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.
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.
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..: Bronx 4 – 720 E. 132nd Street, between Willow Avenue and Bruckner Expressway; Bronx 5 – 1331 Cromwell Avenue, between 168th and 170th streets; abd Bronx 7 and 8 – 423 W. 125th Street, between 9th and 10th avenues; 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 small photos (1 ½” square), and two 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.