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Pothole legislation aims to streamline reporting and hold our state accountable

March 22, 2018 11:50 PM

SCHENECTADY - "If you hit that pothole and you have damage to your car you should be entitled to have those repairs paid for by the state."

By law the state is not responsible for pothole damage to your car between Novebmer  15th and May 1st.

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But Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is introducing a 3-point plan to change that.

"Number one you can report where you saw the pothole so that gets on a map now everyone can see that," Santabarbara said.

"The second part of the plan would allow people to report potholes and damage to their vehicles as soon as it happens on a website like this one the Assemblyman already has called the 'Pothole Spotter.'"

"People fill that out, complete the form it comes to me I make the report to DOT I follow up I get back to the person who's reporting," Santabarbara said.

Similar to NewsChannel 13's Pothole Patrol webpage, the Pothole Spotter would also send alerts once repairs are made. 

"I would definitely use that everyday because everyday I hit a pothole," Latosha Abraham said.

Abraham has spent over $400 on her car because of them. 

"Getting my wheels in line, my rotors were messed up and it felt like I almost broke my axel," Abraham added.

According to a National Transportation Research Group called TRIP, driving on deteriorated roads costs New Yorkers $6.3 billion dollars annually. 

Broken down, people in NYC spend the most on tire wear and repairs, followed by Poughkeepsie and Newburgh and then Albany where drivers are shelling out nearly $2,000 a year.

"I spend so much money in insurance and maintenance on my car already the least I can do to get to work or to class is just to get there in one piece," Abraham said.

AAA reports a nearly 100% increase in flat tire repairs, and tows as a result of potholes between February and March of last year and the same time period this year.

There is a Senate version of the bill currently in transportation committee.

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Karen Tararache

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