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July 29, 2005

STATE SENATE LEADER CALLS FOR MORATORIUM ON USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN

The NY Sun
New York Desk

At a rally on the steps of City Hall yesterday, a State Senate leader, David Paterson, a Democrat, along with a small gathering of Harlem civic leaders and three City Council members, called for a state-wide blanket moratorium on the use of eminent domain following the recent Supreme Court decision that is widely interpreted as expanding the law’s reach.

The City Council majority leader, Bill Perkins, who is now running for Manhattan borough president, said he would introduce a council resolution to support the moratorium. Mr. Perkins accused Columbia of using the threat of eminent domain as a weapon in negotiations with the area’s small businesses and residents. Council Member Letitia James, of Brooklyn, an opponent of the proposed development of Atlantic Yards, accused the developer, Bruce Ratner, of using eminent domain as a form of coercion and said she expected the proposed moratorium to slow his project.

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Posted by lumi at July 29, 2005 7:50 AM