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When reporting a fallen tree or downed wire it is very important that residents provide the exact location and the nearest cross street;

To report fallen trees and streets that need salting or plowing, contact the Division of Sanitation at (973) 733-5830

Newark, NJ – October 29, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, the Newark Municipal Council, Police Director Samuel A. Demaio, Police Chief Sheilah A. Coley, Fire Director Fateen A. Ziyad, Fire Chief John G. Centanni, Office of Emergency Management Director Keith Isaac and Acting Director of Neighborhood and Recreational Services Tharien K. Arnold announced today that the City of Newark is receiving numerous reports of fallen trees, downed power lines and power outages throughout the city due to the snowstorm.


R20;Our entire City is being affected by the snow storm and we are urging residents to stay off the roads unless necessary. I am grateful to our incredible emergency management team and our dedicated public servants, who are working around the clock to make sure that we can keep Newark safe. Our emergency tree teams are clearing roads as we speak and we are urging residents to report fallen trees and downed wires. If we all act as good neighbors and good citizens, Newark can avoid the hazards and dangers snow creates,R21; Mayor Booker said.


Fire and police are handling the removal of fallen trees and are coordinating with PSE&G to respond to locations with downed wires and trees. Residents are urged to report fallen trees by calling (973) 733-5830. Residents are also urged to report downed wires by calling PSE&G at 1-800-436-7734. Downed wires may appear dead but should always be considered “live.” STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. Parents are urged to check for downed wires in areas where their children might play and to remind the children to stay far away from any wires. If a wire falls on a vehicle, passengers should stay in the vehicle until help arrives.

Home and property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from all private residential and commercial property, including areas in and around driveways, sidewalks, and walkways. The City of Newark does not provide snow removal services to private property – residential or commercial.

  • Streets must be cleared from curb to curb. Residents and business owners are encouraged to remove snow in a two-foot circumference around fire hydrants located in front of their residences or businesses. Clearing the streets of snow may require several passes of the snow plows.
  • If you have no sidewalk, pile snow on the left side of the driveway (stand facing the residence). If there is a sidewalk in front of the residence, pile snow to the left of the driveway behind the shovel (stand facing the residence).
  • After the street is plowed, the front of the residence should remain clear of obstructions for parking.


There are two Snow Removal ordinances: 29:17-3. Keeping Traffic Lanes Clear; Manner of Clearing Access of Parking Places: “No person shall place, or cause to be placed, any snow or ice upon the traffic lanes of the roadway of any streets. In the event that it is necessary to clear the roadway of snow and ice in front of any property for the purpose of providing parking space or to give access to such property, then such snow or ice shall be property piled in the roadway in front of such property at no greater distance than six (6) feet from the curb line and in such manner that the gutter way shall be unobstructed. (R.O. 1966 22:17-3)

The second ordinance is 29:17-4. Dumping in Roadway from Private Property: It shall be unlawful for any person to remove snow or ice from any private property and place the same onto the sidewalk or roadway of any street (R.O. 1966 22:17-4)

Violators of either ordinance can receive tickets ranging anywhere from $100 to $1,000 from any uniformed Newark enforcement agency, including Police, Fire, Housing Code Enforcement, Sanitation and the Newark Parking Authority. All violations will be ticketed and subject to action in the Newark Municipal Court. Residents, business owners, and landlords are reminded that anyone who shovels snow into City streets will face Municipal Court action and fines.


As a “Good Neighbor” you can assist the City and your neighbors in weathering the snowstorm, by abiding by the following laws:

  • Park vehicles in your driveway, so that the plows can get through to remove snow and ice.
  • If possible, share your driveway with neighbors or secure vehicles on off-street lots.
  • Clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of your storefront or home.
  • Do not throw snow into the street. Place the snow on your lawn, on the side of your home or in the rear of the property.
  • Remove snow and ice from hydrants and/or drains near your home.
  • If you must venture out, take public transportation or car pool where possible.
  • Be aware of alternate side of the street parking signs and parking restrictions when road is snow covered.


For police or fire matter, residents can call (973) 733-6000. For more information on municipal services, residents can call the City of NewarkR17;s Non-Emergency Call Center, Mondays to Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., at (973) 733-4311.


Contact: Newark Press Information Office – (973) 733-8004
Email: pressoffice@ci.newark.nj.us


About the City of Newark, New Jersey
Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of more than 280,000 people. Newark sits on one of the nation’s largest transportation super-structures including an international airport, major rail connections, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast.

With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival. In population, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the northeast. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The production of affordable housing has doubled, businesses are returning and crime is going down. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission: to set a national standard for urban transformation.


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