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
2009-2010 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
"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.:
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.