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Mayor Brown's to-do list from his State of the City

Mayor Byron Brown outlined several items on his to-do agenda for 2017. Among them are:

  •  A property tax freeze will continue for another year.
  • New police substations will be created at Canalside and in the Broadway Market area on the East Side.
  • Demolition and construction work will begin next month on the $50 million Northland Corridor project to bring training and light-manufacturing jobs to the East Side.
    Also, the city will bring a new computer coding training school to the Northland campus.
  • A new Jefferson Health and Wellness Center will be the latest project for the Jefferson Avenue commercial area, which Brown previously said would be the focus of an urban revitalization plan.
  • A new affordable housing development is planned for the Highland Park area, near the former Central Park Plaza.
  • The city is working with one of the 43North business competition winners to create a free mobile app aimed at making summer job opportunities more accessible, Brown said.
  •  Say Yes education initiative will get another $1 million, bringing the city's contribution to $2.3 million.
  • Mayor's summer youth employment program will be expanded. Details on the increase were not immediately available.
  • Renovation will occur on 62 residential properties the city acquired from absentee landlords in a recent foreclosure sale. The city will partner with the Center for Opportunity to repair and maintain the properties. City residents will be hired to work with skilled laborers to learn the job. A related program will assist city residents interested in purchasing the homes.
  • A new mixed-income project will be developed near Jefferson and East Utica.
  • A block club competition will be created to encourage higher recycling rates. The current rate is now 27.4 percent. The city's goal is 34 percent.
  • City's Clean Sweeps program will be expanded to add "Super Sweeps" – working with homeowners to identify neighborhoods that need street paving and sidewalk repair.
  • CitiStat program will be updated to CitiStat 2.0, bringing outside experts in to discuss citywide issues with Buffalo's department heads.
  • A "Bigs in Blue" program will start, with Buffalo police serving as Big Brother or Big Sister to a child. The programs kicks off with students from Hamlin Park Elementary School.
  • Open Data Buffalo, a free, online portal providing access to data from some city departments, will be launched this summer.
  • Speaker's Bureau will be  created through the Office of New Americans to engage Buffalo's foreign-born newcomers and equip them to serve on city boards and to be advocates for their communities.
  • Additional investment will be made in Wiley Sports pavilion.
  • Partnerships will be formed with Journey's End Refugee Services, Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo and the New York State Office for New Americans to help more immigrants attain U.S. citizenship.
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