New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday unveiled a new electronic tool tracking claims against the city as part of an effort to cut costs.
The tool, known as ClaimStat, is modeled after the New York Police Department’s crime tracking tool ComStat, and maps the locations where the claims arise as well as the agencies they target. This is intended to identify problem areas in the city, making it possible to fix the underlying problems.
“By taking a closer look at the thousands of legal claims made against New York every year, ClaimStat will serve as an early warning system to help agencies improve services and make our city safer,” Stringer said in a news release. “ClaimStat is a new, data-driven tool that will help to identify costly trouble areas before they become multi-million dollar cases.”
Claims against the city are initially reported to the Comptroller’s Bureau of Law and Adjustment. The comptroller’s office then has the authority to investigate the claims and negotiate settlements.
The first ClaimStat report, released Wednesday, looked at claims against the NYPD, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Health and Hospitals Corporation, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Sanitation.
ClaimStat can be viewed at http://comptroller.nyc.gov/reports/claimstat/.
The city has budgeted $674 million for claims in fiscal year 2015, compared to $246 million in 1995. The cost is projected to rise to $782 by 2018.