Manhattan Supreme Justice Donna Mills ruled that the City, "alienated public parkland without approval by the New York State legislature in violation of the Public Trust Doctrine.” Construction on the $6 billion, 20-year plan can not begin until the Legislature authorizes removal of the park space.
The City Council rubber stamped the project in July 2012. In September 2012, eleven groups filed suit against City for illegally approving NYU Sexton expansion plan for Greenwich Village.
This is the second time in two weeks a judge has ruled that the Bloomberg administration broke the law by illegally alienating parkland. On December 20th a Brooklyn judge ruled that the Parks Department and NYS DEC by issuing a permit allowed 20 acres in Spring Creek Park near Jamaica Bay to be used by the Department of Sanitation for a solid waste facility.
- Geoffrey Croft