City settles six claims involving improper towings, vehicle accidents | Paterson Times

City settles six claims involving improper towings, vehicle accidents


The city’s governing body settled six claims settling cases that stemmed from improper towing, city vehicles striking other motorists, and a vehicle damage that resulted from a weed wacker operated by a public works employee.

Roughly $2,005 was paid out to settle the claims through the city’s third party administrator Cannon Cochran Management Services. The two largest claims, each $500, resulted from public works vehicles colliding with cars on the street.

Dominga Then’s parked vehicle on Jasper Street was struck by a city plow truck on February 13th, 2014. Nafize Civi’s vehicle was struck by a public works vehicle on February 3rd, 2015 as it was turning right from Washington Street to Broadway.

The third largest of $299 was an improper towing that occurred on March 16th, 2014. Gian Carlo Giordano’s vehicle was towed by Classic Towing “without cause,” according to city records.

Other cases are as follows:
•    $255 paid out to Terrence Hannah whose vehicle was struck by debris on July 10th, 2014 as public works employee Leroy Jefferson was cutting grass using a weed wacker on Hillman Street.
•    $229 was paid to Frank Marino because his vehicle was illegally towed from North 10th and Clinton Streets on February 28th, 2014.
•    $222.50 was approved for Joseph Urena because his vehicle was towed by Classic Towing on July 30th, 2014 for having his license and registration suspended.

Council members approved the settlements during a special meeting on Tuesday evening.