Friday, May 4, 2012
Taxpayers responsible for Willets Point property owners' legal fees
From Gideon's Trumpet:
What is clear is that in New York, as elsewhere, an abandonment of a condemnation action requires the condemnor to reimburse the property owners for their litigation expenses, including attorneys, appraisers and other expert fees. The prevailing owners’ counsel is Michael Rikon, who is without a doubt New York’s best eminent domain lawyer, and we wish him well on this singular accomplishment.
So taxpayers are being forced to not only pay for a boondoggle project that's not going to happen but also for the legal costs of the landowners that fought against it. Great job by NYC's fiscal watchdog, Mike Bloomberg! Remember, this is the financial genius we were told the City just couldn't do without, so the City Council extended term limits to keep him.
How many schools, parks, road repairs, police officers, teachers, etc. could we have put that money toward instead?