Snow emergency FAQ


The fullscreen button on the far right will make it easier to read.

With the return of typical winter, there's been the return of snow emergencies in Albany, which always seem to prompt some questions if there hasn't been one in a while.

So this short brochure from the city -- embedded above -- might be helpful. It's like an FAQ for snow emergencies, with info about off-street parking, garbage pickup, and snow shoveling. You can download it from the embed or directly from the city website if you'd like to print it out for save on your phone.

By the way: A good way to get word about snow emergencies to is sign up for the Albany Police Department's Nixle alerts.

Comments

"All sidewalks adjacent to your property must be cleaned within 24 hours of the completion of the storm. If this is not done, the property will be posted and cleaned, and the owner will receive a fine and a bill for the service performed."

If this was actually true, the City of Albany would have a surplus of money unlike any city in the history of all the cities in the world have ever seen.


Is there a volunteer group of any kind that clears sidewalks, crosswalks, and bus stops after storms for people who can't do it themselves or places that don't have anyone to look after it? I'd be interested and willing to pitch in, provided I'm not giving anyone a free ride on their civic duty.

@Sam

SeeClickFix actually has a standalone companion site it powers to help assist folks with shoveling (see link below) called "SnowCrew." Essentially, folks can request help and others in the community can volunteer to shovel in order to close the "requestors" ticket. I think this is an excellent way for neighbors/citizens to get involved, not only to help the elderly, but their city, which may be more focused on plowing streets than clearing sidewalks. I've poked around on this the past two seasons and haven't see any requests for help (then again, the past winter or two have been fairly tame)

I think the biggest stumbling block here is publicizing this application, especially to communities who would most likely need it (but often may be computer illiterate). Neighborhood associations would probably be a good start and would most likely know who legitimately needs the help vs. those looking for a free ride.

https://snowcrew.org/

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

An end for plastic shopping bags in New York?

Paper or... reusable? On Monday the Cuomo admin floated a bill that would ban many kinds of plastic shopping bags starting at the beginning of... (more)

The Albany All Stars Roller Derby opens its home season this weekend

The Albany All Stars Roller Derby 2018 season opens this Saturday, April 28. The All Stars will be back at the Albany Capital Center to... (more)

An insurance broker for car insurance?

J asks: Can you recommend a good local insurance broker for auto insurance? To go along with J's question, we're curious about people's thoughts or... (more)

Janet Jackson at SPAC

The Janet Jackson is set to play a show at SPAC July 26. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 27 -- they're $29.95 and... (more)

Morning Blend

Albany homicide Albany police say a 38-year-old man died after being shot multiple times near Clinton Street and Second Ave in the South End (map)... (more)

Recent Comments

... This will make Albany into a place that many of us don't want to live in and came here to get away from: Big buildings, heavy traffic, congestion, noise, and parking shortages are really not what we or what people seeking to raise families and considering moving to our area want. Building big and tall will change Albany from a family friendly city to a metropolitan city and only increase the gap between the have's and have not's. ...

An insurance broker for car insurance?

...has 4 comments, most recently from Jeannette Sheehy

Janet Jackson at SPAC

...has 1 comment, most recently from Tim

Morning Blend for Apr 23

...has 1 comment, most recently from Bob

Approval for another big apartment project, Warehouse District reuse, Pine Hills demos, and more exciting tales of the Albany planning board

...has 3 comments, most recently from -R.

A look around the new Cafe Madison

...has 3 comments, most recently from BethAM