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A video released by the group Resign Now Byron Brown is promoting a petition for city residents to call for the resignation of Buffalo’s four-term mayor.

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Mayor Byron Brown, on Monday, made his first comments about WBFO photos that show Buffalo police officers covering their name tags with tape while guarding the mayor’s Hamlin Park home.


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Members of the Buffalo Police Department covered their name tags while guarding Mayor Byron Brown’s house Wednesday evening, a dubious practice seen across the U.S. during the recent police brutality protests.

 

 


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Their demands were visible in the signs they carried, as protesters marched and drove from Buffalo's Niagara Square, through the Elmwood Village, and eventually to the Hamlin Park home of Mayor Byron Brown Wednesday. As protesters gathered, the mayor was escorted by police to an awaiting vehicle, which left the scene. The event was loud, but peaceful.


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A group of protesters occupying Niagara Square was met by Buffalo police officers as they marched from downtown Buffalo to Mayor Byron Brown’s residence Wednesday evening. 


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Wednesday marks the first day of Phase One of the City of Buffalo's Reform Agenda, including a change in police policy regarding arrests for low-level offenses. While this will cover many cases, Mayor Byron Brown indicated during the announced rollout that there will still be occasions when suspects will still be handcuffed and taken into custody.

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Some of the steps toward police and racial equity reform, announced by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown earlier this month, take effect on Wednesday.

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It's a policy New York City's mayor announced last week will be implemented in that city, the creation of a police discipline database. In Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown was asked if he would consider a similar database.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said there are significant changes coming to the Buffalo Police Department, although he would not elaborate during a large gathering in MLK Park Sunday.

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A video of Buffalo Police Department officers pushing an elderly white protester has been viewed more than 80 million times on Twitter. Mayor Byron Brown appeared on MSNBC. A CNN crew was at Niagara Square. 

 

The city of Buffalo has been thrust into the national spotlight of the police brutality protests, after WBFO captured video Thursday of two officers shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground outside City Hall, where he bled from his head.

 

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is promising to listen to proposals for changes in city policing, while attacking those who vandalized and looted Saturday and Monday night.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has issued a citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Tuesday through Sunday to help curb the possibility of violent incidents stemming from civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. 

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz briefed reporters late Sunday night on what had transpired in the prior 36 hours of violence, vandalism and looting spun off from a protest about the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, while Erie County District Attorney John Flynn promised justice in prosecutions.

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The future of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo is apparently bleak. It is not clear whether a hotel will reopen in the building attached to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center when the coronavirus pandemic breaks.

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Fifteen local and national social justice groups, under the Fair Fines and Fees Coalition moniker, on Monday submitted a letter to the office of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, detailing concerns they have with the city’s budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020-2021.


The Brown administration will likely be watching closely as Congress debates a proposed aid package that would send $375 billion to boost local governments that are struggling with the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal would send $1 billion to Buffalo. Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post expects the Republican-controlled Senate to reject the plan. Kelly reports the city budget faces a massive shortfall without the funding. 


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Mayor Byron Brown, during a Monday afternoon briefing in downtown Buffalo, echoed the comments of Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier in the day about when and how local economies may reopen and emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. But he also hinted that when the City of Buffalo gets the green light to resume business as usual, many of the work-from-home tasks going on now may still continue.

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Even in the societal lockdown of the COVID-19 crisis, government must go on. For the City of Buffalo, that includes filling those annual potholes across the city.

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Faced with the revenue ripple effects of the COVID-19 crisis, the City of Buffalo is looking at spending cuts with little time. The city fiscal year ends June 30 and revenues are down by millions.

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Buffalo police officers and firefighters are returning to work after both departments were hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Erie Basin Marina and Ralph C. Wilson Junior Centennial Park are already closed and utility crews are standing by in anticipation of today's windy weather. A High Wind Warning will be in effect today as gusts are expected to reach nearly 60 miles per hour.

COVID-19 is continuing to hit Buffalo's first responders hard, but the city's mayor says the public will not see any disruptions to the safety services they rely on.

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Speaking Monday afternoon, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown stated that in travels throughout the city, he has pesonally observed people who continue to congregate in violation of the social distancing urged by health experts - and ordered be elected officials - amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The coronavirus battle has opened up lots of free parking in the City of Buffalo. With people heeding warnings about the contagion, police are getting fewer calls. 


Buffalo parking commissioner Kevin Helfer says the city's new school zone cameras are already showing significant improvement in reducing speeding.

Mayor Byron Brown said there are still no confirmed cases of the virus in Buffalo or Western New York and the city currently plans to continue holding large public gatherings, such as this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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Cars will be returning to another section of Main Street, under a financial deal between Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and developer Doug Jemal.

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The remaining Shoreline Apartments have been an eyesore in downtown Buffalo the last few years, but the vacant complex will soon come down to make way for new housing. 

 

The Section VI Football Federation announced Monday it will delay a recent decision to return to league play—a move that would have left Buffalo teams without a league to play in.


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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined law enforcement, leadership from Buffalo Public Schools, and other community leadership to announce a meeting with anti-gun violence organization Cities United about the success the city has had in curbing gun related crimes.

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