First Buffalo Police Exam in Five Years Set for June:  Residents Urged to Apply


The City of Buffalo Police Department is looking for qualified city residents to take the Buffalo Police exam on June 18, 2016.  At the same time, a police recruitment campaign will take place that’s designed to generate interest and educate potential recruits about the professional and personal benefits for choosing a career with the Buffalo Police Department and encourage them to register for and take the upcoming police enrollment exam. 

In the coming weeks the Buffalo Police Department will conduct an extensive outreach campaign and recruitment drive providing information about the benefits of becoming a Buffalo Police Officer. This public outreach component of the campaign provides an opportunity for local citizens to meet one-on-one with police officers, ask questions and learn how they can sign up to take the exam. The last exam was administered by the City in 2011. 

Deadline for exam registration is May 13, 2016. The exam will be given on June 18, 2016.

To qualify, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Must be between the ages of 19 and 35 on exam date

Must reside within the City of Buffalo at least ninety (90) days prior to the date of his or her application for examination

High School Diploma, GED or Equivalency Diploma

Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a BPD Police Officer and to register for the exam can visit, call 311 or contact The City of Buffalo Department of Human Resources/Civil Service Administration, 65 Niagara Square, 1001 City Hall, Buffalo, NY 14202 or call 716-851-9614 

The Buffalo Police Department offers excellent benefits to becoming an officer. Salaries range from $50,373 to $66,031


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Mayor Byron Brown and city-wide retailers gathered recently at The Golden Cup on Jefferson Avenue  to encourage people to shop local this holiday season and support small businesses in Buffalo on ‘Small Business Saturday’ and beyond .  Mayor Brown stated, “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and usually owned by people who have a vested interest in the community, in its schools, in the quality of life.  American Express (AmEx) coordinates the annual Small Business Saturday campaign nationwide, which is aimed at helping independent small businesses compete with big-box stores and chains on the Saturday in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. ” Small business owners from city-wide shopping districts pictured with Mayor Brown above include: Ahmed Saleh of Mandela Market; Nadin Yousef of Macramé by Nadin;Vincent Mastrantonio of Music City; Kenchata Carter of Salon Soar; Ethan Cox of Community Beer Works;  Ma Theint of Moon Lady Arts & Crafts ; Melissa Parish of Lovely Day Photo; Tyra Johnson of Blue Sky Design Supply; Thomas Heneghan of Tara Gift Shoppe; Tom McDonald of Dog Ears Bookstore & Café; Larry and Jackie Stitts of The Golden Cup; Duane Madyun of Ansar Cellular Communication & Fragrance; Merline Bell of Promises Beauty Salon; Kellie Klos & Tera McElligott of Clayton’s Toys

Law Firm Celebrates Grand  Re-Opening of Buffalo Office



One of our nation’s largest personal injury firms, Cellino & Barnes, is excited to announce a grand re-opening of its Grider Street office after a year-long renovation. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined Ross Cellino & Steve Barnes for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate this commitment to the city at the law firm’s newly renovated office at 451 Grider Street lastThursday. 

The renovation completely overhauled Cellino & Barnes’ previous office building at the location and added meeting spaces, work stations, and a brand-new second floor which includes additional offices.

“For 14 years you were a major investor early on before this neighborhood began to transition,” said Mayor Brown. “You have been a great partner in this neighborhood - you’ve been involved in the community - you have contributed to block clubs, to community associations and little league organizations and … on your own (made) the decision to completely rebuild the building - and as mayor of the City of Buffalo, we are very thankful for you as corporate citizens. As one of the largest and well-respected law firms in our community, you give a lot back to the community and I am very pleased to be here with you for the grand opening of this great building on Grider street right across from ECMC.”

“We hope to continue growing in the Buffalo area and this renovation is another demonstration of our dedication to Western New York families who are impacted by devastating injuries,” Cellino & Barnes co-founder Ross Cellino said. “We are proud to show that Western New York is a great area to live, work and invest.”

Cellino & Barnes chose the Western New York-based Lehigh Construction Group to overhaul the existing office building on Grider Street. For the past 25 years, Lehigh has helped develop Buffalo and the surrounding area with renovations and construction projects of all shapes and sizes.

“We believe in Buffalo and we believed in keeping the work local,” co-founder Steve Barnes said. “It’s been an honor to have helped thousands of hard-working families in Western New York and this beautiful, newly renovated office will allow us to continue our goal of assisting the Buffalo-Niagara region for years to come.”

Background on Cellino & Barnes:

Cellino & Barnes is one of the largest personal injury law firms in the country and has helped accident victims obtain over $1.5 billion in settlements and verdicts. 

With its roots in Buffalo, the firm also has offices in downtown Los Angeles and throughout the state of New York, including New York City, Long Island and Rochester.  

The team of attorneys at Cellino & Barnes focus on personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction and workplace accidents, product liability and more. For more information about Cellino & Barnes visit our website at

How To Obtain Assistance To Avoid Losing Your Property In Foreclosure  Sale!

You are strongly encouraged to retain an attorney, however if your income does not fall within the income guidelines of the following listed agencies or due to financial hardship and you cannot afford to retain a private attorney you still have the right to seek court intervention without an attorney to avoid foreclosure. Attorneys representing the City of Buffalo will be available to speak with you at the Erie County Courthouse on October 20, 21 & 22 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the following location: Erie Count Courthouse, 25 Delaware Avenue (between church and west eagle street) Part 27- Lower Level

The REM Foreclosure sale happens on the following dates: 

Tuesday October 27th, Wednesday October 28th and Thursday October 29th  at the Buffalo Convention Center , Convention Center Plaza , 153 Franklin Street.

Registration is at 7:30 A.M. and the Auction Starts at 9:30 A.M. 

The Following Tax Districts will be Auction on the Following Days. Please Note that These Tax Districts May Change Closer To Auction Date: 

*Tuesday Oct 27 Tax Districts 1,2,3,4,5 

*Wednesday October 28 Tax District 6,7,8,8,10

*Thursday October 29th Tax Districts11,12,13,14 

Please be aware that the Tax Districts listed for auction dates in this notice are subject to change closer to auction date. If you want to see the list in person you can go down to City Hallto The Department of Assessment & TaxationRoom 121 to get updated info.

If you cannot afford an attorney, you may qualify for legal assistance through one of the agencies listed below


237 Main Street (corner Main & Seneca), Room 1602

Telephone: 853-9555- Ext. 453 (Dorothy Adams)

Walk-Ins are Welcome, Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

Property must be Owner-Occupied; Owner must meet income guidelines



237 Main Street (corner Main & Seneca) Room 1015

Telephone: 853-3087 (Extension 220)

Properly must be Owner-Occupied; Owner must be 60 or Older


237 Main Street (corner Main & Seneca), Room 1000

Telephone: 847-0662

Must meet income guidelines



Income Guidelines Apply

Rath County Office Building, 95 Franklin Street, 1st Floor

For Information call 858-6265

New Police Academy Scholarship

New Police Academy Scholarship Program Designed to Revolutionize Community-Based Policing in Buffalo

Mayor Brown and Police Commissioner Derenda unveiled ‘Buffalo Police Department:  21st Century’ (BPD21) during a press conference at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Mayor Brown and Police Commissioner Derenda unveiled ‘Buffalo Police Department:  21st Century’ (BPD21) during a press conference at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

This week Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Dan Derenda unveiled the  “Buffalo Police Department:  21st Century” (BPD21C).  BPD21C is an innovative, first of its kind in the nation, police pre-employment scholarship program designed to provide scholarship opportunities for city residents who want to pursue a career in law enforcement.  Up to 50 successful City of Buffalo residents may receive full scholarships to the Erie County-Erie Community College Central Police Services Law Enforcement Training Academy for the spring semester, beginning on January 18, 2016. The goal, explained Mayor Brown and Commissioner Derenda, is to make the department more reflective of minorities, women and immigrants.


To apply for a BPD21C scholarship, City of Buffalo residents must complete and submit applications to the City’s Department of Human Resources by NOVEMBER 13, 2015.  There are NO FEES for application or participation in this program. Complete application packets will be available at City Hall, at each District Police Station, at recruiting events throughout the City, and via the City’s website ( by downloading and printing an application, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Human Resources Department. The WRITTEN ASSESSMENT will be administered on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015.

Qualifications for applicants include:

•City of Buffalo residency requirement / proof of U.S. Citizenship

•Valid and clean driver’s license

•Age requirement: applicants must be at least 19 years old on or before the date of the written assessment screening

*Applicants who will be 35 years old on or before june 18, 2016 are not qualified to particiate

•Criminal background check 

*Education (high school diploma / ged / equivalency) for more information, call the civil service office at:  851-9614

Mayor Brown and Commissioner Derenda were  joined by Erie Community College President Jack Quinn, members of the Buffalo Common Council,  local and state legislators, members of the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York and other interfaith-based community leaders, Peacemakers, Buffalo Office of New Americans, Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Buffalo Employment and Training Center, National Federation for Just Communities, community-policing advocates and many other stakeholders, who were gathered at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where Rev. William  Gillison is Pastor.