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Emil Realty, Co. v State of New York

A recent decision by the Court of Claims (Hon. Thomas H. Scuccimarra) approved  the Claimant Emil Realty’s request for an additional three months to file its appraisal report valuing the subject property (530 Gardner Avenue, and a permanent easement over 518 Gardner Avenue). The parties had previously stipulated to other extensions, however the State refused to consent to a further extension beyond the February 15, 2015 deadline as it had already filed its appraisal, and argued it would be prejudiced by the imposition of additional statutory interest at 9% from… read more

Posted in Appraisers, Lawyers, Litigation, New York, Recent cases
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Appellate Division Decides Mazur Brothers v State: Verified Petition Issue

The Appellate Division Second Department issued a decision on July 15, 2015 where it reversed the order of the Court of Claims (Ruderman, J.,) dated November 13, 2013, which dismissed Mazur Brother’s Petition for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The Appellate Division reinstated the Petition as it concluded that service of the Petition without a verification did not constitute an incurable “jurisdictional” defect. The background of the matter is as follows: Claimant Mazur Brothers Realty, Inc. filed a Verified Petition seeking to recover money owed from New York State’s appropriation… read more

Posted in Eminent Domain, New York, Recent cases
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NYU Case Update: Court of Appeals Rejects Public Trust Doctrine

We are writing to provide an update on the NYU Expansion case. We previously covered the litigation on this matter in a blog post from February 2015, which can be read here. By way of background, New York University (NYU) received approval from the New York City Council to expand its campus. The project involved de-mapping certain areas currently designated as streets on City maps and using them, either permanently or for some part of 20 years, in connection with construction of new buildings. The four disputed parcels (Mercer Playground, LaGuardia Park,… read more

Posted in New York, NYU Expansion, Public Parkland
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Matter of City of New York (Staten Island Land Corp.)

The Supreme Court, Richmond County (Hon. Wayne P. Saitta) recently issued a decision valuing wetlands located in Stated Island that were acquired as part of the New Creek Bluebelt Phase 3 project. The case is Matter of City of New York (New Creek Phase 3), Sup. Ct., Richmond Cty, Hon. Wayne P. Saitta, Index No., 4013/06. The property at issue was acquired by the City on November 3, 2006. The total area taken was 45,208 square feet, which included a non-contiguous lot (lot 14) of approximately 5,203 feet.The property was… read more

Posted in Eminent Domain, New York, Offer & Compensation, Valuation, Wetlands
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Appraisal Institute Event at World Trade Center 1

Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton recently had the pleasure of attending the Appraisal Institute meeting of the New York Chapter, held on the 63rd floor of World Trade Center 1. Joined by esteemed New York area appraisers, we took in in breath-taking views and listened to a presentation given by the Durst Organization. The presentation covered the details of the vision, daily operation, and management of WTC 1. We have included a few pictures for your viewing pleasure:    

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