Bill Text: NY A04410 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Requires municipalities to maintain sidewalks abutting streets.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-04 - referred to local governments [A04410 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A04410-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 4, 2019
        Introduced  by M. of A. DenDEKKER, BARNWELL -- read once and referred to
          the Committee on Local Governments
        AN ACT to amend the town law, the  second  class  cities  law,  and  the
          general  municipal  law,  in relation to the maintenance of sidewalks;
          and to repeal sections 16-123 and 19-152 of the administrative code of
          the city of New York relating thereto
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1. Subdivision 4 of section 130 of the town law is amended to
     2  read as follows:
     3    4. Sidewalks. Regulating the manner  of  construction,  reconstruction
     4  and  repair  of  sidewalks, the materials to be used, the grades and the
     5  widths thereof  and  prohibiting  any  construction,  reconstruction  or
     6  repair which does not comply with such regulations[; requiring the owner
     7  and  occupant  of  premises  abutting on any street where a sidewalk has
     8  been laid, to keep the sidewalk in front  of  such  premises,  free  and
     9  clear from snow, ice, dirt and other obstructions and upon default ther-
    10  eof provide for the removal thereof at the expense of the owners of such
    11  premises  and  that  such  charge  shall become a lien upon the premises
    12  benefited thereby, until paid].
    13    § 2. Section 92 of the second class cities law is amended to  read  as
    14  follows:
    15    § 92. Repair  of  sidewalks; removal of snow and ice. The commissioner
    16  of public works shall have full power  and  authority  to  [require  the
    17  owner  of  property  abutting  upon a street to] repair any sidewalk [in
    18  front thereof] abutting upon a street or bring the same to  true  grade,
    19  and to remove the snow and ice therefrom. [Where the owner of such prop-
    20  erty  shall  fail or neglect to repair any sidewalk or bring the same to
    21  true grade for five days after written notice so to do has  been  served
    22  on him, either personally or by delivering the same at his residence, or
    23  if  he  be  a  non-resident by mailing the same to him at his last known

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  place of residence, or if the name of the owner or his  place  of  resi-
     2  dence can not be ascertained after due diligence, by posting the same in
     3  a  conspicuous  place  upon the premises; or where the owner of any such
     4  premises  shall  fail  or  neglect  to remove snow and ice from any such
     5  sidewalk after the same has remained thereon for more than twelve hours,
     6  and the commissioner shall have repaired such sidewalk  or  brought  the
     7  same  to  grade  or  removed  the  ice or snow therefrom, a bill for the
     8  expenses incurred thereby shall be presented to the owner personally  or
     9  by  leaving  the  same  at his residence or, if he be a non-resident, by
    10  mailing the same to him at his last known place of residence, or, if the
    11  name of such owner or his place of  residence  can  not  be  ascertained
    12  after  due  diligence, by posting the same in a conspicuous place on the
    13  premises; and, if he shall fail to pay the same within ten  days  there-
    14  after,  the  commissioner shall file each year immediately preceding the
    15  time for making the annual assessment-roll his certificate of the actual
    16  cost of the work, together with a statement as to the property in  front
    17  of  which the repairing or grading or cleaning was done, with the asses-
    18  sors of the city, who shall, in the preparation of the next  assessment-
    19  roll  of  general city taxes, assess such amount upon such property, and
    20  the same shall be levied, corrected, enforced and collected in the  same
    21  manner, by the same proceedings, at the same time, under the same penal-
    22  ties  and having the same lien upon the property assessed as the general
    23  city tax and as a part thereof.]
    24    § 3. Section 16-123 of the administrative code of the city of New York
    25  is REPEALED.
    26    § 4. Section 19-152 of the administrative code of the city of New York
    27  is REPEALED.
    28    § 5. The general municipal law is amended by adding a new section 96-c
    29  to read as follows:
    30    § 96-c. Maintenance of sidewalks. The governing board of  any  county,
    31  city,  town  or  village shall regulate the construction, maintenance or
    32  use of sidewalks abutting streets  within  the  county,  city,  town  or
    33  village;  provided, however, that no county, city, town or village shall
    34  require the owners of property abutting such streets  to  maintain  such
    35  sidewalks.
    36    § 6. This act shall take effect immediately.