2009-06-19 / Letters

Disagree On Eminent Domain

Dear Editor,

Your Editorial in the September 21st issue on Eminent Domain was good. However, I don't agree with all of it. It is important to know that Corporation Council Michael Cardoza traveled all the way to Connecticut to file a friend of the court brief supporting the developers. Surely he didn't do that without the Mayor's consent. Therefore we cannot expect the Mayor to follow our state laws that only allows the taking of private property for a public purpose. The federal Judges made it clear that the states have a right to keep their present laws on Eminent Domain. I believe our Governor George Pataki and our Mayor Michael Bloomberg want the latest Supreme Court ruling. Here is my reason for believing that.

The Institute for Justice in Washington DC gave three million dollars to Castle Coalition to reach out to all the Governors and Mayors across America to encourage them to sign pledges. It is called, Hands Off My Home Pledge. Here is what the Governors pledge says.

I pledge to the citizens of this State that I will: Oppose efforts by my state government or municipalities within my state to use the power of eminent domain for private development. Support legislation and " other efforts to ensure that the citizens of this State are safe from eminent domain for private development. The Governor did not sign the pledge.

For the Mayor, I pledge to the citizens of this City that I will:

Oppose efforts by my city to use the government power of eminent domain for private development.

Support legislation and other efforts to ensure that the citizens of this state are safe from eminent domain for private development.

The mayor did not sign the pledge.

So when you return home on Election Day after pulling the lever for Bloomberg he might be waiting at your house with the developer to tell you he is taking your home.

JOHN BAXTER

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