Saturday, March 10, 2007

On Tuesday, rent-stabilized tenants will get day in court

On Tuesday, the "other" Atlantic Yards lawsuit will get its day in court.

Tenants in two buildings owned by Forest City Ratner filed suit in December challenging the Empire State Development Corporation's (ESDC) use of eminent domain to demolish their buildings and override their rights as rent-stabilized tenants.

The latter case is in the state Supreme Court. (They've also filed a separate suit in the Appellate Division challenging the relocation offer.)

Yesterday, at a brief hearing before Supreme Court Justice Walter B. Tolub, lawyers for both the 13 tenants and the ESDC briefly outlined their arguments regarding the ESDC's motion to dismiss the case.

Tolub, recognizing that the case couldn't be handled in a few minutes, said he needed to read the legal briefs, and scheduled a hearing for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Before then, I'll try to summarize the legal arguments.

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