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September 22, 2008

Sun: eminent domain law reform may be possible (but don't hold your breath)

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder, too, thinks that the New York Sun might be a bit overly optimistic about prospects for eminent domain reform in New York State.

As the article details, however, neither Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver nor Gov. David Paterson have expressed support for changes (though Paterson did in 2005, as a State Senator).

Moreover, though the article mentions Atlantic Yards, the Columbia University expansion, and redevelopment at Willets Point, unmentioned is that any new legislation might grandfather in projects already under way.

So I'd bet that a temporary commission, as proposed by the New York State Bar Association, is a more likely first step than new legislation.


More speculation...

Curbed, Big Projects Facing New Trouble After November?

The Municipal Art Society, Eminent Domain in the Spotlight

NoLandGrab: Property rights have been a traditional concern of the right, so a Democratic takeover of the State Senate wouldn't seem to increase the odds of eminent domain reform in New York.

Posted by eric at September 22, 2008 9:47 AM