New York State Puts Brakes On Pothole-Damage Reimbursements

CBS New York

MELVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — New York state won’t pick up the tab for any cars damaged on its pothole-filled highways this winter.

As TV 10/55 Long Island Bureau Chief Richard Rose reported, state lawmakers exempted the state from having to pay drivers back for pothole-related repairs during winter months.

Some towns say they’ll look into reimbursements, but drivers will likely have to jump through bureaucratic hoops.

A large numbers of craters have taken a toll on vehicles during a particular brutal winter.

At one Farmingdale, Long Island, tire shop, a mountain of mostly new tires lost to the winter’s potholes can be seen.

“Cracked rims, bent rims, shredded tires — these potholes did a number on the cars,” mechanic Brian Lorenzo described.

The cost for replacing each damaged car part can be substantial. Tommy Hammarth, a manger at Mavis Discount Tire, said repairing a rim can cost about $275 and replacing…

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