Councilman David Greenfield proposes law changes for safer sidewalks during wintry conditions

The proposal comes in the middle of one of the worst winters on record. (2/19/14)

BROOKLYN - Councilman David Greenfield is proposing some changes in the city's laws to make sidewalks safer during icy and wintry weather.

Under the current laws, property owners receive a fine starting at $100 if they don't clear their sidewalks within four hours of the end of a storm. Greenfield's proposal suggests that city workers will clear the sidewalk if it is not cleared, and property owners be billed a minimum of $250 for the work.

Greenfield says the change would have a better chance of ensuring that the hazard is fixed, since he says even with the $100 fine many property owners still do not clear the sidewalks.

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Councilman Greenfield says the proposal is being drafted and he hopes to introduce it before next winter.

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