Local Legal Update: March Court Win Defended by FHL

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Local Legal Update: March Court Win Defended by FHL

FHL has been actively defending the public’s right to determine what happens to the High Line.

In July, demolition proponents appealed FHL’s court victory of March 2002, in which Honorable Justice Diane A. Lebedeff of the Supreme Court of the State of New York found that controversial plans to demolish the High Line were “undertaken in violation of ‘lawful procedure’ and [were] and ‘error of law.’”

Responding to the appeal in early August, FHL, in partnership with the New York City Council, the Manhattan Borough President, and six Chelsea residents and businessowners, filed a powerful opposition brief asserting that Justice Lebedeff’s ruling was reasonable and appropriate when it found that demolition plans were required to go through ULURP, a City-Charter public review process. The brief was written by counsel at Emery Cuti Brinckerhoff & Abady, the firm that secured our victory in March. Court arguments are scheduled for October. A decision is expected sometime this winter. We are optimistic that the March court win will withstand appeal and that FHL can stop attempts by demolition proponents to skirt sensible, mandatory public review.