June 7 - Mayor Byron W. Brown and University District Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt today announced the official start of the 2017 Clean Sweep initiative. Over the next six months, the Save Our Streets Task Force plans to conduct over 30 ‘Clean Sweeps’ to assist in the delivery of services throughout the City of Buffalo.
“I am proud of the continued collaboration between so many community partners and commend the efforts of Clean Sweep 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 official Clean Sweep kick off occurred in the University District, where a number of city services were performed including the removal of debris and graffiti, house board ups, lawn mowing and the distribution of reading rules applications, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Throughout the 2017 Clean Sweep season, the task force will offer 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 over 260 neighborhood clean sweeps since 2006.