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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2011 Archives > April 2011 > Mayor Brown Kicks Off 2011 Neighborhood Improvement Program

Mayor Brown Kicks Off 2011 Neighborhood Improvement Program

Contact: Mike DeGeorge
             (716) 341-9522


Save Our Streets Task Force Continues to Clean Up Neighborhoods


Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the beginning of the 2011 Clean Sweep initiative. The Save Our Streets Task Force plans to conduct 23 clean sweeps throughout the City of Buffalo in 2011.

 “The Clean Sweep program continues to be successful by improving neighborhoods and quality of life issues throughout the city,” said Mayor Brown. “We’ve made it a priority to address blight and quality of life issues in each City Council district at least twice during each series of sweeps. I look forward to beginning another year of Clean Sweeps for the benefit of our residents and their neighborhoods.”

Highlights of the 2010 Clean Sweeps include: the removal of over 207 tons of debris, 873 vacant lots cleaned of debris and mowed, 125 abandoned houses boarded and 24 animals rescued.

 “The Task Force aims to empower residents in our community by ridding residential properties of blight, drug activity and other neighborhood issues,” said Oswaldo Mestre, Director of Citizen Services. “I am proud of the collaboration between so many community partners and commend the efforts of the Clean Sweeps participants. We are all extremely dedicated to this cause.”

The Clean Sweep program this year will include the use of Crime Density Analysis data to supplement other sweep selection criteria.

Criteria include:

  • Code Violations
  • Overgrown Vacant Lots
  • Block Club Complaints/Community Complaints
  • Police Department Intelligence
  • Dog Complaints
  • Rodent Complaints
  • Streets and Sanitation Complaints
  • Overgrown Shrubbery
  • Poverty Indicators/Low Employment Rates
  • Gang Activity
  • Rebuilding/Restoration & Preparation Projects
  • Illegal Dumping

“The Save Our Streets Task Force will continue to clean up neighborhoods this year by addressing several community issues,” said Nicole Drye, Save Our Streets Task Force Coordinator. “This program is important because of the profound impact the sweeps have on our entire city. We provide residents with the proper resources to make strides towards improvement from their current conditions.”

The Save Our Streets Clean Sweeps are made possible because of 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, 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 101 neighborhood clean sweeps since 2006.

Mayor Brown supplemented the program with components including: 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, and Youth and Substance Abuse Services.

The level of cooperation and collaboration, along with the dedication and commitment of all the Task Force participants resulted in a national honor when the program was named to American City & County® magazine’s list of the 2007 “America’s Crown Communities.”