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Some businesses in Albany not complying with snow removal on sidewalks

Emily De Vito
Updated: January 22, 2020 11:15 PM
Created: January 22, 2020 10:50 PM

ALBANY – Wednesday marked three days since it snowed last weekend in the Capital Region. However, some businesses in the City of Albany still have not cleaned up from the snow.

On Central Avenue the sidewalk was covered in snow outside a car dealership.

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"They got about 10 million dollars’ worth of cars on the lot but they don't feel the need to shovel the sidewalk in front of their own property,” said Albany resident Billy Stanley. “We all pay taxes here we all live here."

One man on Central Avenue walked on the busy roadway to avoid the parts of the sidewalk covered in snow. Some walkers said they just deal with it, but that’s not something everyone can do.

"It just seems like it's probably terrible for older people and people that got strollers,” said Albany resident Bernard Bohl.

According to the City of Albany code it’s the responsibility of all property owners' and /or residents to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. If your sidewalk is not in compliance within 24 hours of the last snowfall, the Department of General Services may clear the sidewalk of snow and ice, and the property owner will be issued a bill for the cost of removal, and possibly charged a fine.

The Department of General Services said over the past few years it is finding fewer people are complying with these rules and are not taking personal responsibility for their sidewalks. DGS said they have a big city to look after and to keep on top of everybody is a lot. They are urging people to do their part.

If people in the city do have a concern over snow and ice removal in their neighborhood and want to report it, the can call DGS at 518-434-2489. They ask you give an exact address and cross streets of the location.


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