Few Snow Removal Tickets After '10 Blizzard

By Michelle Kim
|  Friday, Mar 18, 2011  |  Updated 10:08 AM EDT
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Amid the flood of complaints that arose from the post-Christmas blizzard last December, there was one kind that was noticeably absent: getting ticketed for failing to remove snow.

New York City requires property owners to clear sidewalks within four hours after the end of a snowfall.

After a 2-foot blizzard blanketed the city last December, "hundreds of thousands of dollars" could have been generated in fines from those in violation of the snow-removal law, according to the New York Times.

No tickets were issued the week of the blizzard; and the 4,734 tickets that were issued were written mainly Jan. 12 - 16, nearly weeks after the blizzard ended. 

A spokesman for the Sanitation Department told the Times it delayed enforcement of the snow removal law because it was focused first on clearing the snow. Officials also recognized the difficulty for many in clearing the sidewalks quickly.

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