Archive | 2019

MEMO TO APPRAISERS: KEEP IT SIMPLE

          An interesting decision from the Fourth Department presents the issue of can an appraisal be limited to the study of specific economic measurements.  Most appraisals of property taken in condemnation consider the three basic methods of valuation, Viz.: comparable sales or market data approach; capitalization of income; or, the cost or specialty approach.           In Matter of Rochester Genesee Regional Trans. Auth. v Stensrud, ___ AD3d ____ (June 7, 2019), the condemnor’s motion to strike that part of claimant’s appraisal report with respect to “investment value” and to preclude… read more

Posted in Appraisal, Methods of Valuation, Uncategorized
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THERE CAN BE NO LIMIT ON JUST COMPENSATION

          We recently took over some files that pertained to takings by the County of Suffolk.  The prior attorney inserted a dollar amount in the filed claim.  Later, upon the preparation of the pre-trial order, the condemnor’s counsel objected to the insertion of a higher amount which matched appraised damages.  Former counsel stated that he inserted an amount into the claim merely as a placeholder until an appraisal was completed.           Eminent Domain Procedure Law (“EDPL”) § 504 specifies the information that should be included in a claim.  It does… read more

Posted in Condemnation Claims, Just Compensation, There can be no limit to Just Compensation, Uncategorized
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SHAME ON YOU SUFFOLK COUNTY: THE ATTEMPT TO STEAL JUST COMPENSATION

          I recently tried a claim which involved the taking of an easement on a beach front property.  The taking was to build a protective dune on Fire Island.           The dune was part of a federally funded program developed after Hurricane Sandy.  The County claimed that the dune was a special benefit to the property.  Let’s define the terms:           Nichols on Eminent Domain, Third Ed., Sec. 8A.04(2) provides, “General benefits are those benefits which result from the fulfilment of the public project which necessitated the taking and are… read more

Posted in Easements, Partial Takings, Special Benefit, Uncategorized
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR MY JUST COMPENSATION

          Just when you thought you heard it all, up comes a new, ridiculous statement by a condemnor.           I was in court yesterday before a judge who was trying his best to settle a claim for the partial taking of an apartment building and two stores.  I was not sanguine of a favorable result based on the spread of damages.  The property was very valuable on Third Avenue in Manhattan.  In the course of discussions, the MTA attorneys told the judge that “we already paid out more than $5… read more

Posted in Advance Payments, Just Compensation, Uncategorized
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SCULPTURE TRAIL V SEWER LINE. WHO DO YOU THINK WON?

          The Appellate Division, Fourth Department, handed down on June 7, 2019, one of those rare decisions, granting a petitioner’s proceeding to annul a determination authorizing a condemnation.  In the Matter of the Frank J. Ludovico Sculpture Trail Corp. v Town of Seneca Falls, ___ AD3d ___, the petitioner commenced this original proceeding pursuant to EDPL 207 seeking to annul a determination of respondent to acquire an easement along a nature trail commemorating the women’s rights movement in order to install a sewer line.  The Court agreed with petitioner that… read more

Posted in Challenges to Condemnation, Compliance with Article 8 of ECL, EDPL 207, Uncategorized
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