Potholed Streets Make Staten Island Most Damage Prone Borough in City

By Nicholas Rizzi on February 25, 2013 11:35am | Updated on February 25, 2013 4:28pm

 Staten Island had the highest ratio of property-damage claims to residents in the last fiscal year, due in part to damages to cars from potholes.
Staten Island had the highest ratio of property-damage claims to residents in the last fiscal year, due in part to damages to cars from potholes.
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STATEN ISLAND — Potholed streets contributed to Staten Island suffering more property damage than any other borough in fiscal year 2011.

The borough with the lowest population in the city had the largest ratio of property damage claims against the city, including cars wrecked by potholes and other issues — 207 for every 100,000 people, the Staten Island Advance reported.

They included complaints of burst tires, smashed shocks and other car parts.

Records from the city comptroller's office showed Queens was the borough with the second highest ratio of claims, with 154 for every 100,000 residents.

Aside from car damage from potholes, the claims of city negligence included motor vehicle accidents, water-main breaks and sewer backups, according to the comptroller's office.

In the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2011, the city paid about $15 million in property-damage settlements, with $1.3 million paid out in Staten Island.

The claims are added to the fiscal year they are settled, not when they are filed.

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