If you have a complaint against the City, or wish to seek reimbursement from the City, you need to serve a Notice of Claim with the City.
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No. Even if it is determined that liability exists on the part of the City of Albany, the Law Department must still seek approval from the Board of Estimate and Apportionment before a claimant may be reimbursed.
A "Notice of Claim" is a notice to the City of Albany of your claim against the City. The contents of a notice of claim are set forth in the New York General Municipal Law § 50-e (2). A Notice of Claim must include:
The notice of claim shall not state the damages the claimant deems himself/herself entitled to.
According to New York General Municipal Law § 50-e (1)(a), a notice of claim must be served within 90 days from the date when the claim arose.
A notice of claim must be served within the 90 day statutory period by delivering a copy personally, or by registered or certified mail to:Corporation Counsel24 Eagle StreetRoom 106Albany, NY 12207
There is no fee or cost to serve a Notice of Claim.
To get a copy of the Notice of Claim form, you can do any of the following:
After the filing of a Notice of Claim, the City of Albany conducts an investigation into the facts alleged in the Notice of Claim. Once an investigation is completed, an attorney is assigned to assess the legal liability of the City.
The City of Albany usually takes 6 to 8 weeks to fully investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding a Notice of Claim. If there are complex issues of fact and/or law, however, it may take longer.
In the event that it is determined that there is no liability on the part of the City of Albany, the individual who filed the Notice of Claim will be notified via mail.
If, after a full investigation, it is determined that the City of Albany is liable for the loss set forth in the Notice of Claim, a letter will be mailed indicating this fact, and a settlement proposal will be made. After such settlement proposal is made, and is accepted by the claimant, the settlement is submitted to the Board of Estimate and Apportionment to approve such agreement.