New Database To Track Legal Claims on NYC

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday unveiled a database aimed at reducing what the city pays in legal settlements and judgments.

The program will track the thousands of claims filed annually against the nation’s largest city and is modeled after the NYPD’s Compstat program, which tracks the types and locations of crimes. That is widely credited for the city’s massive drop in crime.

The new database also aims to prevent future lawsuits by tracking the particulars of claims against city agencies. For fiscal year 2015, the city has budgeted $674 million.