Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Council says Willets eminent domain plan is doomed
Mayor Bloomberg's plan to redevelop gritty Willets Point in Queens is "doomed" unless the city guarantees it will not use eminent domain to take people's land, a majority of the City Council said in a letter Tuesday.
City Council members warn Mayor Bloomberg on Willets Point plan
The letter - signed by 30 of 51 Councilmembers - was sent to City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden on Tuesday afternoon - a day before the City Planning Commission holds a hearing on the controversial plan.
The council members said they were in "absolute opposition" to Bloomberg's plan and demanded the city take "eminent domain off the table."
"This is about when it is right for the government to take people's property," Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens), the letter's author, told the Daily News. "This speaks to the rights of Americans to hold property in America."
Melinda, Johnny, Peter & Anthony, where are you?