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CASINO MONEY KEEPING 'GRIME FIGHTERS' GOING

Mayor Vincenzo V. Anello's team of "grime fighters," who pick up trash and cut grass in blighted areas of the city, are still going strong, more than twice as long as planned.

"What historically has been a 10- to 12-week program is continuing into its seventh month as a direct result of revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino," Anello said Friday.

The city has received an additional $30,000 in casino money toward the Clean Neighborhood Team, allowing two six-member crews to keep working the streets.

"We intend to keep the Clean Team intact as long as weather permits and funding is available," said City Administrator Daniel Bristol.

The team has cleaned up 196 abandoned parcels of land throughout the city, resulting in more than $88,000 in fines to litterers and other city code violators.

Equipment paid for with the casino money includes two landscape trailers and a walk-behind brush hog, said crew chief John Soro.

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