Public Works


Department Overview

The Department of Public Works provides and maintains the City's physical facilities through its various operations bureaus and services:

  • Municipal engineering
  • Traffic engineering
  • Maintenance, repair and construction of sewers and drains
  • Cleaning of streets and highways
  • Collection and disposal of refuse and recyclable materials
  • Maintenance, repair, construction, reconstruction and resurfacing of streets
  • Maintenance of traffic control devices
  • Installation of street lights
  • Maintenance of City-owned trees
  • Removal of ice and snow from public thoroughfares
  • Leaf and yard waste removal and recycling
  • Maintenance of City-owned buildings and structures
  • Maintenance of City vehicles.

The Department is the third element of the City's Emergency Management Response Effort.


Moratorium Period for Permit Applications

View the City code for more details.

Emergency work must be approved by the Commissioner of Public Works.

  1. Flood Mitigation Resources for Property Owners

    Assistance includes assessment grievance, New York State grants, and a new resource guide for residential owners created by the Department of Public Works.
  2. Fall Leaf Collection Underway

    Place leaves in biodegradable paper bags or open containers weighing no more than 75 lbs. for collection. Loose leaves will not be picked up.
  3. Stormwater Mitigation Program Addresses Citywide Drainage Issues

    170 drainage projects identified; remediation measures underway and planned; tax relief available for flood-prone properties
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