After a snow fall, home and business owners have a time to clear their property of snow and ice. The timing is different based on the jurisdiction. In the Town of Hempstead, home and business owners are responsible for the sidewalks that abut their property.
In some jurisdictions, the town is responsible for the sidewalks, so any lawsuit would name that town as the defendant. When dealing with a municipality, the timeline for filing the case and notifying the town is a very short window.
Homeowners have several hours after a snowfall ends to clear their sidewalks. For overnight snowfall, the grace-period extends into the morning to give a home or business owner a reasonable amount of time to act. Those responsible for clearing sidewalks do not have to act during an active snowfall or in the middle of the night, as these are not reasonable expectations.