Are there any laws that address the placement of snow onto the sidewalks after the town has cleared them?

The Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1219 which addresses putting glass or other injurious substances on highways, does not specifically include sidewalks.

Vehicle and Traffic Law 1219

Putting glass or other injurious substances on highway prohibited

(a) No person shall throw or deposit upon any highway any glass bottle, glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, snow or any other substance likely to injure any person, animal, or vehicle upon such highway.

(b) Any person who drops, or permits to be dropped or thrown, upon any highway any destructive or injurious material or any material which interferes with the safe use of the highway shall immediately remove the same or cause it to be removed.

(c) Any person removing a wrecked or damaged vehicle from a highway shall remove any glass or other injurious substance dropped upon the highway from such vehicle.

It is recommended to address this issue that the town board adopts a local law prohibiting the dumping of snow and ice onto sidewalks maintained by the town.

Resources

New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, Article 33, Section 1219, “Putting glass or other injurious substances on highway prohibited”

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