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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > April 2014 > Mayor Brown Kicked Off The 2014 Clean Sweep Initiative

Mayor Brown Kicked Off The 2014 Clean Sweep Initiative

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

April 16, 2014 – Mayor Byron Brown and members of the City of Buffalo’s Division of Citizen Services Save Our Streets Task Force today descended upon the city’s University District neighborhood, cutting grass, picking up debris and clearing vacant lots during the first day of an annual neighborhood cleanup campaign, called ‘Clean Sweeps’. Over the next six months, Mayor Brown and the Save Our Streets Task Force plan to conduct approximately 28 ‘Clean Sweeps’, weather permitting, to address blight and quality of life issues in each City Council District.


“Keeping Buffalo’s neighborhoods clean is a top priority of mine, as well as our residents,” said Mayor Brown.  “Once again, we are bringing all hands on deck to make sure our neighborhoods are clean as we head into the warmer months.  I am proud of the collaboration between so many community partners and commend the efforts of our Clean Sweeps participants to improve the overall quality of life in Buffalo. I look forward to ensuring that our neighborhoods continue to shine this season.”


Overall, the 2013 Clean Sweep Initiative accounted for:

  • 3,428 Properties Baited for Rodents
  • 1,516 Dental Health Kits Distributed
  • 1,326 Dumped Tires Removed
  • 1,278 Trees Trimmed
  • 799 Senior Discount Cards Given
  • 431 Lots Mowed
  • 404 Potholes Filled
  • 328 First Aid Kits Provided


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 180 neighborhood clean sweeps since 2006.