New York City Pays Nearly $2M For Burials–Of A Chevy Avalanche, Among Others

Just so we’re clear, New York City is not extreme coupon heaven.  Its status as one of the most expensive cities is further justified in the year that’s passed since 2010’s post-Christmas blizzard.

The city paid about $1 million per foot of snow.

Specifically, 1,196 claims were filed against the Big Apple for the way it handled–or didn‘t handle–the two feet of snow and messiness that followed.  Settlement of 620 claims totaling $1,855,152,53 were paid by the comptroller’s office as of December 23, 2011.  The rest, according to The Wall Street Journal, were either denied or are being examined further.

As you might imagine, grievances are as diverse as the city.  Slip-and-fall incidents are part of it, including one $150,000 settlement.  Vehicles (

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