Home and property owners in New York City must clear their sidewalks of snow and ice ahead of a pending crackdown by the city Department of Sanitation, warn Councilman David Greenfield and State Sen. Simcha Felder.
In a joint statement, the two Democratic lawmakers representing Boro Park and Midwood said that the city will be issuing violations in the coming days to property owners who have yet to clear their sidewalk from last week’s snow and ice.
Owners are required to clear their sidewalks within four hours when the snow ends between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. At other times, the sidewalk must be cleared by 11 a.m. Fines are $100 to $150 for the first offense, $150 to $350 for a second offense, and $250 to $350 for subsequent offenses.
Greenfield said that he personally witnessed several people slipping on the icy sidewalks.
“Not only is it the law, but we have a responsibility to clear our sidewalks in order to help keep pedestrians safe,” Greenfield said. “This is especially important in a community like ours with many children, families and elderly citizens who count on being able to safely walk around.”
“My office has been inundated with calls,” Felder said, “especially from elderly and frail constituents, who cannot maneuver safely on the icy sidewalks.”