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NY1 For You: Driver Takes Financial Hit Over Belt Parkway Pothole

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A Brooklyn man says he could have avoided an enormous pothole on the Belt Parkway in February if it was patched up, and he now says he's paying for the city's inaction. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

Sheepshead Bay resident Albert Dashevsky recalls the shock from hitting a massive pothole on the Belt Parkway in February. The impact blew out and broke the rim of one of his tires, causing over $1,500 worth of damage to his car.

"Filled out a police report. I was extremely confident that the city was going to pay me back. I had followed the standard procedure. Called 311, reported it," Dashevsky says.

Still, several weeks later, Dashevsky had not heard from the city, so he called to get a status for the claim and found it was denied.

"They claim that basically, the pothole was never reported to them, that it was, they just found out about it," says Dashevsky.

It's hard to believe says Dashevsky, who wasn't the only driver who hit the enormous pothole.

"While I was waiting for the police, it was about two hours, about another 10 cars hit it," Dashevsky says.

NY1 called the City Comptroller's office and a spokeswoman released a statement, which read, "The Comptroller's Office has received many claims resulting from this winter's assault on our roadways. Without prior written notice to the Department of Transportation of a damaged or defective roadway, the City is not liable for damage caused to a vehicle when it encounters a condition of the nature described in this claim."

It's a disappointment to Dashevsky and other drivers who will have to take the hit on this particular pothole.

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