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ESDC responds to Perkins letter on eminent domain: Appellate Division was wrong on Columbia, appeal will continue, AY not impacted

Governor David Paterson's office says that it defers to the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to respond to state Senator Bill Perkins' call for a moratorium on the use of eminent domain, and the ESDC says its response remains the same as last week:
ESDC believes the decision of the Appellate Division, First Department in the matter of the Columbia University Manhattanville Campus to be wrong and inconsistent with established law, as consistently articulated by the New York State Court of Appeals, most recently with respect to ESDC's Atlantic Yards project.

ESDC continues to fully support this project. The expansion of one of New York’s oldest educational institutions will enhance the vitality of both the University and its neighboring West Harlem community, while meeting the long-term needs of its residents.

This recent ruling does not impact Atlantic Yards, and ESDC intends to appeal the decision.


  1. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Wow! Gov. Paterson actually had integrity for a few moments when he offered to conduct an objective review of eminent domain in NYS. That didn't last long. Which lobbyist or rich developer got him to change his mind? The Wall Street crowd that he praised yesterday? Clearly, it is the unelected power elite who govern this state, not the people whom we elect.


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