Senator Perkins Unveils Historic Reform Of Eminent Domain Laws

February 12, 2010

Senator Bill Perkins, Chair of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, will unveil legislation for the long overdue reform of New York State’s eminent domain laws. 

Senator Perkins’ historic legislation protects the rights of property owners and preserves neighborhoods threatened by private developers working in cohort with government authorities to seize property.

Since the 2005 Kelo v New London Supreme Court decision, 43 states have reformed their laws regulating government’s ability to seize private property.  New York has not reformed its laws.

The Manhattan Appellate Division recently rejected the use of eminent domain to take private property for the expansion of Columbia University in West Harlem.  The court found the Empire State Development Corporation violated both state and federal due process clauses, questioned the finding of “blight,” and found a pattern of collusion between the state and the private developer trying to use the state’s power of eminent domain to seize private property.

WHO:  Senate Bill Perkins Chair of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

Amy Lavine, Government Law Center at Albany Law School
Christina Walsh, Institute for Justice
Anna Adler, NYSTLA (panel discussion only)
Tara Quinlan, NYSTLA (panel discussion only)

WHEN:  Saturday, February 13, 2010
                11 a.m. Press Conference
                1 p.m. Panel discussion on Eminent Domain Law and Reform

WHERE:  LCA Press Room
                  Room 130 LOB

Press conference and panel discussion will be webcast live at