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Letter: Merchants need to shovel sidewalks

Kathy Maher takes a walk along Newmarket Road

Kathy Maher takes a walk along Newmarket Road in Garden City, enjoying the beauty of the fallen snow on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Some businesses are not clearing the snow from sidewalks in front of their stores . Who's responsibility is this?

I live by Hempstead Turnpike, one of the most dangerous roads on Long Island, and some merchants are actually plowing their parking lots and pushing the snow onto sidewalks, blocking pedestrian access.

Other pedestrians and I have to walk in the street. People are forced to avoid going out or to risk their lives by walking into a busy road.

Mark Matthieu, East Meadow