Felder: Please Shovel Your Sidewalks


felderWith the advent of the snow season, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is reminding people to exercise caution to prevent potential tragedies.

“My office has been inundated with calls, especially from elderly and frail constituents, who cannot maneuver safely on the still icy sidewalks,” said Senator Felder. “Some senior citizens have already fallen on the ice and broken their hips, wrists, or ankles. It’s important for all property owners to be considerate of their neighbors and salt or shovel the sidewalk in a timely manner. The next person who falls could, G-d forbid, be you or your loved one.”

Felder also warned that costly fines can be imposed for failing to remove the snow or ice in front of a residence or business.

“New York City law states that whether you’re the owner, tenant, or occupant of a property, the snow and/or ice must be cleared from your sidewalk within four hours after the snow has stopped falling, or by 11 A.M. if the snow stopped falling after 9 P.M. the night before. Failure to do so may result in the issuing of summonses and fines ranging from $100-$350.”

As the temperatures continue to drop, many low-income families and individuals in need of assistance with their high heating bills have already contacted Senator Felder’s office to apply for HEAP or HeartShare. To find out if you are eligible for these programs, please call Senator Felder’s office at 718-253-2015 or e-mail felder@nysenate.gov.

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  1. If my landlord, who lives in the same dwelling, is too lazy to shovel in front of the house, am I michuyav to shovel it for him? If I just leave it, I feel that bits a Chillul Hashem. If I do shovel it, can I deduct the cost it would of cost had he actually hired someone, from my rent?

  2. There is a saying that if you don’t touch the snow and someone chas vesholom falls,the homeowner is not liable but if you shoveled and someone chas ve shalom falls,you are liable because you touched the snow. I would like clarification if this is true. Thank you