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.

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.

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

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