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Make the most of wintertime do-over

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After the weekend thaw and with a few inches of fresh snow in today’s forecast, residents of Schenectady and other urban areas with sidewalks will be given another chance to get winter right. A good number of them flunked the first test, leaving snow on their sidewalks after two late-December storms blanketed the region with more than a foot. Anything that wasn’t cleared away within a day or two of the Dec. 29 storm was ...

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January 16, 2013
8:25 p.m.

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This is also an economic growth issue. People will be reluctant to walk to the store or from store to store if businesses and residences do not uphold the law. Some people will withhold purchases from local stores or opt to drive to a mall or the suburbs to make purchases of goods or services.

Secondly, this might be a good instance to develop a crowd sourced enforcement procedure. Develop a smart phone application that will photograph, geocode, time stamp, and map -over a property tax map- sidewalks that are obstructed by snow and ice. People using this application can photograph specified shots, one from each end of the property owner's sidewalk, for example, and then submit the information to the government which will then evaluate and enforce the law.

DG: How many tickets were written last year for failure to clear snow from sidewalks- residences and businesses? How many were written in the past few weeks?