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New Proposal Considered for Snow
and Ice Removal from Pedestrian Bridges 

New York City Councilman David Greenfield’s proposed law to establish a clear plan for the removal of snow and ice from pedestrian bridges was introduced at the February 4th City Council meeting and last month it was discussed at the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management. Thus far the proposed legislation has support from nineteen Council Members representing neighborhoods across the city.

Greenfield’s proposed legislation would require that the Office of Emergency Management include pedestrian bridges in its annual snow removal plan. This would mean including in the snow removal plan three items: 1) information about the exact location of the more than one hundred pedestrian bridges throughout the five boroughs, 2) a plan for the removal of snow and ice from such bridges, and 3) information about which agency is responsible for clearing and maintaining such bridges. This legislation will help ensure that these crossings are properly plowed, and will make it clear to elected officials and the public which agency should be held accountable. One of the problems discovered at the hearing is that as many as three different agencies may be responsible for clearing a pedestrian overpass. Because of this, it often happens that no single agency takes responsibility and does the job.

“After hearing complaints from local residents, schools, and senior centers about hazardous conditions at many pedestrian bridges during winter months, I am proud that this bill was heard in the Sanitation Committee. Pedestrian bridges and overpasses are usually unplowed, creating dangerous conditions. This bill will result in safer conditions for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers,” said Councilman Greenfield.

Greenfield is a staunch advocate for common sense legislation that improves quality of life. He has worked closely with the Sanitation Department to improve snow removal efforts throughout Borough Park, Midwood, and Bensonhurst. Greenfield funded the purchase of two Haulster snow removal trucks that are specifically earmarked for use by the neighborhood sanitation garage. This will ensure that local crews have the necessary equipment to effectively respond to ice and snow storms.

Senator Golden Criticizes Arbitrator’s Draft Decision in Contract Negotiations with NYC’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association   

State Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the Chair of New York State Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee and a former New York City Police Officer, issuedthe following statement strongly criticizing the draft decision by arbitrator Howard Edelman regarding the pending contract for New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association:

“It is regrettable that New Yorkers have been witness to the loss of four police officers in less than one year. In answering the call to serve, countless men and women in blue put their lives at risk each and every day, and for that, we can never pay them enough.

“The draft plan for a 1% increase over two years is insulting, and well below the rate of inflation in our region. If approved, this contract undoubtedly will fail to recognize the true sacrifice of our police officers, and along with a number of reforms, this will further damage the morale of those who protect us.

“This draft contract is a major setback for law enforcement in our City, hurting those currently on the job, while at the same time deterring folks to join and serve the NYPD. There is no justifiable reason that this contract should be so disproportionate from the contracts that have been enacted for the other uniformed service unions.”

Islamic State Video that References Times Square Reaffirms that NYC is Top Terrorist Target

The NYPD says it is aware of the emergence of a video from the Islamic State that references Times Square. CNN reported that a new video from the Islamic State warns of an impending attack on New York.

In a statement, the NYPD says “there is no current specific threat to the city at this time.”

The NYPD says in the statement that the video “reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target.”

The statement goes on to say that the NYPD will continue to work with the FBI and other organizations in an effort to keep the city safe.

Mayor Bill de Blasio also issued the following statement:

“Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated. The NYPD is the most capable police force in the country, with a robust counter-terrorism operation that was just strengthened with an investment of 500 additional officers.

“While Times Square and Herald Square appear in the video, the NYPD in conjunction with all of our partners are taking all necessary security precautions in these areas and areas across the City. New Yorkers won’t live in fear, and people should continue to go to work, live their lives, and enjoy the greatest city in the world.”