City urges property owners to clear snow from walkways

BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) – If you finding it hard to walk around the City of Buffalo with all the snow you are not alone. Officials from the City of Buffalo are asking people to make an effort to clear sidewalks so everyone stays safe.

People walking around North Buffalo say they’ve noticed the sidewalks are full of snow all over the city.

Justin Orr likes to run long distance outside in the winter. He says Kenmore Avenue is so bad that he’s forced to run in the street.

Buffalo city code states it’s up to property owners to shovel their walkways before 9 a.m. the day after a storm. If they do not, the property owner is subject to a fine.

Steve Stepniak, Buffalo City Public Works Commissioner, says shoveling snow into the middle of the street is not permitted. He also says this year has been tougher because of the long stretches of cold combined with all the snow.

“Because some of the bigger storms that we’ve had and these colder temperatures that linger, it tends to get some hard packed-in areas that aren’t shoveled quickly enough,” Stepniak said. “So, what we would expect to get the property owner to get those cleared as fast as possible.”

If you see a sidewalk not taken care of or you think someone needs help with their side walk, you can call the city at 311 to report the problem. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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