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Q:
I slipped and fell over snow and ice on the sidewalk in front of a private building. Who is responsible to keep the sidewalk clear of snow and ice in New York City?

A:
Pursuant to Administrative Code §7-210, New York's City Council transferred the liability for failing to clear snow and ice from the public sidewalks from the City of New York onto the owners of the property immediately next to that area of sidewalk, and the owner's responsibility to maintain the sidewalk is a non-delegable duty. That being said, there are instances where other parties can be held liable as well, such as snow-removal contractors that were hired by the property owner.
Jonathan Cooper
Non-Compete, Trade Secret and School Negligence Lawyer