senate Bill S6956

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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Apr 07, 2014 referred to cities

S6956 - Bill Details

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A9957
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Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง15-205, NYC Ad Cd

S6956 - Bill Texts

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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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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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6956

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14635-01-4

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