NEW YORK CITY — Department of Sanitation enforcers buried outer boroughs in a blizzard of summonses for improper snow removal during the most recent storms while Manhattan only saw a light dusting, records show.
The city handed out a whopping 986 tickets in Queens and 896 in Brooklyn during storms between Jan. 19 and Feb. 3, including the blizzard that wasn't, according to the Department of Sanitation.
In the Bronx, 559 summonses were written and Staten Island saw 308 summonses.
But Manhattan had a paltry 62 summonses, with most handed out by officers.
A DSNY spokesman said the numbers were so low in Manhattan because those who would usually be giving out tickets were assigned other duties.
"Sanitation Enforcement Agents are being used to supervise work crews of emergency snow laborers," spokesman Vito Turso said.
The agents also work to do “traffic control” around snow melting sites, he said.
Tickets were given for failure to clear snow and ice from sidewalks and for throwing snow back on to already-plowed streets. They cost business and homeowners $100 each, according to the DSNY.
Agents or DSNY supervisors either hand the summonses to a person at the store, home or building or attach it, then later follow up by mail, Turso said.
*DSNY could not provide addresses for properties summonsed in Manhattan.