Long-sought Vision Begins to be Realized
Property Rights Legal Foundation Inaugurated
Spontaneous Applause Greets Sheila Galvin's Announcement
It was the most exciting moment of the Property Rights Foundation of America's Seventh Annual Conference. Attorney Madeline Sheila Galvin stepped to the podium during the luncheon to announce a new venture. She recalled the years that the idea of forming a separate legal foundation had been contemplated. She announced that the Property Rights Legal Foundation was just incorporated.
Sheila Galvin said, "Carol LaGrasse has had a vision for a long time of what was going on with government, land regulation, and private land rights. She has very successfully communicated this to persons throughout the state and throughout the nation."
"There are numerous other foundations which provide legal support and advantages to people who are able to seek them out and obtain support from them," she continued. "However, many of those other legal foundations seek to assist in cases which they believe will be landmark cases."
"Not every case is a landmark, but every person's rights are a landmark issue for them," Ms. Galvin declared. "Carol has consistently helped the small property owner, the person who has a real problem for them, a problem which is not going to get great news or national attention, but which is just as important as those landmark cases. Those are the people who cannot necessarily afford to fight the government... Carol has set up this Property Rights Legal Foundation to help the people who cannot afford that kind of battle, who cannot be in a position where they can set out their entire life's savings to protect their home, their property interests, to protect what'd been guaranteed to them in the United States Constitution."
As Sheila Galvin passionately addressed the gathered property rights leaders, they rose in spontaneous applause, joining in the same hope expressed next by Carol LaGrasse, that somehow this dream would succeed.
Almost ten years earlier, the Property Rights Foundation of America, which has had so many accomplishments, was incorporated without any financial backing. Carol responded to the applause with the words, "It might be possible that in another ten years the Property Rights Legal Foundation will be making great inroads! Let's hope and pray that's possible."
Carol expressed appreciation to Sheila Galvin, James Morgan, and Jeremy Chen of Galvin and Morgan, Attorneys in Delmar, N.Y., for their work incorporating the not-for-profit organization, which received its certification of incorporation from the New York Department of State on September 30, 2003. The initial members of the board of directors of the corporation are Henry R. Dittmer of Bay Shore, Long Island, who has been leading the battle for compensation by the property owners in the Long Island Pine Barrens; Adrian Tiemann of Manhattan, who has valiantly fought the imposition of rent control on small apartment owners in New York City; and Carol LaGrasse.
The primary purpose of the Property Rights Legal Foundation is "to promote freedom, property rights, civil rights, [and] constitutionally guaranteed rights." The idea of the foundation is to help individuals defend their personal property rights and to preserve the American tradition of private property ownership. Along with its legal goals, the organization will extend its efforts to inform the public about fundamental principles behind the property rights lawsuits and to convey to the public the human side, the personal importance, of private property rights.
Photo: Peter J. LaGrasse