"Neighbors Rescue Small Bookstores By Investing
In Them" - News Brief, PRFA,
"Federal Judge Orders Overhaul of Selection of
New York State Supreme Court Judges" PRFA, February 2006
"A Wake-Up Call
Organizing for Success" Proceedings of the Fifth
Annual New York Conference on
Private Property Rights
Publications Order Form
"Zoning and Building Codes New Crimes, New Power"
Positions on Property, Vol. 3, No. 2 (PRFA, May 1996)
U.S. House of Representatives
Additional Helpful Organizations
to our Friends and Other Resources
short descriptions, and web site links, where available)
Intrusion on County SoilA Zoning Tool" - By Albert
L. Wassenhove, Retired Business Executive, Ghent, N.Y., Presented
at Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights
(PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
The decision of the Office of International Affairs of the
National Park Service to reject Olana's request to be
designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site came after articulate
citizen reaction, objective press coverage, and conscientious
investigation by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors and
of Public Official from Office" - By John Salvador,
Jr., Citizen Resident & Property Owner, Lake George, N.Y.,
Brief Presentation at Select Citizen's Panel, Twelfth Annual
National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany,
N.Y., October 18, 2008)
Mr. Salvador explained and shared copies of his petition to
the Supreme Court Appellate Division for removal of public officer
(tax assessor) in accordance with Section 36 of the New York
State Public Officers Law.
of Occupancy without Building Inspection" - By Kenneth
Switzer, Rock Stream, N.Y., Select Citizen's Panel-Brief Presentation,
Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights
(PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
Using every imaginable tactic to put pressure on the town
officials, Mr. Switzer succeeded in persuading them to allow
him to sign a waiver of liability and the town gave him a certificate
of occupancy in his seven-year-old house without a building inspection.
- "The Secret to Organizing"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation
of America, Inc. (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.,
Position Brief, August 2008)
After citizens begin to express their anger about an issue
such as eminent domain for private development, often elected
officials will jump at the occasion to impress the public at
a public meeting. The citizen should view this as an opportunity
to bring the elected official on board and keep up the heat until
victory is won.
and Trembling"- By Carol W. LaGrasse ("Worth Commenting,"
Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse,
Vol. 10, No. 1, PRFA, Winter 2006)
Most property owners faced with the threatening experience
of dealing with DEC wetlands bureaucrats and APA officials are
so terrified that that they will not ask their elected representatives
for assistance. Anyway, representatives can not be counted on
to help property owners facing unjust environmental permit conditions
and enforcement, but, instead, are good at getting grants for
Your RepresentativeHow To Be Heard" - By Carol
W. LaGrasse (PRFA Position Brief, March 2006)
The most effective way to influence your representative is
to visit the official at the capitol or the district office,
either as an informed individual citizen, as part of a group
visit, or as a participant in a rally or lobbying day.
- "Write for
Property Rights Act Now, After Kelo, A Time of
Outrage and Opportunity" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA,
The State Senate hearing at the Capitol left the impression
that delaying action on eminent domain could be used to diffuse
the outrage over the Kelo v. New London ruling. A revised
definition of blight might lull citizens into false security.
But Senator DeFrancisco has a bill to restore constitutional
limits to eminent domain and he and Assemblyman Brodsky have
proposed that condemnation by authorities be approved by elected
of Engagement"-By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property
Rights Foundation of America. Speech to the Ninth Annual National
Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y.,
October 22, 2005)
"First of all, fight to win. Set your goals. Speak your
issue clearly to be heard by the government and by those who
can follow you," begins Carol LaGrasse's short,
to-the-point summary of the basic, essential rules for grassroots
success in defending private property rights at every level.
Property Rights Ombudsman Legislation" - By Craig M.
Call, Utah State Property Rights Ombudsman Speech to the Ninth
Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA,
Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
The Utah Property Rights Ombudsman has successfully acted
as a neutral third party to make sure that people have straight
answers to the questions that they face in land use and eminent
domain situations involving state and local government. "I
try to make the law work better for individuals who call me,"
said Mr. Call. U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch has proposed legislation
for a federal property rights ombudsman within the Department
of Transportation. (Note: The Ombudsman has been proposed as
eminent domain legislation in the New York State Assembly and
Senate - 2006)
Holds Successful Ninth Annual National Property Rights Conference"
- PRFA, October 2005
This report describes national leaders and local activists
addressing a rapt audience of individuals gathered October 22,
2005 at the Turf Holiday Inn, Albany, N.Y., about the theme "Rules
of Engagement for Defending Our Private Property Rights."
Bill Moshofsky, Oregonians in Action, gave the Keynote on
Oregon's Measure 37 referendum. Four of the prominent
speakers exclusively addressed how citizens can battle the Supreme
Court's destructive Kelo v. New London eminent
Successfully Against the Sacandaga Reservoir Regulating District"-By
Guy Poulin, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference
on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22,
Guy Poulin, a resident of Northville in Saratoga County, rallied
the shoreline owners on the Great Sacandaga Lake when the Hudson
River Black River Regulating District Commission obscurely announced
that the access permit fees would go sky high. His researched
the law controlling the fees, exposed the new scheme, which was
illegal, and aroused the property owners to action.
- "Rise Up -
A Call to Regain Private Property Rights After Kelo v. New
London" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, (PRFA, July 2005)
Each of us should take on the task of counteracting the U.S.
Supreme Court's Susette Kelo v. City of New London
decision. We must use our influence on local government and the
state legislature to prohibit eminent domain to take property
from one private owner to transfer it to another private person
for the purpose of economic development.
Have Agendas" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA November
Government grants put never-ending streams of money toward
preservationist objectives that diminish private property rights.
Prime examples are National Heritage Areas, regional planning,
trails, and government land acquisition.
- "The Freedom
of Information Request" (With Sample Letter) - By Carol
W. LaGrasse (PRFA Background Brief, December 2004)
Knowledge is the first key to success in defending private
property rights. Although based on New York and federal freedom
of information law, this article has important information applicable
anywhere in the United States.
Proposed Rondout Creek Canalway Trail-Defending Property Owners"
- By Joseph Havranek, Rondout Landowners Alliance, Seventh Annual
New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, October
A classic of successful activism. FOIL Requests revealed that
the true intent of the local project in Rosendale and Marbletown
was a 108-mile trail linking the Hudson and Delaware Rivers.
The Rondout Landowners Alliance got the information to the people
and went on the offensive.
Property Rights Primer How to Educate Yourself"
By Susan Allen, Keene Valley, N.Y. (PRFA, December 10, 2002)
Don't rely on others. If you have been hit with a property
rights issue, "you need to become very knowledgeable
in a very great hurry." This primer by an expert
tells you how to gather information about government programs
and land ownership without any prior background.
Edge Litigation for the Future" - Madeline Sheila Galvin,
Galvin and Morgan, Delmar, N.Y., Speech, Sixth Annual New York
Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, November 16, 2002)
Property owners must stand up again and again to bureaucrats
in the court room. Gather documents from bureaucrats by doing
Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests long before going
- A Wake-Up
CallOrganizing for Success, Proceedings of the
Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights,
edited by Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America,
National leaders and experts reveal essentials about reaching
your representative, exposing government to the light of day,
effective media work, web outreach, cable television, the successful
newsletter, keeping a group together, building coalitions, and
fund-raisingall in the context of defending freedom.
Land Designations" - Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, October
Using National Park Service proposal as an example, outlines
essential strategies applicable to all national land designations,
including Demanding to Know Bounds, Publicity, Washington Trips,
Letters to the Editor, Letters to Congress, Notices to Property
Owners, The Rally, and more.
Against Excessive Zoning" - Thomas A. Miller,
Founding Member, Allegany Citizens Rights Committee, Allegany,
N.Y., from Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference
on Private Property Rights (1998)