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Borrelli v. The City of New York, et al.

April 29, 2014

On April 29, 2014, during police officer training at Rodman's Neck, NYPD Officer Brendan Cronin attended a lunch, and then a post-training get together, with fellow police officers and trainers where he consumed alcohol at a local bar. Later that evening, while driving home, an intoxicated Mr. Cronin proceeded to stop and get out of his vehicle in Pelham, New York. Meanwhile Robert Borrelli and Joseph Felice were driving home from their hockey game and, while stopped at a red light, Mr. Cronin—for no known reason—shot 13-14 bullets into their car. Mr. Felice was shot multiple times, and Mr. Borrelli rushed his friend to the hospital, where his life was saved.

The firm represented Robert Borrelli, Margaret Borrelli, Joseph Felice and Patricia Sclafani in lawsuits against the City of New York, Police Officer Brendan Cronin, the local bar and eight other police officers and supervisors who aided and condoned Officer Cronin's heavy drinking on the night of the tragic incident. Mr. Felice, Mr. Borrelli, and their spouses and children faced serious psychological, physical and emotional trauma from the incident. Newman Ferrara LLP successfully obtained a settlement from the City of New York, amounting to over $8 million for the two families.

Borrelli v. The City of New York, et al.

Felice v. The City of New York, et al.


NY Daily News, City to pay more than $8M settlement after drunken off-duty cop nearly kills two men, published January 27, 2017: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/city-pay-8m-drunk-off-duty-shoots-men-article-1.2957759

LoHud, NYPD trainers named in Pelham shooting lawsuit, published October 3, 2016: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/crime/2016/10/03/nypd-detectives-sued-pelham-shooting/91466872/

NY Post, Two detectives added to federal suit in off-duty cop's drunken shooting, published September 29, 2016: http://nypost.com/2016/09/29/two-detectives-added-to-federal-suit-in-off-duty-cops-drunken-shooting/

NY Daily News, Man shot by drunk cop in 2014 says NYPD's toleration of alcohol abuse enabled deadly Brooklyn car crash involving off-duty officer, published July 19, 2016: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/man-shot-drunk-nypd-booze-culture-enabled-car-crash-article-1.2717584

NY Daily News, Drunk cop's shooting frenzy could land NYPD bosses with lawsuit for tolerating trainee's alcoholism, published July 15, 2016: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nypd-bosses-face-suit-drunk-shooting-frenzy-article-1.2713555

NY Daily News, Ex-NYPD cop who nearly killed two men when he drunkenly opened fire on their car in Westchester gets nine years, published April 13, 2016: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-nypd-years-killing-men-article-1.2599791

LoHud, NYPD officer pleads guilty in Pelham shooting, published September 22, 2015: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/crime/2015/09/22/cronin-nypd-pelham-shooting/72606430/

CBS New York, Court Papers: NYPD Officer Said He Drank Beer, Whiskey Before Pelham Shooting, published July 3, 2014: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/07/03/nypd-officer-indicted-on-attempted-murder-other-charges-in-pelham-shooting/

NY Post, Men shot at by drunk cop to sue city for $90M, published July 1, 2014: http://nypost.com/2014/07/01/men-shot-at-by-drunk-cop-to-sue-city-for-90m?iframe=true&theme_preview=true

NY Daily News, Hockey players shot by drunken off-duty NYPD cop plan $90 million lawsuit, published July 1, 2014: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/men-shot-drunken-off-duty-sue-90-million-article-1.1850924

NY Daily News, Drunk NYPD cop's shooting victim saved by heroic hockey teammate: friend, published May 1, 2014: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/drunk-shooting-victim-saved-hockey-teammate-article-1.1775996

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