MAYOR BYRON W. BROWN ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT UPDATES TO BUFFALO’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY 

On Tuesday Mayor Byron W. Brown issued a statement on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s warning that the City of Buffalo and surrounding areas are on track to be designated a Red Zone. The City of Buffalo and Erie County remain under Orange Zone restrictions as part of a strategy to reduce the spike in infection rates in Western New York. 

Mayor Brown stated, “We must take Governor Cuomo’s Red Zone warning extremely seriously, the very health of our economy depends on the actions we take. Please follow the guidelines and continue taking the necessary precautions to help protect the health of our community. It is up to each and every one of us to reverse the infection rate and spare our businesses and residents the pain of a total shutdown.” 

For more information on the Governor’s guidelines and Cluster Action Initiative, visit forward.ny.gov. 

New PSA Urges Residents To Be Safe This Thanksgiving 

Mayor Brown launched a new Public Service Announcement on social media to urge residents to help stem the recent COVID-19 surge by only gathering with members of their household this Thanksgiving. 

Mayor Brown stated “The holidays are a time when families come together, reconnect and be thankful. With the ongoing Coronavirus emergency continuing to threaten the health of our community, this year I am asking families to only physically gather with the members of their immediate household. I encourage residents to be creative and utilize video technology, such as Zoom or Facetime, to stay connected with loved ones who do not live with them to help prevent further community spread. Please continue to follow the guidelines to protect the health of our community, it is one of the many reasons why Buffalo is known worldwide as the City of Good Neighbors.”  

Winter Parking Regulations on Bus Routes Go Into Effect Next Week 

Mayor Brown is asking residents to have parking plans in place when the Winter Parking Regulations on Bus Routes go into effect on Monday, November 30th at 1:30am. Side streets in the City of Buffalo with 9am – 4pm alternate parking designations have also been suspended until November 30th. Parking officials remind residents that all other parking regulations remain in place. 

REMINDER: School Zone Safety Program active at Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children’s Academy 

Mayor Brown reminds residents that the School Zone Safety Program remains in effect for Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children’s Academy located at 3149 Bailey Avenue. The camera at that location will still be active, so City traffic officials urge motorists to please obey the speed limit. Last week, the City suspended the School Zone Safety Program at Canisius High School, Nichols School, Notre Dame Academy and St. Joseph University School until further notice due to the Governor’s Orange Zone restrictions. 

Document Depository Available at Buffalo City Hall 

In accordance with the Mayor’s directive to reduce in-person services at Buffalo City Hall, the Department of Permits and Inspection Services has placed a “Plan Drop” in the Elmwood Avenue entrance lobby for residents and developers who need to deliver plans, schematics and other documents that cannot be submitted online for review. For permits and licensing needs, residents are encouraged to visit www.buffalony.gov/435/Permit- Inspection-Services. For license needs that cannot be met online, call 851-6583, 851-6594 or 851-4078. For permit services that cannot be met online, call 851-4935 or 851-5033. For general information, please call 851-4949. 

Also as a reminder, in-person services are also suspended until further notice for the Department of Taxation and Assessment. Residents needing services may call 851-5733 and follow the queues to speak to the appropriate division. For Assessment Inquiries call 851-5733, Option 1 or email COBAssessor@city-buffalo.com. For Tax Inquiries call 851-5733, Option 2 or email taxquestion@city-buffalo.com. For Exemption Inquiries call 851-5733, Option 3 or email cobexemption@city-buffalo.com. 

Supporting Local Businesses 

Mayor Brown reminds small businesses in the City of Buffalo that help is available during the COVID-19 emergency. Businesses interested in expanding outdoor services can do so through the Small Business Social Distancing Initiative (SBSDI). Program participants must adhere to specific guidelines and must obtain a permit to use heaters by contacting the City of Buffalo Office of Fire Prevention at 716-851-5333 ext.750. The City of Buffalo also offers additional resources to local small businesses through www.buffalony.gov/ReopenBuffalo, a one-stop destination with a variety of resources. 

Help Your Community, Give Blood Today 

ConnectLife is in constant need of donors. Mayor Brown encourages healthy, COVID-19 symptom-free residents to give blood to help maintain an adequate supply. Donating is safe and social distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or if you are interested in holding a blood drive, visit connectlifegiveblood.org. 

Looking for work? Local companies are hiring! 

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

Shoreline Area Remains Closed at Centennial Park 

The Shoreline area of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park remains closed as crews continue to address damage sustained during last week’s windstorm. The Skate Park and the Dog Park areas are open for use. 

COVID-19 testing available 

To find the closest COVID-19 test site near you, visit covid19.buffalony.gov. The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites throughout the City with contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription for testing. 

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