Saturday, March 7, 2015
An interesting idea for snow problem
As New Yorkers begin to dig out from the latest snowstorm—property owners beware.
The Sanitation Department issued more than 10,000 tickets this winter to homeowners who failed to clear snow and ice from sidewalks.
“It’s frustrating because really it’s all about making money,” said Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn.
Greenfield proposed a measure in the city council that would increase the fine for delinquent property owners, using that revenue to pay for city workers to clear sidewalks.
Under the plan, the city would hire more seasonal employees to do the job and stick property owners with a bill of $250 or more dependent on the size of the property.
“Some people have gotten 33 tickets in recent years, how does it help you if you’re a neighbor to know that your neighbor got 33 tickets, but you’re still slipping and falling on their ice,” Greenfield said.