B-Roll, Video, Audio, Photos and Quick Transcript: Governor Hochul Announces Applications Open for Comprehensive East Buffalo Resident Support Programs

Earlier in the day, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that applications are open for comprehensive programs to support residents of East Buffalo as part of the state’s historic $50 million targeted investments. The Governor announced that applications WILL be available MONDAY for the second round of the $4 million East Side Commercial Districts program, which creates an expanded program of building renovations in four investment areas: Jefferson Avenue Commercial District , MLK Park Business District, Broadway Fillmore and Kensington Bailey – to improve the business climate, combat commercial vacancy and contribute to the overall revitalization of the corridors. Additionally, Governor Hochul announced that applications for the $20 million Buffalo East Homeowners Relief Fund, the $10 million Buffalo East Home Improvement Program and the Buffalo East’s initial payment aid of $4.5 million will open on Tuesday, August 9. Beginning Wednesday, August 3, residents can call 211 to learn more about our housing programs and small business grants and how to apply.

B-ROLL of the event is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) here.

VIDEO of the event is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) here.

SOUND of the event is available here.

PICTURES of the event will be available on the Governor’s Flickr page.

A quick transcript of the Governor’s remarks is available below:

Hello friends. And what a beautiful celebration of this extraordinarily strong community. First of all, Reverend AR Bernard, you may not have understood this, but he came from Brooklyn, New York, to be here today to show the statewide love for this community. Also, you heard from Bishop Darius Pridgen, who was the person who helped lead us, lead the flock through the valley of darkness for a while. But we are coming out of this valley. I can feel it. And to all of our elected leaders, our amazing mayor, who showed leadership as this city cried out for a leader. You were there, Mayor Brown. We will never forget it.

Senator Tim Kennedy, we were all together for the first few hours after that shooting. We got together. Ulysses Wingo was there. But to also have the power of the President of the United States, President Joe Biden came here. Vice President Kamala Harris came here. They introduced themselves and today we have a representative from the White House, Dr. Que English, who represents the federal government in our house, and I thank you for that.

And it’s all happening in our schools, my friends. We have a great new superintendent. Superintendent Williams will lead our children to an excellent education. And all of our clergy, I’m so humbled to be here and I’m going to just give you a couple of points, but it’s all about money, so you’re going to have to be careful.

This is how we are going to put money in your pocket. First, I have to tell you what this means to me, personally. They say home is where the heart is. My heart and my home are in Buffalo. So what happened that day is etched in my heart forever. And what he did, in the depths of anger and pain, I went back to Albany and said, “Never again should an 18-year-old be able to get his hands on an assault weapon. AR-15 for the battlefield. Never again.”

And our legislature, Crystal Peoples Stokes, Senator Tim Kennedy, passed that. We also said, “Strengthen the red flag laws. What does that mean? People leave messages on social media basically saying they’re gonna do what they did and why don’t we find out first? So we are now looking at social media, we are strengthening our laws, we are holding our local police departments accountable. This will not happen again if we continue to support the laws we have in place and look for other ways to protect society. But I came here a month later and said, ‘We need money to rebuild this community and we need it now.

So we put over $50 million on the table in June and said, “This is for the owners. It’s for small businesses. This is for people behind in their rent and utilities. build you back stronger.” So starting August 9 at the Merriweather Library from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., we’ll have people there to help you ask for money. If you’re a homeowner, you need some repairs , you’re behind on your rent; you come there that day and we’ll help you figure out what to do and how to access that money.

And we’re just getting started. We were already making investments long before that tragic day in May. We are also investing in changing the landscape of this community.

Businesses, the Jefferson Avenue Corridor, we’re going to bring it back to be one of Buffalo’s hotspots. Again, people will come here to celebrate our rebirth. So I’m delighted to be here. Thank you, Reverend Bernard, for providing the backpacks here today and to all of you clergy in our violence disruption organization. We are stronger together and that’s why I love Buffalo, New York.

Let’s go, everyone.

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