Some lag in enforcement of icy sidewalk law - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Some lag in enforcement of icy sidewalk law

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Department of Sanitation workers on Friday used bulldozers and shovels to clear away leftover snow and ice.

New York City law requires private store owners and homeowners do the same for their properties. They must clear snow and ice off sidewalks in front of their buildings four hours after a storm has stopped. Friday's storm was declared over at 9 a.m. By 1 p.m. Store owners were eligible for a summons.

At a clothing store on the Upper East Side, most of the sidewalk had been icy for much of the week. On Friday the corporate manager hired a work crew to clear away the ice.

A dry cleaner and a barber on 50th Street and 1st Avenue shoveled icy slush off the sidewalk in front of their stores all the way to the bus top.

Up the block in front of a town house, a hired maintenance worker was busy trying to salt away the ice.

New York City's 311 operators say the Sanitation Department is not accepting icy sidewalk complaints until Friday night to allow owners time to clear off their sidewalks.

Another reason no summons were given is because supervisors, who normally give out the tickets, are busy supervising snow removal. The city cut back on sanitation supervisors during the Bloomberg administration, so there aren't enough supervisors to give out tickets. The Sanitation Department does not deny this but says it has been taking complaints from 311 since 1 p.m.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Giant whale pulled out of Jersey City harbor

    Giant whale pulled out of Jersey City harbor

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:49:54 GMT
    A whale that was found dead earlier this week in New York harbor has been transported to the Caven Point Marine Terminal in Jersey City.
    A whale that was found dead earlier this week in New York harbor has been transported to the Caven Point Marine Terminal in Jersey City.   The United States Army Corps of Engineers successfully extracted the 60 ton giant from the water around 8:00  a.m. on Wednesday. 
  • Search for arsonist targeting Brooklyn churches

    Search for arsonist targeting Brooklyn churches

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:09:23 GMT
    The hunt is on for the person who has set fires at three churches in three days in Brooklyn during Holy Week. Police say the first fire was started at 2:45 a.m. Saturday at The Greater New Beginnings Church in East Flatbush. They say newspapers were lit inside the doorway of the church.
    The hunt is on for the person who has set fires at three churches in three days in Brooklyn during Holy Week. Police say the first fire was started at 2:45 a.m. Saturday at The Greater New Beginnings Church in East Flatbush. They say newspapers were lit inside the doorway of the church.
  • Robert De Niro says Tribeca Film Festival is his passion

    Robert De Niro says Tribeca Film Festival is his passion

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-04-16 12:01:20 GMT
    Robert De Niro is a family man, a filmmaker, an entrepreneur and one of my favorite actors of all time. He's also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, which has more to see than ever before. De Niro wears just as many hats on screen as he does in real life. The father of six starred in six films last year, owns four restaurants and a hotel, and still finds time each spring for the Tribeca Film Festival, Lower Manhattan's annual cinematic showcase.
    Robert De Niro is a family man, a filmmaker, an entrepreneur and one of my favorite actors of all time. He's also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, which has more to see than ever before. De Niro wears just as many hats on screen as he does in real life. The father of six starred in six films last year, owns four restaurants and a hotel, and still finds time each spring for the Tribeca Film Festival, Lower Manhattan's annual cinematic showcase.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices