Lawsuit brewing after Schenectady landslide


The City of Schenectady could be facing legal action following a mudslide that happened in late January.

One man says he could be facing the repercussions of the event for the rest of his life.

The hill is stabilized now but some people say they are still dealing with the effects after a mudslide happened here.

Physical injuries, depression, and PTSD, all things Iquann Cornish is dealing with being trapped by the mudslide.

“If you can imagine yourself being in his position you can certainly understand how he would feel like that,” Kristie Hanson, Cornish’s attorney, said.

Hanson says her client was buried by mud for more than an hour before being rescued.

Cornish described the terror he felt in a previous NEWS10 ABC interview.

“I couldn’t feel my feet, my legs, my arms, or anything. My ribs felt like they were going to break,” Cornish said.

Even then saying he had symptoms of PTSD.

“Every time I close my eyes I see the whole thing happening over again,” Cornish said. “Any little like loud noise or something I’ll think the walls are caving in. So it’s traumatizing.”

Hanson saying it’s not the first time something dangerous happened as a result of this hill and claiming the city and county knew about it and did nothing.

“The city and or the county did studies with respect to the vulnerability of the ridge,” Hanson said.

She says there was also water filling the basement of a nearby vacant building, which the city did not address, contributing to the instability of the hill.

“It shouldn’t have happened because they knew about it.”

NEWS10 ABC reached out to the city for comment on the pending lawsuit and did not return our calls.

This comes after another pending lawsuit was brought against the city by Cornish’s uncle Reco Ross. 

He owned the home that Cornish became trapped in during that lawsuit.

Ross is suing the city for personal injuries and property damage.

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