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For city leaders, Buffalo hosting a major league baseball game Tuesday evening fulfills a long-ago dream by those who once sought a franchise for the city. For state leaders, having the Toronto Blue Jays call Buffalo home for the 2020 season is a show of how far New York has come in lowering its COVID curve.

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The latest phase of Buffalo’s reform agenda includes three new initiatives that will adjust fees and fines on low-income city residents.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced this morning that City Hall's dome will be lit in red, black and green tonight as well as on June 19th.

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Flanked by representatives of the Free The People WNY Coalition, Common Councilmembers, members of Buffalo Police Department and two National Football League players, Mayor Byron Brown announced a series of changes in the city's police policy while vowing that conversations to address social inequity have only just begun.

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There will be another curfew covering all of Erie County Sunday night into Monday morning. The hours are 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. All but essential employees are being told to stay home.

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As the month of March draws to a close, New York is reporting some stunning coronavirus statistics. On Sunday, March 1st, there were still no confirmed cases in New York. Today, there are more than 52,000. 728 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19.

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More positive test results were confirmed Friday afternoon in Erie County, as health officials and the county executive again expressed frustration over a lack of available testing kits. Meanwhile, after stating he had heard reports of groups congregating in city parks in violation of coronavirus prevention guidelines, Mayor Byron Brown announced a shutdown of certain facilities on Buffalo park grounds.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced Monday that as of 8 p.m., City Hall and other city buildings would close, and government operations will comply with Governor Cuomo's guidelines for reducing risks to spread COVID-19 coronavirus. The city is also enforcing the shutdown of numerous attractions in order to comply with a "less than 50 people" rule, and one of the biggest casualties of this will be one of Buffalo's most popular Eastertime traditions.

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Both of the City of Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day parades, scheduled to run this weekend, have been canceled in response to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns.

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Mayor Byron Brown is vowing to make the City of Buffalo an "address of choice," by introducing more housing along Main Street, improved parking access and improved digital technology to deliver services. Such improvements are part of a new "Roaring 20s" he outlined in his 2020 State of the City Address.

New York State is providing more than $2.7 million to Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Rochester to combat housing blight. State Attorney General Lititia James says the funding will help the localities improve housing code enforcement.

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, is weighing in on a controversial Trump administration action late last week that bans New Yorkers from participating in federal Trusted Travelers programs. He released a statement Saturday, arguing the ban has nothing to do with national security but is simply political retribution against New York for its progressive policies

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Mayor Byron Brown's Suits for Veterans clothing drive ended Wednesday with the distribution of men's suits, shirts and ties to local veterans in need of such attire. A Medal of Honor recipient was among those present to celebrate a drive which, organizers say, far exceeded the expected response.

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At least 50 gently-used suits were hanging from three racks in the main lobby of City Hall Tuesday. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is hoping to collect more, as part of a drive to give veterans free appropriate attire to help them in a job search and transition into civilian life.

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The Buffalo Fire Department is getting some help from FEMA. 

 

City officials announced Wednesday they’ve received a $322,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to obtain new equipment and training for firefighters. The funding is part of more than $33.6 million awarded to 166 fire departments nationwide by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

 

 

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The City of Buffalo in the first six months of this year, according to police statistics, recorded its fewest cases of gun violence within the first half of a year since 2011. There's also a significant downward trend in gun violence in a six-month span since 2016. Mayor Byron Brown welcomes the trend, but says he and police won't be complacent.

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The 2020 US Census is less than a year away and Buffalo is preparing by holding a local public awareness campaign. That includes a public hearing tomorrow at Waterfront Elementary at 5 p.m.

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The Broadway Market's Easter Shopping Season is now officially underway and the City of Buffalo is investing in some new amenities.


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Using the recent blizzard as an example of how the people of Buffalo came together, Mayor Byron Brown urged citizens to continue lifting each other up as he presented his 2019 State of the City address.

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Some much needed repairs are on the way for the Buffalo Fire Department's Edward M. Cotter. At 118-years-old - it's the oldest active fireboat in the world and it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A newly-renovated bridge complex in South Buffalo and the neighboring Bailey Peninsula Natural Habitat Park have been named in memory of late Erie County Sheriff Thomas Higgins.

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For years, Buffalo has been the number one city in the US for Labatt. With a new office and brew pub opening up soon downtown, local Labatt officials were able to convince their parent company North American Breweries to hold its National Sales Meeting in Buffalo this October.


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Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to investigate the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. Higgins says the authority is grossly mismanaged.


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Buffalo's Common Council has to have its amended version of Mayor Byron Brown's budget back on his desk Tuesday. Council President Darius Pridgen says it is likely to be noticeably different from the original.

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Buffalo Common Council members have been peering more closely at the numbers in Mayor Byron Brown's proposed 2018-19 budget. On Tuesday in City Hall, the public will have a chance to air their concerns.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s proposed 2018-19 budget includes the introduction of a new user fee that will be applied to events at prominent city-owned venues. While city lawmakers are only beginning to review the budget, they too are discussing how to cover the cost of maintaining and protecting public events while lessening the burden on city taxpayers.


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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is urging city residents to recognize Earth Day today.

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Black History Month ended with quite the fanfare at Buffalo’s City Hall Wednesday. Awards were handed out to community members for the annual City Hall Black History Month program. That includes an local 11-year-old CEO.

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While touting accomplishments by his administration that is now into a third term, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said he "has no illusions the next four years will be easy." Brown delivered his annual State of the City Address before an estimated 1,700 guests Thursday afternoon at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.


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For the thirteenth year, the City of Buffalo will be offering its Summer Youth Internship Program.

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