Brown Provides Coronavirus Update

Police, fire getting additional training

WBEN Newsroom
March 18, 2020 - 7:01 pm

    Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Mayor Byron Brown says the city of Buffalo is working to ensure public safety, prioritize the health and welfare of residents and visitors, and reduce circles of exposure to COVID-19 in our community.

    Mayor Brown stated, “I know this is a difficult and trying situation. Our resolve is truly being tested. But we are going to continue to get through by leaning on one another. We are lucky to have such a tight-knit and close community, it is why we are known around the world as the City of Good Neighbors.”

    Brown says all major telecommunication companies have pledge to the Federal Government that they will NOT disconnect service for the next 60 days due to the lack of payment. This includes Spectrum, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and more. The city's garbage and recycling collection continue on their regularly scheduled days in Buffalo.

    In addition:

    Buffalo Police personnel are undergoing training by the Fire Department on how to further protect themselves from infection while continuing to serve our community;

    Buffalo Police Traffic Officers, Resource Officers and members of the Neighborhood Engagement Team continue to assist Buffalo Public Schools in its massive effort to provide meals to the thousands of children in every neighborhood in Buffalo who relied on school meals for their nutritional needs;

    Students 18 or younger can receive a hot meal and a breakfast meal to take home each day; Pickup is between 11 am and 1 pm daily and you must bring a bag to carry out meals. For more information call 816-3688;

    Food trucks will be in Niagara Square weekdays, starting at 11:30 am, to meet the lunch needs for downtown workers

    Brown says all renewals of licenses set to expire while City Hall is closed will automatically continue to be in effect so long as the applicant is in good standing until further notice.

    The mayor adds help is now available for those laid off from their jobs as a result of the Coronavirus situation or are currently out of work. The Buffalo Employment and Training Center is an excellent resource for those looking for employment or other forms of assistance. You can make an appointment to speak to an employment counselor by calling 856-JOBS.


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