Some Fillmore District residents announced today they are planning a "blitz" on dilapidated properties and criminal offenses in their neighborhood.
Members of the newly formed Fillmore Housing and Safety Squad met on Lombard Street.
They were joined by Buffalo city housing inspectors, police officers and Erie County health officials, who will assist the squad's efforts to crack down on slum properties, crime and quality-of-life offenses throughout the district.
One of the squad's first targets is a two-block area of Lombard Street, where more than 20 residential properties have been cited for housing code violations, according to Andrew Golebiowski, organizer of the squad and a candidate for Fillmore Common Council member.
"This initiative follows the success we had in Fillmore with the Deli Task Force," said Golebiowski, referring to a crackdown on delicatessens believed to participate in questionable business practices, such as selling food stamps for cash.
"We tackled the problem of corner delis in the community, and are now taking the offensive against rowdyism on residential streets," he said.