Bill S6956-2013

Requires the New York city department of sanitation to remove any snow or ice accumulation in front of any fire hydrants

Amends the provision requiring owners, lessees or tenants to remove any obstructions in front of fire hydrants to require the New York city department of sanitation to remove any snow or ice accumulation in front of any such fire hydrants.

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  • Apr 7, 2014: REFERRED TO CITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S6956

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of sanitation to remove any snow or ice accumulation in front of fire hydrants

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of this bill is to require the New York city department of sanitation to remove any snow or ice accumulation in front of any fire hydrants.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends section 15-205 of the administrative code of the city of New York law by requiring the department of sanitation to clear snow and ice accumulation in front of fire hydrants.

Section two sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

During the winter of 2013-2014, the city of New York experienced an unusually active snow season with numerous storms and record breaking amount of snowfalls, presenting unprecedented challenges as a result. Among these challenges, snow covered fire hydrants presented a major public safety concern.

Sanitation plow trucks that clear snow on the city streets often deposit snow onto the curbside and sidewalk, resulting in an accumulation of snow on and around the fire hydrants. For firefighters responding to emergencies where time is of the essence, snow and ice covered fire hydrants can present an extremely hazardous obstacle.

Currently, section 15-205 of the New York city administrative code requires property owners, lessees or tenants to clear snow or ice from the fire hydrant in front of their property. However, locating and clearing snow covered fire hydrants can be an extremely difficult and costly task for some individuals and potentially hazardous for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Any snow and ice covered fire hydrant severely limits firefighters' ability to put out a fire and presents a major threat to public safety, a risk that we cannot afford to take. This legislation would address such safety concerns by shifting the responsibility for clearing snow and ice accumulation in front of fire hydrants to the department of sanitation, which can utilize equipment and manpower to effectively remove the snow and ice from city owned fire hydrants.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Yet to be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6956 IN SENATE April 7, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of sanitation to remove any snow or ice accumulation in front of fire hydrants THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 15-205 of the administrative code of the city of New York, as amended by local law number 66 of the city of New York for the year 1991, is amended to read as follows: S 15-205 Obstruction of fire hydrants. It shall be unlawful in any manner to obstruct the use of any fire hydrant, or to allow any snow or ice to be thrown or piled upon or around the same, or to place, or allow to be placed, any material or thing in front thereof, from the curb line to the center of the street and to within ten feet from either side thereof. All snow and ice accumulating in the street, within such space, shall be removed by the [owner, lessee, or tenant of the premises front- ing such space] DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION. All material or things found obstructing any fire hydrant may be forthwith removed by the officers or employees of the department[, at the risk, cost and expense, of the owner or claimant] OF SANITATION. The provision of this section requir- ing that no thing shall be placed within ten feet from either side of a fire hydrant shall not apply to any newsstand which was first licensed by the department of consumer affairs prior to the first day of August, nineteen hundred seventy-nine where the person who held the license for such newsstand on the first day of August, nineteen hundred ninety-one continues to be the licensee for such newsstand; provided, however, that where a newsstand which was first licensed prior to the first day of August, nineteen hundred seventy-nine is reconstructed in its entirety or in substantial part, which reconstruction was commenced on or after the first day of August, nineteen hundred ninety-one, such newsstand shall be subject to such requirement that no thing be placed within ten feet from either side of a fire hydrant. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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