$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.

Tom H December 27, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Too much of the "ME" attitude. $150K for slipping in an icy parking lot. Sidewalk curbs that weren't rapidly cleared. "They always fall on the disabled community". Snow shoveled into the street was packed back by a plow. It was a winter blizzard in congested NYC. If you don't like it, move south. I would love to have the job of reviewing these claims.
Terry December 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM
The Government is out of control. The Courts are out of control. I think I will get a Lawyer and take the State of Florida to Court,because I wanted it to snow on Christmas Day and I never got it. Now I must ask why and ask for lets say 41 million dollars for that act of mother nature that never happened.
Ajent Oranje December 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM
What a joke. $150,000 because you were dumb enough to slip on ice? What got hurt besides your pride? Give me a break. Wussy NY'ers who always claim they are tough.... they arent. Most people understand that there is a chance you will slip on ice. Where is the reasoning to handing out cash for someone slipping on ice??
Shell December 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Tom H, please don't send ANYONE south! We have enough of these "suing" idiots clogging our roads, our governments, our lives and our courts. Take care of them yourselves. Personally if there is no physical harm done to a person then they have no right to sue in the first place because the weather is an act of GOD, and it appears HE is trying to tell us something if we would just listen.
Leokur December 27, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Mayor Bloomberg failed to declare a state of emergency so he could leave the city and spend holiday in Bermuda with his girlfriend.
SESZOO December 27, 2011 at 01:53 PM
1.8 million in payouts hope that just comes from city taxes and not the rest of us
adam December 27, 2011 at 02:31 PM
dont dont have to put price number in here. dont need it ot nosy. better keep hide it
Anne December 27, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Anne December 27, 2011 at 06:03 PM
What are you saying?????
Joe Gonzalez December 28, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Property owners have a duty to maintain their property in some clean and ice/trash free condition. If people walk on your land and fall in a hole or other similiar condition you are responsible.
adam December 28, 2011 at 05:09 PM
hi joe, not worry about it
Parksloper December 29, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Thank Andrew Cuomo and liberals in general who will not approve of any Tort Reform.
Joe Gonzalez December 29, 2011 at 06:05 PM
We as a Society DO NOT engage enough problem prevention. Tort reform would not be an issue if we prevented the problems from happening in the first place. Removing ice, snow and other debris from sidewalks and repairing cracks, holes and the like in stairs and sidewalks would prevent many injuries from happening in the first place.
Gloria Guerriera December 30, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Hey, Tom have you ever gotten a ticket for parking or from sanitation for putting your pails out too early, or any of a hundred offenses. You screw up and they make you pay. So if they screw up why shouldn't they pay? And when they screw up they screw up royally and sometimes cost people their lives. I would rather think that if those in charge of the clean up, screw up, they should be fired. They get good money to do the job, if they can't do it right, maybe they should move south.
Gloria Guerriera December 30, 2011 at 02:10 AM
If you or a member of your family were one of the people who died waiting for an ambulance that showed up late due to the negligence of the city to properly handle the storm, you would be singing a different tune.
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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