NYC Paid $138M in Pothole-Related Settlements

The findings were part of an initiative introduced last year which aims to identify patterns in claims made against the city

By Joshua Jamerson

The New York Times

New York City should do a better job of fixing potholes to reduce the amount of money it pays to settle claims involving injuries and damage they cause, which have cost taxpayers $138 million in the past six years, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said.

Mr. Stringer, a Democrat, released an analysis revealing that the Belt Parkway was the roadway with the highest number of claims involving vehicles (706), while Broadway was the street with the most claims related to pedestrians (195).

“For anyone who’s driven in our city, this list should come as no surprise,” Mr. Stringer said at a news conference outside Washington Square Park. “If you happen to drive on the Belt, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.”

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