2005-01-14 / Community

Winter Advisory From Sanitation Department

The NYC Department of Sanitation has released a series of reminders to keep New Yorkers prepared for the cold. “New York winters can be as difficult to predict as a winning lotto number,” said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty. “Whatever our expectations or predictions, year after year, Mother Nature seems to take pleasure in proving us wrong.”

Among the reminders for clearing sidewalks are:

1) If you are the owner, tenant, occu pant or the person in charge of any lot or building you must clear the snow and/or ice from your sidewalk within 4 hours after the snow has stopped falling or by 11 a.m. if the snow stopped falling after 9 p.m. the night before.

2) If the snow or ice become frozen and are too hard to remove, you should spread sand, sawdust or another similarly suitable deicer material within the same time limits.

3) As you clear your sidewalk, keep in mind not to throw snow into the street. You should never shovel the snow from your sidewalk or around your car back into the street. We’ll only have to plow it again. And remember not to cover fire hydrants with snow –this could interfere with firefighting efforts.

4) If you are unable to remove ice and snow from your sidewalk yourself, you should make arrangements to have someone else do it for you.

Failure to comply with the law may result in fines ranging from $100 to $350.

Additionally, the City will continue plowing to the right. “I think everybody understands that on two-lane streets we must plow to the right to avoid blocking the oncoming left lane with snow,” said Doherty. “On one-way streets, we must also plow to the right because accumulated snow on the left side would make left turns impossible.”

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