May 10, 2007
ESDC chair gives updates on city projects
Empire State Development Corporation downstate chairperson Patrick Foye "On Atlantic Yards:"
Foye mentioned that ESDC “was on the verge of appointing an ombudsman to act as a liaison between the community, elected officials and various government agencies.”
When asked about the use of eminent domain for the project, “Obviously taking someone’s property without someone’s consent is a serious matter. It should only be used as a last resort [read: "only if you make us do it"], especially with something viewed as a private, not public use.”
There are two eminent domain-related lawsuits against the project, and ESDC intends “to vigorously defend these lawsuits,” Foye said. He doesn’t believe they present an “important obstacle.”
NoLandGrab: If eminent domain is ALWAYS used "as a last resort," doesn't that mean it really isn't?
Posted by lumi at May 10, 2007 7:29 AM