2009-09-04 / Letters

Emperor' Michael Bloomberg

Dear Editor,

I read an article by Dana Berliner in the August 24 issue of The Daily News. Berliner is an attorney for the Institute for Justice, the main force trying to reform eminent domain ever since the famous Supreme Court decision in 2005, that is now known as the Kelo case. What was missing from Berliner's article were a few important facts that New Yorkers should know.

"Emperor" Mayor Michael Bloomberg, together with Governor George Pataki, decided that it was okay to evict 85-year-old Susettee Kelo from the home she was born and raised in to make way for the developers. Bloomberg had his Corporation Council lawyer Michael Cordoza file a brief supporting the developers. In a way one could say that Bloomberg hired an attorney at taxpayers' expense to make sure that the developers got what they wanted.

Bloomberg is no stranger to these tactics. Just look at what he has done to term limits in order to give himself a few more years to carry out his policies for the city, a great deal of which deal with developments on the waterfronts. According to Berliner, New York is one of the nation's worst abusers of eminent domain. When the Supreme Court made the ruling about eminent domain, it said that the decision would be up to each individual state. Only seven states went in favor of eminent domain, and there are numerous lawsuits challenging the states' own laws. One of the lawsuits is about the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. Bloomberg will be cozying up to the organizations and politicians in the communities. I say, do everything in your power to get people to vote "Emperor Mike" out of City Hall and let him take all his greed and corruption with him.

JOHN BAXTER

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