Saturday, December 26, 2009
Justice Delayed is Justice Served.
February 17 2008 I awoke to find that a City snowplow operated by Saratoga Springs DPW had hit my legally parked car in front of my home on Warren St. Little did I know at the time this would lead me on an almost two year odyssey for simple justice that would find me in front of three Judges in two courts all to simply make Commissioner of Public Works Skip Scirocco make lawful restitution for the actions of his driver who was found in court on three separate hearing to have operated a motor vehicle with “reckless disregard of the safety of others” these are the Judges words not mine.
Through the course of two years Commissioner of Public Works Skip Scirocco repeatedly tired to shift the blame of this accident to me. Falsely claiming I was illegally parked, that the truck hit a non existent manhole cover all to no avail. Never seeking any more than the $1200 dollars worth of damage the Dept of Public Works never less hired a team of Lawyers to delay, stall and appeal the court decisions that had been in my favor. Finally on Christmas Eve I received a check for $1403 dollars payment in full for all damages and interest. In closing I would publicly like to thank my Attorney William C. Firth Esq. for his hard and dedicated work on this case. I would also like to thank the staffs of the Saratoga Springs Small Claims Court who were always helpful and patient with me and to the Judges who adjudicated my case. I would also like to encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim of the reckless actions of the driver of any City owned Vehicle who has had their claim denied to access the court systems for in the end the Cities Risk and Safety manager is not the final word on legal responsibility for that role is reserved for the courts and while tne wheels of justice turn slowly the results can be worth it. Are you listening Ron?