Buffalo has new tool in war against graffiti

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s basically a $1,200 power washer, but it sure can wash paint off of buildings and bridges.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown tried out the new tool Friday afternoon to wash off some graffiti from a bridge abutment that faces the River walk along Niagara Street in the city’s Black Rock neighborhood.

Brown says the City might buy some more of them because  this year the Mayor’s Impact Team has already washed away or painted over 1,300 acts of graffiti, at a cost of about $100,000. “There is a cost to graffiti, not only a cost in making our neighborhoods unsightly, but the actual cost that it takes the city to remove it, for private business to remove it, and those moneys could go into much more valuable things for our community.”

Brown says the Impact Team is out every day looking for graffiti, but if residents want to report graffiti, they can call Buffalo’s Call and Resolution Center by simply dialing 311.

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