BUFFALO, NY - Some city residents think now is the time for the city of Buffalo to be progressive and start plowing sidewalks, not just the streets.
An on-line petition refers to Rochester, NY, where the city plows sidewalks. According to the petition, "we request that the City of Buffalo do the same. We ask that the appropriate departments of the City of Buffalo consult with the City of Rochester, and the departments of similar cities, that are responsible for the snow removal from sidewalks."
2 On Your Side reached out to the Mayor of Buffalo's spokesman Michael DeGeorge. He told us "the city looked into the Rochester program and it would likely result in higher taxes. The Mayor has pledged not to raise taxes. It's the responsibility of residents to shovel their sidewalks. The city has partnerships in place with organizations to help shovel sidewalks in cases of severe weather."
Rochester's provision for residents does come at a cost of about $32 as the average homestead charge.
In Rochester, the snow is removed by private contractors from sidewalks when new snowfall exceeds three inches. It is financed by an embellishment fee on property tax bills.