Tips for getting through the storm safely.
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Dear Friend,

As you are probably aware, New York City could be facing up to two feet of snow. A blizzard warning for New York City is in effect from 1pm today through Wednesday at 12 a.m. According to the New York Times, we can expect heavy snow starting tonight through Tuesday afternoon, and winds of 20-30 miles per hour.

I hope you will take caution, be prepared and limit travel. If possible, you should leave work early today and take public transportation home. 

Please report any concerns, problems or plowing issues to 311 by phone or online then please immediately follow up with my office so we can assist you by phone at 212-860-1950, email, or social media (twitter @benkallos, Facebook /benkallos)

Safe Travel:

Alternate side parking will be suspended on Monday, Jan. 26, and Tuesday, Jan. 27 to facilitate snow removal.  Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the City.  If you can avoid travel, please do so--especially driving. You may feel safe driving, but if your vehicle gets stuck, that may block snow plows for everyone. Please check the MTA  site for updates, as some routes will be changed or stopped beginning this evening. Please dress warmly and exercise caution. 


Schools are open today, but all after school activities are canceled. Schools will likely be closed tomorrow. Check for an official announcement at

Snow Plows and Salting:

You can track snow plows and salting online at PlowNYC.  If your avenue or street hasn't been plowed please notify 311 and immediately notify my office so we can make sure the city is responsive.

Sidewalk Shoveling:

Whether you're the owner, tenant, occupant or the person in charge of any lot or building, you must clear the snow and ice from your sidewalk within four hours after the snow has stopped falling, or by 11 a.m. if the snow stopped falling after 9 p.m. the night before. If the snow becomes frozen and too hard to remove, you may spread clean, unused cat litter, salt, sand, sawdust or another similarly suitable material within the same time limits. If you are elderly or otherwise unable to clear your area, please contact my office so we can try to assist you in finding the solution.

Garbage Collection:

Garbage and recycling collections will be delayed and violations will not be issued while there are service delays.

Bus Shelters:
If your bus shelter hasn't been shoveled and your bus has become inaccessible please notify 311 and immediately notify my office so we can work quickly to rectify the problem.

Temporary Jobs:
Want to help get our city shoveled out and get paid for doing it? Consider assisting the Department of Sanitation with snow removal. Pay is $10 per hour and increases to $15 per hour after 40 hours. Be advised, the Department of Sanitation will only accept those who arrive between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 14. Call 311 for garage location information. Please visit the
Department of Sanitation website for requirements.


If you would like to assist homebound seniors in the district or help shovel for a neighbor, please contact my office.

For more updates on city services and emergency operations, please visit The Office of Emergency Management has safety tips, and you can also sign up for official New York City emergency notifications

My planned event today on preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections for seniors at Stanley Isaacs will be rescheduled due to the weather. Additionally, the Department of Homeless Services "HOPE Count" is cancelled. If you see a homeless person outside, please call 311 so we can get them off the streets and somewhere warm through the storm. Your call could save a life.

This is forecasted to be a very large storm, so please stay safe, warm and prepared as we ready ourselves for the blizzard.


Ben Kallos

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