New initiatives to spruce up vacant and run-down properties are planned in Monroe County.

Friday, a county task force announced a new state proposal that would allow towns and villages to take legal action against owners of blighted properties.

The group also unveiled its first-ever neighborhood spruce up event. It will take place a week from Friday around Garson Avenue.

Donors have provided $25,000 to repair windows, paint fences and do landscape work.

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