Communities running low on snow removal budgets due to winter storm

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Updated: 2/15 3:09 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – After several snow storms in the Northeast this winter, some of the snow removal budgets are already running low, leaving some communities feeling buried.

Underneath a pile of snow Friday night was a car, which was being dug out by Ernest Brandon. His doctor told him to not shovel too much, which is easier said than done since Brandon needs to commute.

The story went the same way for many around the region as people dug out and crews cleared as much snow as they could.

"We've got over 200 miles of road in our city," explained Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi.

The City of Pittsfield has used most of their snow removal budget for the season.

"Storm like this would be in the $75,000 -$80,000 range," said Bianchi.

He says the city's budget for snow removal is $650,000 for the season.

Bianchi said that because they didn't budget more, they will have to shift money from the public works fund.

The cleanup isn't over for many cities as most continue to remove the snow form curbs and lanes during snow emergencies.

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