December 8, 2009Hon. David A. PatersonGovernor, State of New YorkState CapitolAlbany, New York 12224Dear Governor Paterson:I write with a great sense of urgency in respectfully calling upon you to forego an appeal of last week’s decision in Kaur v. New York State Urban Development Corporation, and to order a statewide moratorium on the use of eminent domain within the State of New York pending legislative action.
On December 4, 2009 Senator Perkins announced the Kaur v. New York State Urban Development Corporation decision.
On December 8, 2009 Senator Perkins sent a letter to Governeor Paterson ugring him to order a statewide moratorium on the use of eminent domain within the State of New York pending legislative action. (see below)
Re “Eminent Domain in New York” (editorial, Dec. 14):
New York’s eminent domain laws are in need of reform. The Empire State Development Corporation’s attempted taking of private property on behalf of Columbia University illustrates how the current process lacks accountability, transparency or meaningful public participation.