Archive | Speaking Appearances

Staten Island Real Estate Developer Talk

On January 13, 2016, Michael Rikon gave a roundtable luncheon speech to some of Staten Island’s most prominent real estate developers about New York City’s (“City”) storm water program for Staten Island and how the City chose to condemn wetlands instead of constructing storm sewer lines. The storm water program, the “Bluebelt,” encompasses 16 watersheds and approximately 12,000 acres.  Once the City chose a wetland parcel to condemn, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation would not issue a wetland permit for that parcel. Mr. Rikon discussed the City’s… read more

Posted in Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Abuse, New York, Regulatory Taking, Speaking Appearances, Wetlands
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Michael Rikon Spoke at the New York State Judicial Institute on April 7, 2015

Below is a part of the paper presented.   New York State Judicial Institute April 7, 2015 By Michael Rikon[1] VALUATION OF PROPERTY Real property value is very dependent on the factual circumstances presented.  It is also dependent on the reason for the need to value the property. The same property may be valued differently as of the same date depending on whether the subject property was taken in an eminent domain proceeding, or, it’s assessed value is questioned in a tax certiorari proceeding.  The value of real property may… read more

Posted in Highest and Best Use, Speaking Appearances, Valuation
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Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C. Recognized as a “Legal Leader”

Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton, P.C. was recently recognized as a one of “New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014” by Legal Leaders magazine. The list can be seen in New York magazine, the Legal Leaders magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. The write up reads as follows: Since 1923, the law firm of Goldstein, Rikon, Rikon & Houghton has been at the forefront of protecting property owners’ constitutional rights, as the only law firm in New York State concentrating exclusively in the area of eminent domain and condemnation… read more

Posted in Published Articles, Recent cases, Speaking Appearances
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596 Acres Exhibit Explores Urban Renewal Plans & Eminent Domain Use

Michael Rikon will be leading a discussion of the law of eminent domain at the Queens Museum on January 18, 2015. The program is part of an exhibit organized by 596 acres that will examine all 155+ urban renewal plans adopted by the City. New York City began to adopt “urban renewal plans” in 1949 to get federal funding to acquire land, relocate the people living there, demolish the structures and make way for new public and private development. The legacy of these neighborhood master plans remains active across the… read more

Posted in Continuing Legal Education, Eminent Domain, Speaking Appearances
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Michael Rikon to Present on Cross Examination at ALI CLE Conference in San Francisco

Michael Rikon will be presenting on the “Cross Examining Appraisers: Taking Apart the Key Witness” at this year’s ALI CLE Eminent Domain and Land Value Litigation Conference. The Conference will be held at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco from February 5-7, 2015. Registration is now open by clicking here. What follows below is an advance look at Mr. Rikon’s comments and article he will share at the conference. His presentation will cover such topics as USPAP standards, prior appraisals, impeachment of the expert, and examining the appraiser’s sources. We hope… read more

Posted in Appraisers, Continuing Legal Education, Litigation, Published Articles, Speaking Appearances
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