22 N.Y.2d 579 (1968)

Linda Riss, Appellant, v. City of New York, Respondent.

Court of Appeals of the State of New York.

Decided July 2, 1968.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Eugene J. Morris and Nathaniel Rothstein for appellant.

J. Lee Rankin, Corporation Counsel (Alfred Weinstein and Stanley Buchsbaum of counsel), for respondent.

Chief Judge FULD and Judges BURKE, SCILEPPI, BERGAN and JASEN concur with Judge BREITEL; Judge KEATING dissents and votes to reverse in a separate opinion.


This appeal presents, in a very sympathetic framework, the issue of the liability of a municipality for failure to provide special protection to a member of the public who was repeatedly threatened with personal harm and eventually suffered dire personal injuries for lack of such protection. The facts are amply described in the dissenting opinion and no useful purpose would be served by repetition...

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