- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A lawmaker in one of the snowiest cities in the U.S. wants property owners to face a $100 fine if they don’t shovel their sidewalks within a day of a storm.

Syracuse Common Council member Bob Dougherty tells local media outlets that it drives him “nuts” when he sees children forced to walk in the street because sidewalks are still covered in snow.

He says he plans to introduce legislation creating a $100 fine for any property owner who fails to shovel sidewalks within 24 hours of a snow storm.

Syracuse already has an ordinance that requires property owners to clear their sidewalks of snow, but there’s no statutory penalty for those who don’t comply.

Dougherty says his proposal will likely raise concerns over elderly and disabled homeowners who have difficulty shoveling sidewalks.

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