NYLPI and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer remind property owners of their snow removal obligations

December 20, 2019

Disability Justice, News, Press Release

Snow plow at work

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and NYLPI (a member of the BP’s Accessibility Taskforce) sent a joint letter on snow removal obligations to the Real Estate Board of New York, the Rent Stabilization Association, the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, NAIOP NYC Chapter, and the NYC BID Association to be passed along to their member property owners.

“As we enter another winter, it’s important to remind property owners of their snow removal obligations. Sidewalks that have not been cleared present serious safety risks to people with mobility impairments, seniors, and those with small children, among others,” said Christopher Schuyler, Senior Staff Attorney with NYLPI’s Disability Justice Program.

The Borough President added:

“A sidewalk covered in ice and snow is an accident waiting to happen, especially for seniors and people with disabilities,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Property owners have an obligation to remove snow in front and around their buildings. It’s not just a law, its human decency.”

By law, property owners are expected to clear snow and ice off of sidewalks to create a four-foot-wide path for pedestrians. Failure to comply will lead to fines, with the fine for the initial summons up to $150, and for every summons thereafter, between $150 and $350.

See link for the Borough President’s coverage and here for the letter sent to property owners.

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