NYC’s transport boss is sued for $5 million after woman tripped and fell on sidewalk outside his posh $2.1 million Brooklyn home
- Janno Lieber, chairman and chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has been embroiled in a legal battle with a neighbor since last August
- Naomi Cohn, 64, said she stumbled over a ‘huge crack’ outside his Marlborough Road home in Victorian Flatbush during a run
- She claimed she suffered severe pain and injuries and the ‘effects will be permanent’, according to court documents
New York City‘s transport boss has been sued for $5million after a woman tripped and fell on the sidewalk outside his $2.1million Brooklyn home.
Janno Lieber, who is chairman and chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has been embroiled in a legal battle with a neighbor since last August according to The New York Post.
Naomi Cohn, 64, said she stumbled over a ‘huge crack’ outside his Marlborough Road home in Victorian Flatbush during a run.
She claimed she suffered severe pain and injuries and the ‘effects will be permanent’, according to court documents.
Cohn is also seeking damages from Lieber’s wife, Amy Glosser, 58. The couple denied her allegations in a response filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
‘He didn’t seem to be that concerned about pedestrians,’ Cohn told The New York Post.
She added that the transport chief’s sidewalk remained broken for until just a few months ago.
Cohn, who is an attorney, is also looking for damaged against Lieber’s neighbor next door Carmencita Soriano, 76.
She said the crack was located in between both homes.
A neighbor of Lieber’s hit out at the transport boss following the lawsuit.
‘I’m not surprised that someone in bureaucracy can’t really value the other spaces that people use,’ Paul Nissenbaum, 34, a museum administrator who has lived in the area for seven years said.
Dailymail.com has contacted Leiber, the MTA and Cohn for comment.
Lieber officially became head of the MTA in January 2022 after he was nominated by New York governor Kathy Hochul.
But he had already been serving in the position since July 2021.
At the start of his career, he held positions in the administrations of President Bill Clinton and NYC Mayor Ed Koch and worked as an attorney in private practice.
New York residents were left frustrated in July, when the MTA voted to raise the base fare for subway and bus trips for the first time in eight years.
The cost rose from $2.75 per trip to $2.90 on August 20.
Lieber has previously said he wants to design the subway’s turnstiles in an effort to curb rampant fare dodging.
He said he particularly wants to address the emergency exit gate, which he characterized as a ‘superhighway for fare evasion.’
New York City Police Department officers have already issued 75.6 percent more fare-evasion tickets over the first nine weeks of 2023.
A total of 21,360 fines were issued compared to 12,154 tickets over the same time last year, police data showed.