Troy residents get help digging out

March 08, 2018 11:46 PM

TROY - The Capital District Democratic Socialists of America Troy Branch had volunteers clearing out spots that the city and landlords may have missed.

"Landlords should shovel their sidewalks and the city should enforce the law that's on the books that would be a good start," Troy branch chair, Matthew Sekellick said.

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Troy city code states that sidewalks, parking lots and public streets should be clean of snow and ice by 10:00 am the following day after a storm. Failure to comply could result in a $75 fine.

"Cities like Rochester shovel out their entire city and they get a lot more snow and have a lot more sidewalks than a city like Troy does," Sekellick added.

Sekellick says he understands the city doesn't have enough resources, especially when the region faced a second nor'easter in less than a week, so he and his fellow members have taken it upon themselves to do something about it.

"As you can tell it's not getting done and there are a number of residents in this particular neighborhood who have mobility issues," Adam Pelletier said. 

WNYT reached out to Mayor Patrick Madden and he applauds the group for lending a hand to their neighbors, saying: 

“The City is committed to ensuring our community remains open and accessible for residents of all ages and abilities through effective enforcement that deliver results for Troy families. The public serves as our community’s eyes and ears, and we encourage them to contact the City regarding important issues in their neighborhood.”

"The DPW crews are always extremely busy after a snowstorm," Anasha Cummings said.

Troy city council member Cummings joined the socialist squad, shovel in hand helping to clear bus stops and sidewalk corners. 

"When there's neighbors that need to help each other that's a thing we need to come out and support as a city," Cummings added.

"Hopefully, this is not something we're doing in 30 or 40 years but in the meantime we are able to do this," Pelletier said

If you need to report a sidewalk that has not been shoveled you can call (518) 279-7180 or (518) 270-4404.


Karen Tararache

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