Friday, April 20, 2012
Local tweeders oppose federal property rights bill
Excerpts of a news conference held by Willets Point United Inc. on April 12, 2012 in support of the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 1433), which would punish states that allow eminent domain to be used for economic development purposes. The bill passed the United States House of Representatives on February 28, 2012 by an overwhelming and bipartisan voice vote, and is now being considered by the Senate judiciary committee.
Congressmember Joseph Crowley is on record opposing this legislation. There is no doubt that his cousin, Elizabeth Crowley, supports the theft of private property to benefit private development. Yet, she opposes eminent domain for public park projects in her district.
Crowley's hand-picked party hack, er, congressional candidate, Grace Meng, likely feels the same way. Don't know what Rory Lancman thinks. It's not like anyone in the media will bother to ask any of them.
Highlights of the press conference:
WPU attorney Michael Rikon: "Passing the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012 will stop the condemnation of Willets Point, and it will stop eminent domain abuse in New York State."
State Senator Tony Avella: "I say to the U.S. Senate, 'Let's pass this legislation'. Let's have the President sign it into law."
City Council Member Dan Halloran: "Senators Gillibrand and Schumer are people who should understand the values of New Yorkers. … They have an obligation to make sure this bill gets to the floor."
Property owner Irene Prestigiacomo: "What Mike Bloomberg is trying to do here at Willets Point has now been deemed inappropriate by the United States House of Representatives."
Queens civic leader Ben Haber: "I am particularly upset by the prostitution of the time-honored concept of eminent domain."
Business owner Marco Neira: "Please stop harassing us. Let us work!"
Business owner Arturo Olaya: "Eminent domain is not supposed to be taking property from the people to give it to somebody else for favors."
Business owner's daughter Tana Quillupangui: "I just hope that the Senate approves of this."