A Brooklyn woman is suing former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after she tripped on an uneven sidewalk outside his Park Slope property and knocked out four dental crowns from her mouth.
Carole Kolb-King, 69, last week sued de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, over the June injury which she sustained while walking to the post office, the amount remains unclear.
The 69-year-old had been on her way to mail a check to her nephew from her home in Windsor Terrace when her foot got caught in the hole outside the de Blasio’s 11th street property.
Kolb-King landed on her face and left knee, knocking out four dental crowns and tearing her meniscus, the lawsuit she filed Friday said.
Brooklyn woman, Carol Kolb-King (pictured), 69, is suing former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio after she tripped on an uneven sidewalk outside his Park Slope property and knocked out four dental crowns from her mouth
The lawsuit against de Blasio (right) and his wife, Chirlane McCray (left), over the June injury states that she had been walking to the post office at the time
‘He did about as good a job of taking care of his house as he did of taking care of the city for eight years,’ Kolb-King told the Daily News.
She alleges de Blasio and McCray knew or should have known the sidewalk was cracked and uneven and had an obligation to fix it.
‘All of a sudden, my foot got caught in this little piece of sidewalk which had an inch or more opening,’ she recalled.
‘My foot got stuck and I fell forward and I landed on my left knee and on my face. I was all bloody and someone on the block called 911. I was freaking out.’
The property cited in Kolb-King’s suit is one of two properties the former mayor owns in the neighborhood, the Daily News reported.
The lawsuit filed at the Supreme Court in Brooklyn also names the city and two neighbors of the de Blasio property, retired Judge Margaret Cammer, and her partner Joan Snyder, a well-known artist whose work has hung in in the Museum of Modern Art.
Kolb-King said she needs a series of dental procedures and is also in physical therapy for her injured knee. She estimates the ordeal has cost her at least $5,000 so far
The lawsuit filed at the Supreme Court in Brooklyn also names the city and two neighbors of the de Blasio property (pictured), retired Judge Margaret Cammer, and her partner Joan Snyder
Kolb-King said she needs a series of dental procedures and is also in physical therapy for her injured knee. She estimates the ordeal has cost her at least $5,000 so far.
‘I just think de Blasio didn’t take care of his property,’ said Kolb-King’s lawyer, Ezra Glaser, to the outlet.
‘Whether or not he is liable, he still could have had the sidewalk fixed outside his house. I believe that condition existed for some time.’
Kolb-King’s husband passed away in 2014, for the past 28 years, the Windsor Terrace resident has been an activity therapist at an in-patient psychiatric facility in Brooklyn.
‘I had just gotten these crowns in the front of my mouth, a year or two ago,’ she said.
‘I thought I was going to have them forever.’
De Blasio served as mayor from from 2014 to 2021 and failed to secure a spot in Congress after handing over his role to Eric Adams.
The former mayor owes nearly $320,000 that the city’s Department of Investigation determined for misusing his NYPD security detail. De Blasio is pictured during his final mayoral press conference in December 2021
The deeply unpopular Democrat took a gig with Harvard after announcing he was running for congress in May.
He then dropped out in July when it became clear he stood no chance of victory.
The former mayor, who racked up $2.5 million in debt, is yet to reimburse taxpayers the nearly $320,000 that the city’s Department of Investigation determined he owes for misusing his NYPD security detail.
The call for docking his $113,131-a-year pension comes after investigators determined he wrongfully misused city resources when he took his NYPD security detail with him during his failed presidential run in August 2019.
The investigation revealed the NYPD spent at least $319,794 to guard him while he was out of state on the campaign trail.
He utilized his security detail while attending a Boston Red Sox game in California and would ‘occasionally’ have his guards transport his presidential campaign staffers.
He was also accused of having city cops run errands on his behalf, including chauffeuring his son and helping his daughter move.