Mayor Madden Issues Update on City Response to Major Snow Storm

Mayor Madden Issues Update on City Response to Major Snow Storm

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2020

Mayor Madden Issues Update on City Response to Major Snow Storm

TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden provided an update on the City’s response to a major storm that dropped over 18 inches of snow on the Collar City beginning Wednesday evening. A Snow Emergency was declared effective Thursday, 8:00 p.m. to help clear City roads of snow and restore safe driving conditions.

Mayor Madden said, “Wednesday’s snow storm delivered significant snowfall across the City of Troy and the greater Capital Region. Crews will be deployed around the clock to push back snow and restore safe driving conditions. I encourage residents and business owners to observe all parking restrictions under Snow Emergency rules. Public cooperation is essential to the success of plowing and snow removal in our neighborhoods.”

Public Works and Public Utilities crews will conduct snow pushback operations under Snow Emergency rules to clear snow & ice from residential streets across the City. Snow cleanup operations will operate on 12 hour shifts through Monday.

Focus will remain on primary traffic routes. Contractors will conduct snow removal operations on the following streets in north and south Troy overnight Thursday to restore parking for residents.

  • River / 2nd Avenue
  • 6th Avenue
  • the Boulevards (101st to 125th)
  • 3rd Street
  • 4th Street

Troy residents are encouraged to park vehicles in driveways (where available) or park overnight in City-owned lots and garages to help keep streets clear for plow vehicles to operate. A map of available public parking options is available at

Additional snow removal operations for portions of downtown Troy are scheduled to begin 8:00 p.m. Friday. Additional snow removal for additional areas of downtown Troy is scheduled to begin 8:00 p.m. Saturday. Residents are asked to observe all scheduled & weather-related parking restrictions. Vehicles in violation of parking restrictions will receive a ticket and be towed, both at the owner’s expense.

Mayor Madden also encourages Troy residents and families to review the following tips and information:

  • Do not shovel snow into city streets – this can create a safety hazard for vehicles and reduces effectiveness of snow cleanup by City crews. Sidewalks adjacent to properties must be cleared of snow by 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 18.
  • Help protect your family and neighborhood by shoveling out fire hydrants near your home or business. This will save local emergency personnel valuable time when responding to possible medical or public safety emergencies in your neighborhood. During an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
  • Check in with your neighbors, family and friends – especially the elderly, or those with young children – who might need assistance after the storm.

Residents are also encouraged to subscribe for email updates and other announcements at

Garbage, Recycling Collection

Municipal garbage & recycling collection will resume as scheduled for Friday, December 18. Properties who normally receive garbage & recycling collection on Thursday will be collected Friday following completion of Friday’s normal route. Any remaining properties will be collected Saturday, December 19.

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works dispatcher at (518) 270-4579.

Snow Emergency

A Snow Emergency was declared effective Thursday, December 17, at 8:00 p.m. Normal parking rules and regulations have been temporarily suspended on designated Snow Emergency streets only. Please note: non-emergency streets will be provided with basic plowing services.

  • Beginning 8:00 p.m., Thursday, 12/17, all vehicles must be parked on the EVEN-numbered side of designated Snow Emergency streets for 24 hours.
  • Beginning 8:00 p.m. Friday, 12/18, all vehicles must be parked on the ODD-numbered side of designated Snow Emergency streets for the next 24 hours.

Vehicles parked in violation of these guidelines will receive a parking ticket and will be towed, both at the owner’s expense. Additional snow removal operations may be scheduled as conditions warrant. If necessary, an emergency may be extended an additional 48 hours with the odd/even parking restrictions starting over.

Resources: Snow Emergency

  • For Snow Emergency information, call (518) 274-8769 for pre-recorded messages, visit or the City’s social media channels – Facebook ( / Twitter (
  • To locate a towed vehicle, please call the Troy Police Department non-emergency line at (518) 270-4421
  • For information on specific streets or vehicle impound locations, call the DPW dispatcher at (518) 270-4579
  • During an emergency, please dial 9-1-1
  • For additional questions regarding the City’s Snow Emergency program, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on the City website.

For more info on the City’s Snow Emergency rules and procedures, visit

 Overnight and Off-Street Parking

During a snow emergency, residents are encouraged to use public parking lots in their neighborhood. Vehicles can be parked overnight only (5:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.) at the following locations:

  • Y Lot (1st Street)
  • 5th Avenue Parking Garage
  • State Street Parking Garage
  • 5th Avenue & Congress Street Lot
  • Front Street Lot
  • Green Island Lot

Permitted vehicles can utilize these lots during normal daytime hours of operation.

24 hour parking is available at the following locations during a Snow Emergency:

  • Little Italy Market Lot
  • 4th and Ferry Street Lot
  • Knickerbacker Ice Facility lot
  • Frear Park Golf Course lot
  • South Troy Swimming Pool lot

For a map and locations of available parking lots and garages available during a Snow Emergency, please visit


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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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