Bill would make NY State liable for pothole damages year round

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – If your car is damaged by a pothole, you most likely pay for the repairs. But some lawmakers think New York State should be liable to pick up the tab year round.

State Sen. David Carlucci, who serves Rockland and Westchester counties, spoke with 1010 WINS about closing the “pothole loophole.”

As it stands, motorists whose vehicles are damaged by a road can only pursue claims for that damage from May 15 to Nov. 15 each year, Carlucci says.

“If a motorist has damage to their vehicle and it happens in the summer, they can pursue that and get money from the state to make those repairs to their vehicle. If the same damage happens in the winter, the motorist does not have any recourse and cannot seek any money from the state to repair their vehicle,” he said.

Carlucci says the bill he’s cosponsoring with Assemblymember Tom Abinanti would make the state liable for pothole damages on state roads year-round instead of just during that six-month window.

“We want to make sure that someone is not driven into debt because of a pothole, and we want to change the law to put more urgency on New York State to repair these potholes, to repair this damage as quickly as it happens,” he said.

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