New York state has paid $7 million to a former Suffolk County police officer, the first installment of a $14.8 million settlement stemming from an all-terrain vehicle accident that rendered the claimant a quadriplegic.

The claimant’s counsel, Daniel P. Buttafuocco of Woodbury, confirmed that the state sent the check late last month. The upfront $7 million will be followed by monthly disbursements, minus about $4.8 million in legal fees.

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