Snow emergency regulations take effect in Albany

March 15, 2017 11:48 PM

ALBANY - “OMG, LOL, OS,” said Albany resident John Stasio.

That is what Stasio thought when he saw his car buried underneath the snow Tuesday’s winter storm left behind.

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He was not alone.

“I've lived in Albany for 9 years and many snow storms and I've never seen it as buried on both sides of the car,” said Fred, who lives across the street from Stasio on Chestnut Street.

Digging out of the snow is hard enough but many Albany residents found themselves trying to hurry up and do it before the city's snow emergency rules took effect Wednesday night.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other city officials spent much of the day Wednesday using social media and other ways to spread the word.

“So at 8 o'clock tonight you need to be on the even side of the street,” Sheehan said. “At 8 o'clock tomorrow night you need to be on the odd,” the Mayor said.

Residents who do not follow the rules risk getting their vehicles ticketed or towed away.

In areas like Chestnut Street that rely mostly on street parking, those rules could be difficult to follow.

“Everybody who lives down here will have to park on one side of the street,” Fred said.

“Four apartments, four tenants, one tax bill,” Stasio said. “How's that? Where are the cars going to go? Put them on the roof?” he said.

Sheehan said this is the only way to clear the snow off the streets.

She also said the city is working to accommodate residents.

“We clear out a number of lots for people to park in in the event of a snow emergency,” Sheehan said. And those lots are listed on our media advisory. They're also listed on our website,” she said.

“My other shovel, the weight of the snow was kind of heavy so the other one kind of cracked on me,” said Albany resident, Dan Reifle.

Reifle did not let that stop him from making sure his car was not towed away.

However, he does not think the snow emergency is the best solution in a congested neighborhood like downtown Albany after such a heavy snowfall.

“I think it is on a normal snowfall emergency,” Reifle said. “But this is a bit much so I don't think it's as efficient for this one,” he said.

All information regarding Albany's snow emergency can be found on the city's website


Nia Hamm

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