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Sanitation Begins Registering Emergency Snow Laborers to Clear Step Streets after Major Winter Snow Storms

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 | Vito A. Turso/Matthew LiPani

Press Release # 08-46, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Long before the first snowflakes fall on New York City's 6,000 miles of streets, the Department of Sanitation has begun gearing up for the impending 2008-2009 snow season.

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced today that the Department is now registering emergency laborers who can be called upon to remove snow and ice from step streets in sections of Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island after heavy snowfalls. The laborers generally focus on the City's step streets, which are sets of stairwells located between avenues to connect streets that have a significant height differential. The rate of pay begins at $12 per hour and increases to $18 per hour, after completing the first 40 hours.

"Although most snow removal duties citywide are handled by the dedicated men and women of the Sanitation Department, emergency snow laborers are vital to the clearing of massive amounts of snow and ice from step streets, as well as around bus stops and crosswalks," said Commissioner Doherty.

Those interested in registering can do so at the following Sanitation Department garages, which encompass the areas with the majority of step streets, weekdays between the hours of 7 A.M. to 3 P.M.:

  • Manhattan 12 - 301 West 215th Street, between 9th Avenue and Harlem River;
  • Bronx 4 - 720 East 132nd Street, between Willow Avenue and Bruckner Expressway;
  • Bronx 5 - 1331 Cromwell Avenue, between 168th and 170th Streets;
  • Bronx 7 and 8  -  423 West 215th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues;
  • Queens West 2 - 52-35 58th Street, between 53rd Avenue and 58th Street; and
  • Staten Island 1 - 539 Jersey Street, between Victory Boulevard and Brook Street.

Interested individuals can also register at any other local garage between the hours of 7 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor. All applicants must bring two (2) small photos (1 ½" square), and two (2) documents that prove identity and employment eligibility, such as a driver's license; federal, state or local identification; school identification with photo, or passport, at the time of registration.

For more information on how to register to become an emergency snow laborer, call 311 or visit