Eminent Domain Reform Passes Legislature Unanimously Again
Under the leadership of Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky (D-Elmsford) and Senator Vincent Leibell (R-Patterson), a bill to require notification of property owners before their property is condemned unanimously passed both houses of the New York State Legislature in June. A bill for the same purpose passed unanimously last year but was vetoed by Gov. George E. Pataki. The framers of the bill revised it from last year's version to meet objections by the Pataki Administration that the notification process would be too expensive because it could require title searches. Notification under the current bill would be done by simply mailing notices to property owners at the names and addresses appearing on the real estate tax assessment rolls.