NYLPI and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer remind property owners of their snow removal obligationsDecember 20, 2019
“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.
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