Randy Lewis, manager of Scavo's Body Shop in Oneonta, said potholes also can cause damage to a vehicle's suspension.
"They definitely are a problem," he said. "I hear people complaining about them."
So far, the city of Oneonta has spent about $6,000 on cold-patch for pothole repairs, Harrison said. Crews will continue repairs with cold-patch until the hot-asphalt firm opens in April, he said.
Michael Long, Oneonta city manager, said potholes have been particularly noticeable on Main Street downtown, West Street and Center Street.
Long said West Street has been scheduled for repaving this year in a section near the entrance to Hartwick College, where potholes are numerous. The city will assess road conditions in the spring to formulate plans for street work, he said.
"All cities in upstate New York in the Northeast have potholes," Long said.
Hamburg said this time of year double shifts of crews are scheduled, with the first starting at about 5 a.m. and the second, eight hours later.
"When we're not fighting snow and ice, our crews are out doing pothole repairs," Hamburg said. "We're being as attentive as we possibly can to them."