Senator Perkins hosts public meeting on eminent domain Saturday, schedules public hearing for January 5
He will discuss the recent Appellate Division ruling which blocked the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) from using eminent domain for the Columbia University expansion--a decision that will be appealed.
The plaintiffs will be present, as well be representatives from two other eminent domain fights: Atlantic Yards (via Daniel Goldstein of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn) and Willets Point.
The meeting is the precursor to a public hearing scheduled for January 5--location TBA--regarding eminent domain, the ESDC, and Columbia.
Perkins will report on his letter to Governor David Paterson asking for a moratorium on eminent domain and his request that ESDC not appeal the Columbia decision--both of which have not been embraced.
Also, Perkins, who held a public hearing in September 2008 on eminent domain, will announce plans to initiate legislation regarding eminent domain.