The Community has conducted its own study which finds that the Columbia campus is blighted, underutilized, provides limited public purpose and is too old.
We the undersigned ask New York State Empire State Development Corporation to use it’s power of Eminent Domain to acquire the campus of Columbia University to provide 7500 units of affordable housing in the Manhattanville Community.
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.
On December 11, 2009 Governor David A. Paterson signed into law, the Public Authorites Reform Bill (Chapter 506 of the laws of 2009; S.66012 / A.40012) sponsored by Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. The bill will strengthen the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2005 by creating an Authorities Budget Office, prohibiting the creation of subsidiary authorities without legislative approval (with certain exceptions), making changes to the authority board's governing process, creating a fiduciary duty, enabling the comptroller to approve authority contracts, strengthening the rules on the disposition of public authority property, providing MWBE and creating whistleblower protections.
The Community has conducted its own study which finds that the home of Mayor Michael Bloomberg is blighted, underutilized, provides limited public purpose and is very very old.
We the undersigned ask New York State Empire State Development Corporation to use its power of Eminent Domain to acquire the home of Mayor Michael Bloomberg to provide 500 units of affordable housing available to all the citizens of New York City.