SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Every winter, NewsChannel 9’s Your Stories line is inundated with complaints about plow scams and private operators dumping snow where it doesn’t belong. That’s why the City of Syracuse is cracking down, teaming up with police to ticket unlicensed operators and reminding them of the ordinance rules.
The city says contractors are forbidden from pushing snow into the street, gutters or onto sidewalks. They must also display a decal showing the year and license number and maintain complete records of their customers.
The ordinance also includes a provision for fines or revocation of licenses if the rules aren’t followed.
“This is part of our attempt to really enforce the ordinances that are on the books and really prioritize safety. That is ultimately what this is about. Safety for pedestrians so that sidewalks are not blocked by snow, it’s safety for vehicles so that there isn’t snow in the middle of the road, which could be hazardous for drivers,” said Corey Driscoll Dunham, Chief Operating Officer of the City of Syracuse.
The city says it’s important for homeowners to ask their snow plow contractor whether they’re licensed to operate in the city. You can also check with the Department of Finance, which has a full list.
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