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Officials conduct code enforcement program one block at a time

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The code enforcement program is underway as city officials work to clean up Kingston's neighborhoods. YNN's Michael Howard reports.

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- On Thursday, inspectors and members of the Kingston Fire Department walked along Downs Street in search of properties in violation of city codes.

“We're working with the Building Safety Department and I have two engine companies here” says Kingston Deputy Fire Chief Donald Allen. “We've split up walking each side of the street looking at each property.”

It is all part of the ongoing code enforcement program spearheaded by former Mayor James Sottile. Mayor Shayne Gallo is continuing the program. He said tough economic times have made it difficult on some residents, but the city is working together to make it right.

“We are ready,” said Gallo. "Willing and able to enforce the code but also cooperate with those who aren't in compliance.”

On Thursday, officials were busy scanning the streets in search of violations, including tall grass, chipped paint, and unregistered vehicles.

One Kingston resident said she is pleased to see this initiative in action.

“I love the house, I love the street, I love Kingston and I’m really really glad to see everybody coming around and paying attention to how things look," said Anne Needham.

So far this year, numerous code violation notices have been issued throughout the city. According to officials, they have no plans to stop soon, and expect the inspections to continue on a weekly basis.

Aside from benefitting the residents, the initiative also benefits the city's fire department.

“They get out on the street,” said Allen. “They get to meet the neighbors, so when we do have a call they know where they're going and they know the folks.” ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP