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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > July 2015 > Quality Of Life Issues

Quality Of Life Issues

The city continues its year-round efforts to eradicate graffiti and deter taggers

July 31, 2015 – Standing in front of a 100-foot long wall that had been covered with graffiti, Mayor Byron Brown gave an update on this year’s graffiti removal efforts. Joined by North District Council Member Joseph Golombek, Department of Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak, the city’s Anti-Graffiti and Clean City Program Coordinator Wilmer Olivencia and members of the Mayor’s Impact Team, Mayor Brown announced that the city remains committed to removing graffiti and keeping Buffalo beautiful.

“As Buffalo becomes a more bike-friendly and walkable city, we are proactively addressing quality of life issues, including graffiti removal,” said Mayor Brown standing on one of the city’s more popular waterfront trails. “Maintaining the beauty of our neighborhoods, bike paths and waterfront is important as our city continues to grow.”

Through the end of July, more than 1,300 graffiti removals have taken place in 2015. A recently purchased power washer will aide in the removal of graffiti located in areas where there is no readily available water source. On average, the city spends more than $100,000 removing this unsightly vandalism from buildings, stop signs, street signs, bridges and overpasses.

Graffiti removal is actively addressed during ‘clean sweeps’, visual surveys and daily routes assigned to the Anti-Graffiti Unit. If city residents have issues or concerns regarding graffiti, they can call 311.