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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > April 2013 > Mayor Brown Unveils New Sidewalk Sweepers

Mayor Brown Unveils New Sidewalk Sweepers

Contact: Lorey Schultz
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The city’s two new green machines, purchased at a combined cost of $74,936, enable crews to clean congested sidewalks, parking lots or business districts beyond the reach of larger more traditional street sweepers

April 8, 2013 – Spinning around the Jefferson Avenue business district, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown took the city’s two new sidewalk sweepers on a test-drive today, demonstrating their ability to pick up gum wrappers, cigarette butts and any other debris in their path. The City of Buffalo purchased the units for $37,468 a piece, $74,936 total.

“With major progress underway in Buffalo, including over $1.7 billion in completed, under construction or in progress economic development projects, I want to continue my administration’s strong effort to improve the cleanliness of our city,” said Mayor Brown.  “The new sidewalk sweepers are a great addition to our overall cleaning operation.  They are more than just machinery.  The sweepers symbolize the city’s continued commitment and pride in a clean Buffalo.”

The new sweepers will assist residents and property owners to help keep our city clean. The sweepers, made by the Tennant Company of Minneapolis, are highly visible in color and feature an extended wand to reach tight places.  In addition to sidewalks in the business districts, the sweepers will also be used along Buffalo riverwalks.
 “I’m committed to making Buffalo one of the cleanest city’s in America,” said Mayor Brown.  “These new green machines build on our continued commitment to creating a clean and inviting destination for residents and guests who visit Buffalo every year.”

Since 2006, Mayor Brown has implemented and expanded a number of citywide clean-up programs, including the Save Our Streets Task Force ‘Clean Sweeps’ which addressed quality of life issues on 5,400 properties in 2012 as a result of 27 ‘Clean Sweeps’, the most ever conducted in a single season.  Mayor Brown’s Anti-Graffiti Clean City Program brought 3,000 volunteers together in 2012 for graffiti removals.  Crews doubled the number of graffiti removals last year to 1,977 removals.  Since 2006, over 4,574 blighted, vacant buildings have been demolished as part of Mayor Brown’s accelerated, comprehensive demolition program.