Property Rights Foundation of America®

News Brief
Summer 2002

NY City DEP Intimidates Owners of Driveways Across City Watershed Property

PRFA been trying since March to receive a reply to a Freedom of Information request about the practice of New York City's Department of Environmental Protection of intimidating landowners to accept revocable yearly permits to continue accessing their private land by using established driveways across the City's watershed properties. PRFA is attempting to learn who the property owners are who have been contacted by the City. Increasing numbers of property owners may have a problem accessing their land as the City continues its ambitious land-buying spree. It is becoming more difficult to use private property in the Catskills and East-of-Hudson watershed because of the City's land-use regulations, which may be stimulating "willing sellers."

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