John Idzinski claims he shoveled his sidewalk on 69th Street first thing when he got home from his day job at the United States Postal Service in Forest Hills Friday afternoon, however there was a $100 ticket from the city waiting for him early Sunday morning.
“I had a huge path in front of my house so a lot of people could have fit through there,” Idzinski said, describing his frustration at what he considers an unfair fine. “I’m a big community person, I’m loyal to the church at St. Stan’s, so for this to happen is just not right.”
According to the rules and regulations set forth by the Department of Sanitation, “every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person” with a lot or building is required to remove ice or snow from the sidewalk within four hours from the time the last snowflake falls, or by 11 a.m. if the storm wraps up after 9 p.m. the previous evening.
“The official end date and time for precipitation in this storm is Friday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m.,” according to a DSNY representative.
While that would allow until around 3 p.m. to shovel pedestrian sidewalks, residents like Idzinski unfortunately worked in the snow until well after the grace period.
“This is some way to start off the New Year,” Idzinski said, claiming he cleared the path just after 4:30 p.m. when he got home from work. “My friend even came over the next day with a tractor to help uncover my car during the Ranger game after Sanitation plowed me in.”
There was a ticket on his door early Sunday morning, and according to one resident in the neighborhood, at least three other homes on her block also received $100 fines.
Idzinski added that in the 21 years in the neighborhood, this was his first offense for leaving snow on his sidewalk.
“I am a shoveler and I will not pay this ticket,” he said, adding that he plans to file for an appeal as soon as his summons is entered in the system. “A couple neighbors who were belligerent and had a ton of ice didn’t get one.”
In response to their stress over the fines, the representative from DSNY said,“If the residents feel they have received the summons erroneously, they can go before the Environmental Control Board where the summons can be adjudicated.”