Private Property

Goldstein v. New York State Urban Development Corporation

Brief Details

Authors
Jeff Rowes
Senior Attorney
Dana Berliner
Senior Vice President and Litigation Director
Robert McNamara
Senior Attorney
Date Filed
09/03/2009
Court
New York Supreme Court
If you own a piece of property in New York, you should care deeply about a case about to be argued before the state’s highest court. Goldstein v. New York State Urban Development Corporation—a challenge to New York’s controversial use of eminent domain to hand privately owned businesses and homes in Brooklyn over to private developer Forest City Ratner as part of the Atlantic Yards development—could impact the rights of anyone who owns property in the Empire State.  This will be the first time the State Court of Appeals—New York’s highest court—considers limits on the use of eminent domain since the infamous 2005 Kelo v. City of New London eminent domain case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which allowed eminent domain for private development and sparked a nationwide backlash.  The court will hear oral arguments in the case in Albany on October 14, at 2 p.m.