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Homeowners responsible for shoveling

February 2, 2011 3:22:37 PM PST
If there is one thing that New Yorkers can agree on, it is how much they dread shoveling mountains of snow during the winter season. Although it is something that many do not enjoy, the job must get done. Homeowners across the city have been doing their best to keep the sidewalks clear and safe.Some have pictured themselves in different shoes like homeowner Mary Jane Lech who says, "You don't want someone to fall and I don't want to fall by someone's house."

She has nailed down a system of chopping the ice and shoveling the chips. Even though she is exhausted, the work is too important to ignore. Doctor Michael Margiloff, a dentist in Forrest Hills, agrees that snow and ice covering the sidewalks is a danger to public safety. He took the time out of his day to shovel and eliminate any potential accidents outside of his dental office.

Mary Jane and Dr. Margiloff have more than enough reasons to get the job done.

New York City's administrative code names the property owner as responsible for maintaining the sidewalk abutting the property and liable for any injury caused by the failure to maintain that sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition.

As snow continues to fall across New York City, supers, homeowners, dentists, and everyone else will need to put in the time and elbow grease to keep the sidewalks under control.


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