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