2008-02-15 / Community

Keep Your Sidewalk Passable

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith reminds New Yorkers of the need to keep their sidewalks passable for pedestrians during the remainder of the snowy season.

"A significant snowfall is always possible in February, which is why I'd like to remind New Yorkers to not put away their shovels or snow blowers just yet," Senator Smith said. "When snow accumulates on our streets and highways, Sanitation deploys about 2,000 plows to remove snow from the City's more than 6,000 street curb miles - an impressive feat," he added.

Smith noted that the men and women of Sanitation work round the clock to keep streets and highways passable. However, it's up to City residents to keep their sidewalks safe for pedestrians.

By law, sidewalk safety measures include: clearing the snow and/or ice from your sidewalk within four hours after the snow has stopped falling, or by 11 a.m. if snow stopped falling after 9 p.m. the night before; if snow becomes frozen and too hard to remove, you may spread unused cat litter, salt, sand, sawdust or other suitable materials within the same time limit; when clearing the sidewalk, keep in mind you must not throw snow into the street. In addition, you should never cover fire hydrants with snow, which could interfere with fire-fighting; and sidewalks must be thoroughly cleaned as soon as weather permits. Failure to comply with the law may result in fines ranging from $100 to $350. For more information on snow removal, call 311 or visit the Department of Sanitation's website at www.nyc.gov.

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