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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2012 Archives > October 2012 > Neighborhood Improvement Program Marks A 'Clean Sweep' Milestone

Neighborhood Improvement Program Marks A 'Clean Sweep' Milestone

Contact: Lorey Schultz
               (716) 851-5545


Save Our Streets Task Force conducted 26 neighborhood cleanups in 2012

October 17, 2012 - Today marked another milestone for the City of Buffalo’s Clean Sweep Initiative.  Mayor Byron Brown announced that the Save Our Streets Task Force conducted 26 ‘sweeps’ throughout the City of Buffalo in 2012, the most ever in a single season.  Two ‘mini-sweeps’ were also conducted.

 “The Clean Sweep program continues to be successful by improving neighborhoods and quality of life issues throughout the city,” said Mayor Brown. “We made it a priority to address blight and quality of life issues in each City Council District during this season’s series of sweeps.  I want to thank the many community partners who continue to collaborate with the city on an initiative that makes our neighborhoods even stronger and safer.”

Highlights of the ‘sweeps’ held in 2012 will be updated later this week to include all 26, but here are some of the achievements reached during the first 25 clean ups.

  • Graffiti removals    132
  • Lots mowed    650
  • Houses boarded up    135
  • Tons of debris removed  118
  • Trees pruned    1068
  • Dumped tires removed  1568
  • Properties baited for rodents  3100
  • Youth employment applications 170
  • Employment counseling referrals 1,117
  • Weatherization referrals  344
  • Dental health kits distributed  2576
  • Food stamp referrals   166
  • Carbon monoxide detectors  127

The 2012 Save Our Streets Clean Sweeps were made possible because of a strong collaboration between City, County, State and Federal partners. The Save Our Streets Task Force is part of the Division of Citizen Services, and is comprised of various law enforcement and government agencies: the City of Buffalo’s Law Department, Buffalo Police Department, City of Buffalo Division of Real Estate, Buffalo Animal Shelter, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, NYS Attorney General’s Office, NYS Parole Division, US Marshal’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

The Clean Sweeps program began during the time of Mayor Brown’s predecessor, Mayor Anthony Masiello. Since taking office, Mayor Brown has expanded the scope and impact of the Save Our Streets Task Force, resulting in 151 neighborhood clean sweeps since 2006.

Mayor Brown supplemented the program with the help of a number of other organizations including: The Buffalo Employment and Training Center, NYS Health Insurance Enrollment, WNY Homeless Coalition, University at Buffalo Dental – Smile Team, Kaleida Health, Back to Basic Outreach Ministries, The Amanda Hansen Foundation, Near East West Side Task Force, Matt Urban Hope Center, Community Health Foundation, Center for Employment Opportunities.