One person who submitted testimony, but couldn’t attend, was Michael Rikon, an attorney since 1980 in private practice representing property owners in condemnation proceedings. (He also represents some property owners in the AY footprint.)
“In my opinion, it is fundamentally wrong to take someone’s property and turn it over to a private party,” Rikon said in his prepared testimony. “We understand that eminent domain is necessary on occasion. But the use of this most extreme power should be limited to a true public purpose. Atlantic Yards should be limited to a stadium site for the Nets.”
Interestingly enough, Rikon does not challenge condemnation for an arena whose profits would go to a private developer far more than any public entity.
As a result of the Supreme Court’s widely-criticized 2005 Kelo v. New London decision, which narrowly upheld emine…