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ByShannon J. Cortes

Feb 3, 2022

About 50 illegally parked vehicles had been towed by Thursday afternoon, Brown said.

One of the things the city has done differently is start the ticketing and towing process earlier than during winter storms Jan. 6 and Jan. 17, Brown said. Parking enforcement is something people have been asking for citywide.

The city took the initiative for early enforcement following widespread criticism of snow removal efforts on side streets during a recent storm that dumped nearly 2 feet across most of the area.

“We are opening the streets more quickly. When there are vehicles violating alternate parking on the street, we tow those vehicles and issue them a ticket at the request of residents across the city of Buffalo,” Brown said. “One of the things we heard from residents over the past two storms was that they wanted their streets open, and if vehicles were parked illegally, in violation of alternate parking regulations, they wanted those vehicles be removed so that their streets can be opened. We do it now.

“There were literally thousands of vehicles parked illegally, making it difficult, if not impossible, to get to residential streets. Residents expressed those frustrations to us,” Brown said.

The city has reached out to New York State and Erie County for additional snowfighting assistance. County crews are assisting the city on Delaware and Elmwood avenues, Finn said. Thursday morning, the state was not helping, but the two sides will keep in touch.