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12th Annual National Conference
on Private Property Rights
October 2008

Updates and News Briefs

"Neighbors Rescue Small Bookstores By Investing In Them" - News Brief, PRFA, January 2008

"Federal Judge Orders Overhaul of Selection of New York State Supreme Court Judges" PRFA, February 2006

See Also
See Also

Citizens Strategies for Defending Private Property Rights

Defeating Zoning and Building Codes - New York

Defeating Land Designations

Reaching Your Representative

Freedom of Speech and Property Rights - New York

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

"A Wake-Up Call — Organizing for Success" Proceedings of the Fifth Annual New York Conference on
Private Property Rights
— PRFA 2000
Publications Order Form

"Zoning and Building Codes — New Crimes, New Power"
Positions on Property, Vol. 3, No. 2 (PRFA, May 1996)
Publications Order Form


U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

Additional Helpful Organizations

Links to our Friends and Other Resources
(Names, addresses, short descriptions, and web site links, where available)


In-Depth Information

  • Albert L. Wassenhove"Foreign Intrusion on County Soil—A 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 Planning Director.
  • John Salvador, Jr."Removal 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.
  • "Certificate 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.
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"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.
  • "Fear 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 communities.
  • "Visiting Your Representative—How 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, January 2006)
    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 bodies.
  • "Rules 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.
  • Craig Call"National 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)
  • "PRFA 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 domain ruling.
  • Guy Poulin"Organizing 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, 2005)
    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.
  • "Grants Have Agendas" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA November 15, 2004
    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.
  • Joseph Havranek"The 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 18, 2003)
    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.
  • Susan Allen"A 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.
  • Madeline Shiela Galvin, Esq."Cutting 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 to court.
  • A Wake-Up Call—Organizing for Success, Proceedings of the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights, edited by Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.
    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-raising—all in the context of defending freedom.
  • "Defeating Land Designations" - Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, October 16, 2000
    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.
  • Thomas A. Miller"Organizing 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)

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