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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

NY State Left Behind in "Kelo's Revenge"

On Tuesday nine of eleven states passed ballot measures restricting the use of eminent domain in the wake of the nationally despised Kelo v. City of New London Supreme Court decision of 2005. That decision opened the door for broad definitions of "public benefit" justifying the government's seizure of private property to transfer to private entities. The ballot measures which passed narrowed the meaning of "public use" as a corrective to eminent domain abuse which, over the past 50 years, has perverted the intentions of the Fifth Amendment. The two states that didn't pass their ballot measures saw eminent domain reform hijacked by different agendas that made the bills too broad for passage. All the measures that passed did so with at least 63% of the vote.

It is clear that American citizens understand eminent domain abuse better than most of the officials they elect, and want to see it returned to its proper, constititutional use. When pure eminent domain reform is proposed we consistently find ordinary citizens pitted against municipalities and real estate developers with vested interests in keeping eminent domain laws as broad as possible.

New York State and Forest City Ratner, we believe, are abusing eminent domain in an unconstitutional manner, and owners and tenants in the proposed "Atlantic Yards" footprint have filed a federal lawsuit saying so. New York State, perhaps one of the worst abusers after only New Jersey, was unable to bring numerous eminent domain reform bills out of the Assembly judiciary committee. The Senate judiciary committee did move bills forward to the Senate but they have not moved forward. Albany has not even been able to pass a bill that would simply set up a commission to further study the need for eminent domain reform. Thus New Yorkers are left with only one option to protect their rights–the courts. (By the way, oddly enough, Governor Pataki did indeed prohibit eminent domain for the NY Interconnect power line project–a traditional public use–while supporting it fully for Ratner's luxury housing and arena project–a non-traditional use. Pataki is named as a defendant in the lawsuit referred to above.)

The Castle Coalition has the full results of the various ballot meausres around the country.

CNNMoney accuratley calls it "Kelo's Revenge."

And the Atlantic Yards Report examines the measure passed in Michigan and how the Michigan measure would impact "Atlantic Yards" were such legislation passed in Albany:
After Michigan vote, AY project wouldn't fly there

What if the Atlantic Yards project were proposed for Michigan? It would be much, much tougher to approve a project that, like AY, is predicated on the elimination of blight. On Tuesday, Michigan voters by a 4-1 margin endorsed a constitutional amendment tightening the use of eminent domain. 

According to the summary by the Michigan League of Women Voters, the amendment will:
--Prohibit government from taking private property for transfer to another private individual or business for purposes of economic development or increasing tax revenue. 
--Provide that if an individual's principal residence is taken by government for public use, the individual must be paid at least 125% of property's fair market value. 
--Require government that takes a private property to demonstrate that the taking is for a public use; if taken to eliminate blight, require a higher standard of proof to demonstrate that the taking of that property is for a public use...

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Posted: 11.09.06
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