Councilman wants city to shovel property owners’ icy sidewalks

It’s become apparent to even New Yorkers who have lived here for decades that we’ve been suffering through one of the harshest winters in recent memory. Incessant cold and copious amounts of snow have made this winter one to remember — or one to forget, depending on your viewpoint.

As a result, ordinary sidewalks around the city have become treacherous. It’s the duty of property owners to make sure that their sidewalks are clear, and for some, that has been tough this weekend. However, unusually brutal conditions aren’t enough to excuse people from making sure this is done. If someone slips and falls on an icy sidewalk that has been ignored by its supposed caretaker, a premises liability issue could arise.

For a free legal consultation, call (646) 692-0204

In order to keep city residents safe, one councilman is proposing that New York City workers take care of sidewalks that haven’t been shoveled in a timely manner — and then bill the responsible property owners to the tune of $250 for their trouble. He says that, as it stands now, property owners might be fined for failing to keep their walkways clear, but the fine does not necessarily compel them to address the underlying problem.

Under the plan, the city would hire seasonal workers to do the shoveling. The councilman says the $250 fines issued to the homeowners would cover the cost of these temporary employees. As it stands now, the fine handed down to tardy property owners is just $100.

Even if the plan goes into effect, people still may be injured in a slip-and-fall accident on another person’s property. Experienced personal injury attorneys can offer advice when this happens.

Source: New York Daily News, “Shovel shuffle: Proposed NYC law would charge lazy homeowners for clearing snow,” Erin Durkin, Feb. 19, 2014

Call or text (646) 692-0204 or complete a Free Case Evaluation form

Related Posts
  • When a New York Slip and Fall Injury Is Partly Your Own Fault Read More
  • Even YOU Could Slip and Fall: Navigating the Slippery Slope of a Slip and Fall Case Read More
  • Winter Walking & Injury Prevention: Tips to Avoid Slip & Fall Injuries Read More
  • Proven Record of Success
    Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP has been advocating for the rights of the injured since 1986. We have the tools, resources, knowledge, and commitment to get you the best possible outcome.
  • Providing Answers & Solutions
    Our team is committed to always being able to provide you with updates on your case and answers to your questions. This is your case and we want to be sure you are confident every step of the way.
  • Small Firm Dedication & Focus
    Our firm is different from most firms in our area in that we are a “boutique” type firm that is small enough to give personal attention to our clients and yet experienced and powerful with a reputation as a hard-hitting litigation firm.
  • Innovative Legal Strategies
    Each client that comes to our team gets a managing partner and trial partner dedicated to their case. We put our collective 100 years of experience behind your case to obtain the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Let Our Team Handle Your Case with Confidence

Contact Our Team Today
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy