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$1.8M in Blizzard Payouts, and Counting

The City had paid out more than $1.8 million in claims from last year’s after-Christmas snowstorm.

Exactly one year ago, New York City was hit by a major snowstorm and , and today, CBS News reports that the city’s sluggish response to cleaning up the storm has cost it more than $1.8 million in claims, with more still pending.

CBS reports that according to the city Comptroller’s Office 1,196 snowstorm-related claims were filed with the city, including claims from individuals who say they were injured on icy roads and sidewalks, and residents who say that city plows damaged their cars and property.

As of Friday, 620 of the claims had been settled for a total payout of $1,855,152.53 (these included $150,000 for a man who said he slipped in an icy parking lot, and $100,000 to a Brooklyn cemetery where headstones were damaged), according to the report. The remaining several hundred claims were under investigation or were already dismissed.

Last December, to cleaning up the snow, with left many residents stranded with buried cars or little public transportation options.

"I put the snow in the street, the plow packed it right back up!" Charles Pigott of Fort Greene told Patch as he attempted to shovel his wife's car out from the snow.

In January, the Bloomberg administration’s handling of the snowstorm, at a public hearing at Borough Hall.

Sharona Jones, a wheelchair-bound Clinton Hill resident, testified last year that sidewalk curbs still weren’t clear in her neighborhood, making it difficult for her to get around.

“They always fail the disabled community,” Jones said. “I would like to think that it was just this blizzard, but every winter it's the same thing.”

Park Slope resident Bo Samajopoulos testified that he witnessed a snowplow truck driver who sat in his truck, arms folded, for several minutes while he and his neighbors shoveled their own way out on their block.

Parksloper December 30, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Gloria, you cannot compare someone dying due to negligence versus someone supposedly slipping in a parking lot. Yes to the first instance definitely a big no to the second.
Peter Petino Active Transport January 01, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Parkslpoer there is a form of what you call tort reform here in New York State.They do not just give money away any longer the injury must allow for the reward. Firstly if you take away the right to sue you are bunting on one of our freedoms. Secondly what most think of tort reform is not real - insurance companies do not give back the savings buy lowering the premiums - it just does not happen. Thirdly if you are hurt badly from an accidental injury and the pay off is capped - meaning the insurance company gives less - who will pay for the lifetime of the injured persons medical treatments -- Dha- government agencies will pay and where do they get the money from - you and me- taxes. So let us continue to make private companies win and we the tax payer pay for them to do so. Get it. If you want to learn more get movie called Hot Coffee.
Peter Petino Active Transport January 01, 2012 at 05:50 AM
All insolents have merit - that is why we have courts. So if you slip and need medical care for the rest of your life is that a different scenario? It is not up to you. Yes you live in a free country and we have courts to decide.
Parksloper January 02, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Sorry Peter, $150,000.00 to a guy who said he slipped is inconceivable. People have to use their heads and realize after a storm there is a big possibility of slipping or falling. There are those who slip and fall for a living.
Peter Petino Active Transport January 03, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Parksloper - I asked you to you look up the documentary Hot Coffee you should already know that you should belive the head lines of a insodent is not the whole story. Non of these headlines are what you think - you need the whole story. Wait! when was the last time you heard of, or know of -someone that slippes and falls for a living. No you have no story for that at least not for NYS. This does not happen much - and surly not enough to make a living out of it - stop just saying things you think you know just to prove a very poor point. You are assuming the person did not get hurt stop that.

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