What you need to know about NYC's sidewalk snow-shoveling law

What you need to know about NYC's sidewalk snow-shoveling law

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Did you know that not cleaning the sidewalk or pavement after a snowfall could land you in jail? If you're a home or business owner, you need to know some rules. We got some legal questions answered from Judge Marilyn Milian of "The People's Court."

"The City of New York has an ordinance that makes owners and occupants responsible for cleaning up the sidewalk in front of their establishments and their homes," she said.

And that's not the only thing you need to know after it snows.

"In the case of a snowfall you have four hours after the snow falls to have it cleaned up," Milian said. "The time period between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. doesn't count."

But what if the snow freezes before you can remove it? The law in New York City says you should use salt, sand or any other agent that helps melt the ice and snow.

Not even the mayor is exempt from this rule.

"As I said I was shoveling my house and as any homeowner would tell you, you shovel your walk and you look at your street and it's normal that people would like to see their street as clear as possible," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

If you fail to follow the law you can be fined up to $150 or face up to 10 days in jail. Business owners can face steeper penalties on up to several hundred dollars.

"Really that's the way to make it safest for all of us, is if everybody does their part for their piece in front of them," Milian said.

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