Monday, November 3, 2008

Queens law firm in fight vs. Michigan developer on LI

The Town of Oyster Bay has allocated more money to continue the fight to overturn a judge's order to allow a proposed luxury mall in Syosset.

In a 6-1 vote, the board yesterday agreed to pay a total of $70,000 to the Kew Gardens-based law firm of Giaimo Associates and to Joseph Bellacosa, a former judge for the state court of appeals, which is the highest court in the state.

Including this disbursement, the town has spent $375,000 on attorney's fees since 2001 when it became the defendant in a lawsuit initiated by Michigan-based Taubman Centers Inc. over the developer's plans for a $500-million mall, on a site known as the Cerro Wire property, that would include Barney's New York, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Town Supervisor John Venditto said the money has been well-spent.

"What price do you put on safeguarding the town from a misguided development?" Venditto said. "This is a project that can have tremendous adverse effects on our environment and quality of life."

In June, acting State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Arlen Spinner slammed the town for delaying the development and ordered it to issue a permit for the project and approve its site plan.


Oyster Bay spends more in legal fight against developer

4 comments:

Taxpayer said...

"In June, acting State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Arlen Spinner slammed the town for delaying the development and ordered it to issue a permit for the project and approve its site plan."

How's that for impudence?

The town has the authority to issue or deny the permit for the project. If the residents believe the town officials acted wrongly, the residents can vote them out.

But, along comes a judge, and decides to overrule the taxpaying, voting, citizen residents because only he, the judge, truly understands the issue.

The developers have the money. You just have to wonder if it was used to purchase a decision from this impudent judge.

If the project has any value now, it will have value next year, or five, ten years from now, when the sovereign voters in the town decide that they want it.

Impeach the judge!

Anonymous said...

Giaimo vs. a developer? Very interesting indeed. I recall he was on the other side when it came to the historic RKO Theater in Flushing. He was Huang's attorney. But then again, who wasn't Huang's attorney....

-Joe said...

All the fault of that mother F- Tom Souzzi who was town supervisor at the time.
This guy wants to do away with zoning and cityfie EVERTHING into high density with mass transit hubs. Want's everybody to take in tweeds and sec 8s

The sad saga of mob curruption and devolopment has gone on for 1/4 century in Glen Cove.

Tom Suozzi's father Joe was also mayor of the City of Glen Cove, as did his uncle, Vinnie Souzzi.
His his cousin, Ralph Souzzi is the current mayor.
There are also some Souzzi's in cement, construction, zoning and carting up there.

-Joe

Anonymous said...

He is still on the other side. Joe Giaimo of Giaimo & Associates, LLP. is presently representing the Huang's. The Huang's are notorious for destroying other people's property and not paying for the damages. Hence, impending litigation.