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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > April 2013 > Mayor Brown Kicked Off The 2013 Clean Sweep Initiative

Mayor Brown Kicked Off The 2013 Clean Sweep Initiative

Contact: Lorey Schultz
               (716) 851-5545

The annual Neighborhood Improvement Program began the season in the City of Buffalo’s Masten District

April 17, 2013– Mayor Byron Brown today announced the start to the 2013 Clean Sweeps initiative. Over the next six months, the Save Our Streets Task Force plans to conduct 27 ‘Clean Sweeps’ to assist in the delivery of services throughout the City of Buffalo.

“I am proud of the collaboration between so many community partners and commend the efforts of the Clean Sweeps participants to improve the overall quality of life in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “We’ve made it a priority to address blight and quality of life issues in each City Council District at least once this season. I look forward to beginning another year of Clean Sweeps for the benefit of our residents and their neighborhoods.”

The season’s first ‘sweep’ took place Wednesday morning in the Masten District, where last year’s sweeps resulted in the removal of 31 tons of debris, 30 house board ups, 14 graffiti removals, 66 lots mowed and the distribution of 101 youth employment applications, 24 smoke detectors and 26 carbon monoxide detectors.  Overall, the 2012 Clean Sweep Initiative accounted for:

  • 132 Graffiti Removals
  • 656 Lots Mowed
  • 1595 Dumped Tires Removed
  • 3,467 Properties Baited for rodents
  • 344 Weatherization Referrals
  • 651 Referrals for Dental Services
  • 713 Debris Removals
  • 139 Houses Boarded

The Task Force is extremely excited to embark on another season  of  offering essential quality of life services to residents including: dental services, health insurance enrollment, homeless outreach, fire prevention education, disaster preparedness, mental health services, youth and senior programming information, employment and training referrals, tree trimming, boarding and demolishing vacant homes, removing debris and abandoned tires, filling potholes, cleaning sewer receivers, offering 311 information to assist in addressing neighborhood complaints.

The Save Our Streets Task Force is part of the Division of Citizen Services, and is comprised of various City, County, State, Federal, government, not for profit and private agencies tasked with the mission to fight the war of blight and crime. More than 100 participants, representing 25 agencies and law enforcement organizations, took part in today’s quality of life event.

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 152 neighborhood clean sweeps since 2006.