BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport leaders are defending the city's anti-blight program following some strong criticism from residents on Saturday.

News 12 spoke with residents who say the program isn’t working because there are too many eyesores in plain sight.

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Chris Rosario, director of Bridgeport's Anti-Blight Program, says that while there is still work to do, the city has made progress.

He says one example is a property under renovation on Center Street that was destroyed by a fire more than two years ago.

City officials say other municipalities across New England have started copying the program.