Tag: New York

Willets Point United Files Amicus Brief in Atlantic Yards Appeal

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 in News & Events

Willets Point United Against Eminent Domain Abuse (Willets Point United) filed an amicus brief this week in support of a group of fellow NYC property owners, businesses and tenants who are fighting the use of condemnation and the taking of their properties for the proposed Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project in Brooklyn. (For more detailed reporting of the proposed Atlantic Yards project, see Norman Oder’s Atlantic Yards Report.) The case, Goldstein v. New York State Urban Dev. Corp., is pending in the New York State Court of Appeals.

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Willets Point property owners concerned about Sotomayor’s stance on propertyrights

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 in News & Events

Yesterday, Willets Point United Against Eminent Domain Abuse, a group of business and property owners dedicated to fighting eminent domain abuse in the neighborhood of Willets Point, in Queens, NY, met on the steps of City Hall to raise their concerns about the nomination of Judge Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Willets Point United joins other property rights groups, legal scholars and experts in questioning Judge Sotomayor’s position on property rights, specifically with respect to her participation in the Second Circuit opinion in Didden v. Village of Port Chester.

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Week (or two) in Review

Posted on Jul 10, 2009 in News & Events

Here are some things that caught our attention over the past week or so…

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Port Chester offers apology for taking property by eminent domain

Posted on Jun 17, 2009 in News & Events

Jun 16, 2009 – Port Chester, NY – The village of Port Chester publicly apologized to property owner William Brody for improperly seizing his commercial property by condemnation nearly in 1999. In a settlement that ended the decade-long battle between the property owner and the village, Port Chester paid the property owner $475,000, formally apologized from the steps of the Village Hall during a settlement signing ceremony and re-named the street corner where his commercial buildings previously stood “William Brody Plaza.”

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The Perils of Prior Appraisal

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 in News & Events

This article appeared in the ABA’s Probate & Property Magazine, May/June 2008 and is reprinted here with the permission of the author.

The Perils of Prior Appraisal
By Michael Rikon, Esq.

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Eminent Domain Reform Possible in NY

Posted on Sep 23, 2008 in News & Events

In a NY Sun article yesterday, NY State Senator Bill Perkins, Democrat from Harlem, is said to be calling for a moratorium on eminent domain and a possible push for greater restrictions on the use of eminent domain. “I don’t know of too many other issues where you have such diverse and pervasive outrage,” Perkins said in a recent interview.

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