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New database to track legal claims against NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is unveiling a database aimed to reducing what the city pays in legal settlements and judgments.

The program will track the thousands of claims filed annually against the nation's largest city.

It is modeled after the NYPD's Compstat program, which tracks the types and locations of crimes.

That helped police respond to high-crime areas. It is widely credited for playing a role in the city's massive drop in crime.

The new database also aims to prevent future trouble; in this case, lawsuits.

The database will be released Wednesday. It will track the particulars of claims against city agencies with hopes of eliminating trouble spots.

For fiscal year 2015, which started July 1, the city has budgeted $674 million.

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