Sasha Blair-Goldensohn receiving physical therapy from physical therapist Jodi Brangaccio and aide Lydia Soto-Kohen, right, (cq) at the Helen Hayes Hospital in Rockland on Sept. 27, 2010.
$ 11.5 million.
Less than six months later, on February 25, 2010, Elmaz Qyra, 46, an Albanian immigrant living in Brooklyn- also a father of two - was killed by a fallen American elm tree near 69th Street while walking through Central Park. That case was settled in April for $ 3 million dollars as the jury was being selected. (Photo: Robert Stolarik for The New York Times)
The city - including then parks commissioner Adrian Benepe attempted to blame Mr. Qyra's death on "wet, unusually heavy snow."
There were four tree incidents within a year in Central Park, two resulted in fatalities. The City has paid out tens millions of dollars over the last 5 years alone stemming from what plaintiffs say is the city's neglect in properly maintaining its trees.
The Parks Department has less than 100 Climber & Pruners for more than 2.6 million trees. The vast majority of their time is spent dealing with street trees not in parks. Long gone are the agency's preventive tree maintenance programs.
Multiple lawsuits against the City are still pending.