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Twenty-First Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights

 

Twentieth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights

~ Property Rights for the Future of America ~
October 22, 2016

The Century House
Latham, New York

Conference Location
The Century House

Full Conference Program & Hotel & Travel Information

All speeched will be posted as they are transcribed

Registration: Meet the Speakers, Book Signing, Light Breakfast Buffet
 

Welcome

 
 Opening Address
 
  • William Perry Pendley“If You Can Keep It” - By William Perry Pendley, Esq., Chief Counsel, Mountain States Legal Foundation, Lakewood, Colorado

    Biography of Jay H. Lehr, Ph.D.
 
Morning Addresses — Property Rights at the Center of Diverse Causes
 
Irene Prestigiacomo, Robert LoScalzo
Irene Prestigiacomo, Robert LoScalzo
 
Team Presentation — The Right to Differ with Global Warming Doctrine
Biography of Michael Diederich
 
Biography of Michael Diederich
 
Buffet Luncheon and Awards
  • The Property Rights Foundation of America presented awards to two noteworthy speakers in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the rights of private property owners

 Keynote Address

  • “A Question of Navigability” - By Dennis J. Phillips, Esq., Senior Partner, McPhillips Fitzgerald & Cullum L.L.P., Glens Falls, N. Y.

    Biography of John S. Marwell, Esq.
 
Afternoon Addresses:
Corrupt Government: Its Purpose Turned Upside Down
 
First Afternoon Address
  • Robert Brace“Facing off EPA Wetlands & Watershed Regulations — One Man’s 31-Year Legal Battle” - By Robert H. Brace, Owner, Robert Brace & Sons, Inc., Produce Farms, Waterford, Pennsylvania


 
Second Afternoon Address
  • Jigs and Jo Ann Gardner“Conservatism and Beauty in the Rugged Life” - By Jigs and Jo Ann Gardner
    Jigs: Writer, Assoc. Editor St. Croix Review
    Jo Ann: Writer, Lecturer, Horticulturist
    West Port, New York
 
Special Guest Speaker
  • Joanthan Wood“Supreme Court Unlocks the Door for Property Owners” - By Jonathan Wood, Environmental Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation, Arlington, Virginia

    Biography of Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq.
 
Closing Address
 
  • Lawrence A. Kogan“A UN and Tribal Takeover” - By Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq., Kogan Law Group, New York, N. Y.

    Biography of Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq.
 

 

Clayton Dethlefson,
Carol LaGrasse,
and Congressman Tom Reed

Nineteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights

~ The Noble Tradition ~
Private Property Rights to Protect People & Communities
October 17, 2015

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The Century House
Latham, New York

Conference Location
The Century House

Advance Conference Announcement

Full Conference Program & Hotel & Travel Information

All Speeches Posted in Full.

Registration: Meet the Speakers, Book Signing, Light Breakfast Buffet
 

Welcome

  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Liberties to Cherish & ‘Protections’ to Reject” - By Carol W. LaGrasse, P. E., - President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Stony Creek, N.Y.
    All of our freedoms protected by the Constitution and Bill of Rights must be cherished and the governments so-called protections of people from their own foibles and the frivolous protections of wildlife should be rejected. Yesterday, the 100th gun show sponsored by the NEACA-New East Arms Collectors Association, where PRFA usually hosts an exhibit at Saratoga City Center, should have been an unsullied celebration, but it turned out to include a protest. Ironically, at this same time, the Big Green not-profits and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are building a force to restore wolves and cougars in New York. So our rights are under assault and the government is promoting dangers from which it should be protecting us. Private property rights are at the center of these issues.

    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
 
 Opening Address
 
  • “Holding Back the Tide of Eminent Domain” - By Jeremy Hopkins, Esq., Waldo & Lyle, P.C., Property Rights & Eminent Domain Attorneys, Norfolk, Virginia
    The Kelo v New London ruling awakened people to private property rights.
    Beginning with the 1950s Berman
    slum clearance case in Washington, D.C., the power of eminent domain has been expanded far beyond the idea of public use. The abuses of eminent domain run the gamut, including: unjust compensation, non-compensable damages, no right to jury trial, quick take, disregard of freedom of information law with impunity, and failure to compensate the property owner for expenses incurred to defend from eminent domain or to deal with misconduct. Immunity of individual officials and government often applies. The burden of proof usually falls on the property owner, unlike the burden of proof in criminal cases.

    Biography of Jay H. Lehr, Ph.D.
 
Morning Addresses — The Struggle for Property Rights
 
  • “Victory in Appellate Court against the City of New York, But Battles Loom” - Robert LoScalzo, Joseph Ardizzone, & Irene Prestigiacomo, Willets Point United, Willets Point, Queens County, N.Y. City.
    Robert LoScalzo updated the battle to save the industrial community of Willets Point in Queens County. He was joined by two courageous Willets Point leaders, property owner Irene Prestigiacomo and the community
    s sole resident, Joseph Ardizzone. The Willets Point group is now allied with other parties in a lawsuit where the lead plaintiff is State Senator Tony Avella and plaintiffs include the prestigious City Club of New York.
    They won a unanimous favorable ruling in State Appellate Court on July 2, 2015. That ruling would have stopped the City of New York and the developers from converting the parking area west of Citi Field stadium to a multi-story mall and erasing much of Willets Point
    s small industries for a huge parking lot. The court held that converting parkland adjacent to the stadium to a shopping mall without permission from the state legislature would be in violation of the Public Trust Doctrine. In a major reversal, Mayor Bill deBlasio decided in August not to appeal to the Court of Appeals, but the developers won permission to appeal. The case will be argued in 2016.
Irene Prestigiacomo, Robert LoScalzo
Irene Prestigiacomo, Robert LoScalzo
 
  • Matthew D. Norfolk, Esq.“The Old Mountain Road Saga Continues: DEC Ignores McCulley’s Court Victories and Reverses Its Own Judge’s Ruling” - Matthew D. Norfolk, Esq., Briggs Norfolk, LLP, Lake Placid, New York (remarks briefly updated to February 2016),
    In 2005, New York State Supreme Court Judge Andrew Halloran ruled against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and in favor of Jim McCulley that Old Mountain Road was a town highway and remained a highway open to motorized vehicles. DEC could have filed an appeal, but they would have had to go directly to the highest court of the state, the Court of Appeals, because first ruling in the case was at the local justice court. The Appellate Division would be skipped, to make the third level occur at the Court of Appeals. If DEC lost at the states highest court, the case would have made law for the entire state, hampering DECs policy of closing roads.
    Moving backwards, the DEC tried to litigate the road again in its own Administrative Court and lost. The Adirondack Park Agency has moved to intervene and reinstate the complaint where Jim McCulley has already won. Mr. Norfolk pointed out,
    We have used the freedom of information law to find discussions in 2009 with others before they planned litigation…We are claiming the state is trying to reinstate by proxy to accomplish malicious enforcement on behalf of others, with the Adirondack Council and Adirondack Park Agency acting together. This attempt to put the dispute into the Appellate Division is untimely and the record has been long closed. There is no power to review the May 2009 final determination.
    In August 2015, outgoing DEC Commissioner Joe Martens unilaterally declared Old Mountain Road closed, citing DEC
    s State Land Masterplan, where the area is declared wilderness. This is bogus.
Biography of Michael Diederich
 
  • “Property Rights Issues for the Upcoming Elections” - By James R. Streeter, Former Staff Director, House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests & Federal Lands, Washington, D.C.
    Not only are property rights threatened by big Wall Street money influencing the presidential campaign; property rights advocates face threats to stalwarts in the House Resources Committee [where many important policies on land issues are initiated]. Since Kelo, we do not see what real protection there is.
    For example, the Wilderness bill would usually have buffer zones — usually with two components. Think of the German word Lebensraum, here meaning protection on a
    landscape level. The National Park Service has its annual list — now every item is owned by a land trust; theyre serving as the advance purchasing agent.
Biography of Michael Diederich
 
Buffet Luncheon and Awards
  • The Property Rights Foundation of America presented awards to two noteworthy speakers in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the rights of private property owners

Congressman Tom Reed
Congressman Tom Reed
The Property Rights Foundation of America
Fifteenth Annual
New York State Private Property Rights Defender Award
Presented to
Congressman Tom Reed
In Recognition of His Defense of
Constitutionally Guaranteed Private Property Rights

Clayton H. Dethlefsen
Clayton H. Dethlefsen
The Property Rights Foundation of America
Sixteenth Annual Private Property Rights Advocate Award
Presented to
Clayton H. Dethlefsen
In Recognition of His Dedication to Preservation of Human Rights
Guaranteed in the United States Constitution

 Keynote Address

  • Roger Pilon, Ph.D., J.D.“Magna Carta’s Importance for America” - By Roger Pilon, Ph.D., J.D., B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies; Director, Center for Constitutional Studies Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.
    The key to the significance of Magna Carta is the King being under the law, not part of the law. We tend to believe that in 1776, the whole law sprung, but we owe a great deal to the British we left 239 years ago for their system of government.
    In the third quarter of the twelfth century Henry II established circuit courts and a central appeals court. Over time, this became common to the realm of England. Only fifty years later in 1215, nobles and clergy met at Runnymede to wrest from King John the rights we enjoy today in Magna Carta. In the early seventeenth century, travel abroad began. The same struggle unfolded in Virginia. In the 1606 Charter, the colonies enjoyed the same privileges as in England.
    William Penn, after his trial in 1670 in England for preaching about his Quaker beliefs, looked to Magna Carta when drafting his 1682 blueprint for Pennsylvania.
    In the second half of the eighteenth century, Magna Carta became the basis for pleas to Parliament to inform states
    bills of rights. In 1774, the Continental Congress based their appeal in English Natural Law and on British Compacts. During the Revolution, the New York State Constitution and others included provisions first found in Magna Carta. In 1787 the Constitutional Convention decided that Magna Carta included Congresss (not the executives) power to tax, which rested in the House, the body closest to the people. The Bill of Rights, Chapter 1, assured that the King could not interfere with the church.
    It is important to see the big differences: Magna Carta resulted from nobles against the King, whereas we were citizens against Parliament.
    Most significant: We addressed the world — not English rights. We dissolved the political bond, by authority of the colony. We were born with these rights. American independence went back to the Magna Carta. We grounded political liberties on the consent of the governed. However, we
    re practically back to the days of the Magna Carta today after the Progressives effectively rewrote the Constitution exactly 150 years after it was written.
    Dr. Pilon took questions, expounding on property rights, degrees of Takings and other ideas from the floor. The entire session is posted on the PRFA web site.

    Biography of John S. Marwell, Esq.
 
Afternoon Theme:
Protections to Reject
 
  • Tom Reed“Property Rights in the United States Congress” - By Congressman Tom Reed, U. S. House of Representatives, 23rd Congressional District, New York
    New Yorkers should be especially proud and grateful to Representative Tom Reed for his introduction of the H.R. 510 Defense of Property Rights Act (DOPRA) in January 2015. The legislation would provide an opportunity for compensation for property owners when government action significantly impairs the ownership of their property and would promote accountability by requiring government to consider the implications of the legislations establishment of practical means to achieve redress.
    Rep. Reed also established the Private Property Rights Caucus, the first of its kind. It has a continuing growing membership, and is unique in that it begins with the Northeast, rather than coming from the big ranching resource-industry states in the West. It serves as a forum for property rights issues, by sponsoring panels and publishing an e-newsletter.

    Biography of Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq.
 
Closing Remarks:
 
  • Clayton H. DethlefsenPart 1 — “Wolf Attacks on Humans & Hybridization of Canis Lupus” and Part 2 — “Canis Lupus & Zoonotic Diseases” (Wolves and Diseases Transmitted from Wolves to Humans) - By Clayton H. Dethlefsen, Hamilton, Montana, Executive Director, Western Predator Control Association
    A two-part speech conveying the essentials of sixty hours of Mr. Dethlefsens normal presentation.
    Clayton Dethlefsen is sought internationally as a trustworthy authority on wolves, and gathers information from sources in whatever countries where wolves exist. He is respected internationally as both a teaching expert and as a court expert in criminal and other cases, most recently in Finland. His speech ranged from issues countering incomplete information presented by government official to accomplish certain goals, to DNA analysis, to the meaning and significance of hybridization.
    He delved into behavior of wolves in the wild and why wolves raised in captivity behave passively in a classroom situation, such as in recent demonstrations for children and families in northern New York in locations that included libraries. He expertly listed characteristics of wolf behavior, and discussed the federal government extirpation of the smaller native wolves in the Northwest. He showed photos of how tenderly mother wolves nurture their young, preparing them for confidence in the wild, compared to the visibly scared demeanor of domestic wolf young. He explained factors, such as habituation, that lead to human attacks. He recounted the history of the federal policy of bringing in wolves to reduce the overpopulation of elk in Yellowstone. Wolves killed 13,000 to 16,000 elk in ten to twelve years, putting hunting outfitters out of business.
    The first part of the presentation was followed by an authoritative PowerPoint entirely devoted to diseases from wolves and to hybridization.

    Biography of Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq.
 

 

Eighteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights

~ Property Rights for Freedom & Prosperity ~
October 25, 2014

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The Century House
Latham, New York

Conference Location
The Century House

Advance Conference Announcement

Full Conference Program & Hotel & Travel Information

Speeches will be posted as they are transcribed.

Registration: Meet the Speakers, Light Breakfast Buffet - 8:00 a.m
 

Welcome

  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Synonymous: Private Property Rights & the Right to Pursue Happiness” - Welcome - by Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
 
 Opening Address
 
 
Morning Addresses — The Struggle for Property Rights
 
  • “A Unique Civic Alliance Goes to Court:
    Protecting City Parkland, Corona, and Willets Point”
    - By Robert LoScalzo, Irene Prestigiacomo and Joe Ardizzone of Willets Point United, Willets Point, Queens County, New York City
    Robert LoScalzo and PRFAs friends from Willets Point United will update their battle to save the industrial community of Willets Point in Queens County, with the latest battle. He will be joined by Irene Prestigiacomo, a courageous owner of industrial property in Willets Point, and Joseph Ardizzone, the only resident of Willets Point. The battle is forging ahead. However, Justice Manuel J. Mendez of New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan dismissed the lawsuit brought by Senator Tony Avella, City Club of New York, Queens Civic Congress, the Willets Point plaintiffs and others to stop the conversion of over forty acres of city-owned parkland on the west side of Citi Field stadium to a giant shopping mall. His August 15, 2014 ruling will be appealed.
Robert LoScalzo

 
 
  • John S. Marwell, Esq.“How Errant Golf Balls Threaten Private Property Rights” - By John S. Marwell, Esq., Mount Kisco, New York
    John Marwell will discuss a recent decision by the N.Y. State Supreme Court Appellate Division Second Department in a case involving errant gold balls hit by players on a one hundred-year old golf course that land on an adjacent homeowners property. The golf club is the Quaker Ridge Club in Scarsdale in Westchester County. The courts decision reflects a dramatic-and in his view, draconian-change in the law that does not bode well for any owner of property throughout the State that enjoys protection as a pre-existing non-conforming use.
    Biography of John S. Marwell, Esq.
 
Buffet Luncheon and Awards
 

 Keynote Address - At the demand of the speaker, this speech will not be posted.

  • “Victory in Virginia: Legislation to Protect Small Farmers from Abusive Land Use Rules”- By Martha Boneta, Liberty Farm, Paris, Virginia
 
Afternoon Theme:
Internationalists Insinuate their Agenda into Local Land Use Policy
 
  • “The Dangers of Internationalists Designing Land use Controls” - By Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq, CEO, Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD), Princeton Junction, New Jersey
    Based on his study of UN documents, legal analysis, and a perspective from his years as a scholar published in many peer-reviewed journals and on his practice internationally as an attorney, Mr. Kogan will deliver a disciplined address about the inherent fallacies and dangers of internationalism being implemented through policies such as sustainability.
    Biography of Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq.
    Technical Paper by Lawrence Kogan:
    Rather than PRFA posting an edited transcript of his speech, “The Dangers of Internationalists Designing Land Use Controls,” Mr. Kogan offered a technical paper based on his speech, which PRFA could use instead. In December, he completed the important41-page outline paper,
    “U. S. State and Local Implementation of International Sustainable Development: An Expression of the ‘New’ Post-ModernFederalism”© as a publication of ITSSD, Institute for Trade, Standards, and Sustainable Development.
    The paper has a wealth of important information that people will be thrilled to see in one place. The gathering of this documentation unmasks the reality of insidious international incursions directed at localities and state government.
 
  • Tom DeWeese“Throwing Out ICLEI” - By Tom DeWeese, President, American Policy Center, Remington, Virginia
    An entertaining speech by Tom DeWeese will exemplify his pioneering concern over the radical agenda of the environmental movement. Hell make crystal clear the danger of the UNs Agenda 21 and its policy of sustainable development being implemented through the international organization ICLEI as a threat to private property rights, free markets, and American sovereignty and independence. He will inform the audience about he is leading groups to stop cities from joining ICLEI.
    Biography of Tom DeWeese
 
Closing Address
 
  • James Bovard“Fighting Leviathan for Fun and Freedom” - By James Bovard, Author & International Political Analyst, Rockville, Maryland
    Famed author James Bovard, whose many books—his latest is Public Policy Hooligan— embody his conference theme "Fighting Leviathan for Fun and Freedom," is expected to rouse, enlighten and entertain the audience. As a champion of private property rights in his fight against tyranny, James Bovard shreds the credibility high government officials.
    Biography of James Bovard

CONFERENCE CO-SPONSORS
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Gardiner Residents for Individual Property Rights (GRIP)
National Association of Reversionary Property Owners (NARPO)
National Center for Public Policy Research
New York Farm Bureau

FOUNDATION GRANTS
Great Circle Foundation
The JM Foundation

The grant for grassroots educational outreach from Great Circle Foundation, East Northport, N.Y., was an important part of Property Rights Foundation of Americas ability to host the Eighteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights at an excellent, accessible central location where members of the publicin a wide range of circumstances could enjoy and meet important speakers at an affordable price.

 

Seventeenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights

~Property Rights for the People ~
October 26, 2013

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PRFA's 2013 Conference

The Century House
Latham, New York

Conference Location
The Century House

Advance Conference Announcement

Registration: Meet the Speakers, Light Breakfast Buffet - 8:00 a.m
 

Welcome

 
 Opening Address
 
  • James S. Burling“Property Rights in the Supreme Court” - By James S. Burling, Director of Litigation, Pacific Legal Foundation, Sacramento, California, and principal attorney in PLF’s Property Rights practice group.
    Focusing on U. S. Supreme Court decisions related to government regulation of private property, whether a Fifth Amendment Taking is recognized and whether the situation is ripe for litigation, James Burling spoke especially about recent victories beginning with the Supreme Courts recognition of extortion in Nollan v. California Coastal Commission and Dolan v. the City of Tigard, and, more recently, Koontz v. St. John's River Water Management District decided in 2013 and the 2012 decision recognizing a temporary taking in Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States. Pacific Legal Foundation litigated all of these important cases except the Dolan case.
    Biography of James Burling
 
Morning Presentations — Property Rights of Small Businesses
 
  • “Legal Pretexts: Urban Business Owners’ Rights Violated” - By Robert LoScalzo, Irene Prestigiacomo and Joe Ardizzone of Willets Point United.
    The Willets Point United leaders returned to tell about the expanded battle, now to immediately build a giant mall on a parking lot located on City park land on the far side of the Mets Stadium and turn their essential concentration of small auto repair and parts businesses into a parking field instead of Mayor Bloombergs much touted plan to build high-end housing and a mix of shopping with affordable housing. The City has moved plans for housing into the distant future.
Left to Right: Robert LoScalzo, Robert Prentiss (presenting awards), Joseph Ardizzone, and Irene Prestigiacomo
 
 
Special Report
 
 
Buffet Luncheon and Awards
 

 Keynote Address

  • Eric Francis Coppolino“Preserving Our Property Rights Against ‘Conservationists’” - By Eric Francis Coppolino, Investigative Reporter
    Land conservancies use a diversity of tactics to seize land, from purchasing someones mortgage and foreclosing on them, to buying someones land from a non-owner, then filing fraudulent litigation that drags out for years. Eric has been tracking and writing about the activities of Mohonk Preserve, Open Space Institute and other organizations since 1997. His recent article, Moving Mountains, from which he drew for his speech, which details 19 years of litigation by land conservancies against their neighbors.
    Biography of Eric Francis Coppolino
 
Afternoon Theme: Existential Property Rights
 
 
  • Heidi Peterson“Urban Trespassing: A Harrowing Experience” - By Heidi Peterson, Homeowner, Detroit, Michigan.
    Heidi Peterson related the experience of discovering, after a short time away from the fine old house that she had bought in Detroit, that a new person had moved into her dwelling. The new woman, who remodeled and damaged the house and grounds in Heidi Petersons absence, claimed to be leading a movement by exerting her human right to housing, and became an immovable housemate, precipitating costly bills and other financial problems. Eviction was almost impossible.
    Biography of Heidi Peterson
 
Closing Address
 
  • “How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution, Undermining Property Rights in the Process,” By Roger Pilon, Ph. D., J. D., Vice President for Legal Affairs, B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, Director - Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.
    James Madison wrote that the purpose of government is to protect property, understood as lives, liberties, and estates. The Constitution he drafted and the people ratified was designed to do just that. Progressives thought they could do better. They thought they could plan private and public affairs-and our lives-better than we ourselves couldif only they had the power to do so. During the New Deal era they turned the Constitution on its head in order to get that power. The massive government we have before us todayfederal, state, and localis the result. That will not change until we ourselves understand that history and we put in office people who do so as wellpeople who are willing to challenge the Progressives agenda, root and branch.
    Biography of Roger Pilon
 
Round Table Discussion with the Audience
 
  • “Applying Constitutional Private Property Rights to Current Situations” - Led by Pamela J. O’Dell, Gardiner Citizens’ Rights, Gardiner, N.Y., Heidi Peterson, & Ms. LaGrasse
    The question for discussion was:
    How do constitutional principles apply to the situations presented today by the speakers from Willets Point, the Pennsylvania oil patch, the Mohonk Preserve region, New Yorks mountainous areas damaged by hurricane flooding, Virginias Piedmont region, and the City of Detroit; and how can citizens bring these principles to the table effectively.

 

Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights

Original detailed conference announcement

~Reaching for Private Property Rights ~
October 20, 2012

PHOTO REPORTS

I - Welcome & Meet the Speakers

II - The Corruption of Eminent Domain

Welcome

  • Carol W. LaGrasse“A Charge to Keep” - Welcome by Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012)
This charge we keep is based on principle and loyalty...The principle is the God-given right to our own selves as individuals…So the charge we keep is our quest to defeat government that uses its power against the consent of the governed,..depriving their property rights.
Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
 

Opening Address

  • Bonner Cohen, Ph.D.“Energy Abundance or Poverty: The Choice of a Century” - By Bonner R. Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research & Senior Policy Analyst, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, Washington, D.C., address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012)
The promise of energy independence took Bonner Cohen, Ph.D., on a breathtaking overview of rural economies in states such as North Dakota since the development of oil and gas resources in shale. The shale revolution, as Dr. Bonner referred to it, combined with changing demographics, is also upending the power relations of nations and continents, with Russia notably facing the specter of Europes capacity to produce its own energy, and China posturing against Vietnam over oil and gas-rich islands in the South China Sea. Will the United States succumb to the demonization of shale gas by environmentalists and relegate management of these resources on private property to Washington, or will the promise of prosperity be fulfilled through wise utilization and local regulation at the state level?
Biography of Bonner R. Cohen
 
Morning Presentations — Urban Property Rights
Robert LoScalzo   Joseph Ardizzone

Robert LoScalzo
 

Joseph Ardizzone
Address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
The story of the battle of the property owners and tenants in Willets Point, Queens County, New York City, against the City of New Yorks plan to replace the entire concentration of prosperous industrial businesses near the new City Field Mets Stadium with upscale redevelopment, with an update on the Citys withdrawal of its eminent domain papers a few days before the appeal was to be heard, the Citys subsequent announcements and changes to its plan, and the corruption involved with the original approval of the plan by the City Council.
 
  • “Developments in the Law of Rent Regulation and Taking of Property” - By Martin S. Kaufman, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Atlantic Legal Foundation, Larchmont, N.Y. & James Harmon, Esq., Attorney at Law, New York, addresses to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012)
    • Martin S. KaufmanMartin S. Kaufman, Esq., Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Atlantic Legal Foundation, Larchmont, N.Y.
     
    In one compelling, precise speech, Martin Kaufman began with the origin of New York Citys rent control in the aftermath of World War I, its revival after the Second World War as an emergency measure, and its persistence under the name of rent stabilization to the present day. Rent control is virtually perpetual, as tenants pass the privilege along to their children, grandchildren, and other cohabitants, paying, perhaps $1,000 per month for an apartment where the landlord could charge twice that amount. As a regulatory taking, rent control has survived the arguments of the most learned and brilliant scholars in court.
    Biography of Martin S. Kaufman
    • James D. HarmonJames D. Harmon, Esq., Attorney at Law, New York, N.Y.
     
    James Harmon brought the personal meaning of rent control to life. Its like living without the Constitution, he said. James Harmon is the fifth generation of his family to live in his home in Manhattan. Yet he cannot occupy parts of his house because it has six rent-controlled apartments above the floor where he lives. One tenant owns a $750,000 home in Southampton. There are a million free market apartments in New York City and approximately the same number of rent-stabilized apartments. He brought the problem to his state Assembly member and she said she represents her constituents and herself has a rent-stabilized apartment. Ive never spoken outside of the legal context before,Mr. Harmon said. Im not taking it anymore.
    Biography of James D. Harmon
 

Keynote Address

  • James V. DeLong"The Special Interest State: Causes and Cures," By James V. DeLong, Author & Journalist, Washington, D.C., Address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
    Under the broad theme renewing the American republic, Jim DeLong explained that government has let itself be captured, piecemeal, by a host of special interests, not only the crony capitalists, but by ideological interests such as the environmentalists. His pervasive wry humor imbued his address with a sense of the totality of the corruption of the vision of the Founders.
    We spend a trillion dollars on welfare now and a lot more on middle class entitlements of various sorts but we dont spend it because of any philosophy of government, we spend it because of political pressures.
    A penetrating contrast is inescapable as the speech develops from the motives of the framers of the Constitution to a fascinating analysis of government in today
    s society, followed by a return to a discussion of the moral basis of government.

    Biography of James V. DeLong

Ending Big 'SIS'
 

Afternoon Theme: Nationwide Rural Issues
Afternoon Address

  • Charles E. Kay“Wolf Recovery in the Northern Rockies: What Pro-Wolf Advocates Do Not Want You to Know” - Address by Charles E. Kay, Ph. D., Wildlife Ecology, John M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
    Charles Kays presentation ranged widely across the many aspects of reintroducing wolves to the Northern Rockies, and how his knowledge may be applicable to the East, where there is talk of putting wolves in upstate New York. He repeatedly exposed corruption of science and the ignorance of federal judges. He took the audience through the depredations by the colonizing wolves and the resultant near extinction of the elk, debunking the distracting established themes from predator-mediated competition to the supposed relevance of habitat. As his talk gathered steam, he said that the wolves are now in the process of wiping out woodland and mountain caribou across the length and breadth of Canada. The wolf has reduced hunting opportunities by ninety percent in the Northern Rockies, as he predicted in 1993. Livestock losses in the West have been virtually uncompensated.
    Biography of Charles E. Kay
 
Rural Reports & Overview
Northern California Sheriffs are now set on stopping the Federal Government because of their limited land use policies and forest service road closures. Because the West is highly forested, roads need to remain open and maintained not only for public use and recreation, but also for the need of greater access to fight forest fires which are more and more becoming an issue that is fully out of control. The Sheriffs of Northern California are coming into agreement on one more issue. The underbrush in forested lands needs to be cut away and the thinning of trees needs to be accomplished so as to prevent massive forest fires which continue to plague the West.
Resolution #2011- - Board of Supervisors of Apache County, Arizona, Dec. 6. 2011
Declaring the exclusive authority of Apache County, Arizona over certain roads, rights-of-way and routes of travel within the boundaries of apache county and located on certain lands also managed by the United States Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management
Resolution - # 2011-14 - Board of Supervisors of Apache County, Arizona, October 18, 2011
Declaring an emergency in apache County, Arizona due to the Wallow fire, degraded forest conditions, imminent threat from catastrophic fires and extreme drought

Here is a short review of Chuck’s book

.House of Lords: America in the Balance

House of Lords: America in the Balance
Tate Publishing & Enterprises, Mustang Oklahoma

Nine justices on the Supreme Court can decide sweeping issues that will affect generations to come, while the American majority may disagree fully with these judicial decisions. This is democracy? For decades on end, the influence of special interests and the government have tested the very constitutional fabric of society. Now, America is at a crossroads, and something’s got to give. The House of Lords: America in the Balance candidly and unapologetically exposes the present injustices of a governmental betrayal combined with those high rollers, who, author Charles Frank argues, are responsible for sabotaging our sacred republic while American citizens are stripped of their cherished rights and freedoms. The House of Lords presents the stark reality of hidden agendas, dysfunctional government, and a broken society that needs a new blueprint and spiritual renewal. The author offers practical, unique solutions for a fractured nation, solutions that are rooted in the heart-felt ideologies originally formed and put forth by our country’s founding fathers.

You can reach Chuck at this e-mail address:
dayspringseven@yahoo.com
See his website: lightofthenation.us
Biography of Charles W. Frank
 
  • Jim Streeter“Land Issues Facing Congress” by Jim Streeter, Staff Director, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Latham, N.Y. October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
    This thought-provoking talk ranged through a number of topics affecting both federal and private land: federal land management and the effect on school systems in the West, invasive species studies without action, National Park concessions, setting bounds on federal authority, laws to define harassment by feds per Supreme Court dissent, collusion and lobbying with federal grants, feds and environmental groups targeting private properties, land adjoining federal land and heritage areas, mis-directing border control funding toward endangered species damage, common sense in protecting species, defunding sustainable development grants, attacks on Tea party groups who oppose sustainable planning, history of federal lands, choosing language, the property rights movement, court decisions and legislative opportunities, experiences sought for hearings.
Biography of Michael Diederich
 

Closing Address

  • Jigs Gardner“Greenism: Strategy, Roots, Consequences” - By Jigs Gardner, Farmer and Writer, Essex, New York. Address to the Sixteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Latham, N.Y., October 20, 2012 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
 
The redefinition of the word environment by the Greens has made our environment sacred and used it as a moral bludgeon. We must go beyond the issue of jobs and attack the Greens on the basis that they want to stop any activity to use our natural resources to increase our prosperity and improve our lives. Greenism is by its intent impoverishing. Green ideologues believe in the goodness of nature and that humans and their civilization are a curse.
Biography of Jigs Gardner

 

Fifteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights

Original detailed conference announcement

~Protect Freedom & A Way of Life ~
Community Survival & Prosperity in Rural & Urban America
October 29, 2011

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Welcome

  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Celebrating Our Fifteenth Annual Conference” - Welcome by Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Fifteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Latham, N.Y., October 29, 2011)
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse

Opening Address

  • Jigs Gardner“The American Frontier & Private Property Rights: A Personal Journey” - By Jigs Gardner, Farmer and Writer Essex, New York, Fifteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Latham, N.Y., October 29, 2011)
    Jigs Gardner found in historical differences the explanation for the contrast between the proud self-reliance of Americans and the dependency on government of Canadians in Nova Scotia, where he moved from Vermont with his wife Jo Ann to establish a farm in 1970.
    Biography of Jigs Gardner

Morning Address

“Saving Land: Who Benefits and Who Loses” - by Susan Allen, A book review of Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our National Heritage by Elizabeth Nickson (N.Y.: Harper Collins 2012)
How the environmental movement broke the rural economy. The result of an international journalists research across North America and beyond after she delved into what was behind the preservationist obstruction of the building of her eco-sensitive house in British Columbia.
Biography of Elizabeth Nickson

Morning Panel

Left to right: Joseph Ardizzone, Irene Prestigiacomo, Carol LaGrasse (introducing speakers), and Robert LoScalzo

Joseph Ardizzone, Irene Prestigiacomo, Carol LaGrasse and Robert LoScalzo

  • Robert LoScalzo, Joseph Ardizzone, & Irene Prestigiacomo, Willets Point United, Willets Point, Queens County, N.Y.
    “Eminent Domain: Willets Point-A Unique Community Stands Against the City of New York.”
    • “The City of New York’s Harassment of Willets Point’s Landowners and Tenants” - by Irene Prestigiacomo Address by Irene Prestigiacomo, Fifteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Latham, N.Y., October 29, 2011 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
      On December 8, 2010, the City of New York embarked on a massive campaign of police harassment of the Willets Point businesses, barricading the community so that no one could leave or enter, and then making mass arrests and confiscating personal and business papers and licenses, and towing away cars without specific charges or search warrants. This was only the beginning. Mrs. Prestigiacomo describes the scheme: They are so angry at Willets Point United for effectively stopping their Master Plan to take all our property…that they are using the New York City Police as their private Goon Squad.
  • Albert L. Wassenhove“Update on Olana” Albert L. Wassenhove, Civic Leader Ghent, N.Y.
    Biography of Albert Wassenhove
  • Letter from former Chairman of Columbia County Board of Supervisors James W. Keegan to Carol W. LaGrasse, read by Albert L. Wassenhove at the Fifteenth Annual National Conference commending the Olana versus Eger Family Farm feature article in the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse (summer 2011).

Presentation of Awards


Recognition Extended to Roland Vosburgh
 

Keynote Address
Preserving Rural Communities and the Hunting & Agricultural Heritage

  • Will N. Graves“The Truth about Wolf Reintroduction: What the U.S. Can Learn from Russian Wolves,” Address by Will N. Graves, Author Wolves in Russia, Fifteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Latham, N.Y., October 29, 2011 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
    In this very concise summary, Will Graves systematically refutes some of the claims that wolves would have no significant impact when their reintroduction was planned for Yellowstone National Park: The actual impact included devastating impact on hunting; the elk population and many other species are decimated. He also countered claim that wolves cull only the sick and old.
    Biography of Will N. Graves
 

Afternoon Panel
Environmentally Sound Energy for the Future

Introduction by Ms. LaGrasse

Third Annual Circle of Ideas

  • Moderated by: Jonathan P. Knauth, P.E., Engineering-Management, Sauquoit, N.Y., with Michael Hardiman of Hardiman Consulting, and Albert L. Wassenhove, Civic leader, Ghent, N.Y and Ms. LaGrasse
  • “Defending the Future of Communities & Culture”
    Speakers, Attendees, & Moderators

Closing Address

  • Michael Hardiman“Land Rights: The View from Washington, D.C.” by Michael Hardiman, President, Hardiman Consulting, Washington, D.C.
    Biography of Michael Hardiman

 

 

 

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View of Lake George from Holiday Inn Resort lobby


Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights

~ Removal and Resistance ~
How Rural & Urban People
Are Fighting Enviro-preservationists & Big Government
To Keep
Their Homes, Businesses, Communities, & Rights to the Land
October 23, 2010

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Some of the conference attendees

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Awards

 


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 Welcome

  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Facing the Facts-Making a Path to the Future: Removal and Resistance Across the Land” - Welcome by Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    The conferences difficult theme, Removal and Resistance: How Rural and Urban People are Fighting Enviro-preservationists and Big Government to Keep Their Homes, Businesses, Communities, and Rights to the Land, stems from the nationwide pattern of environmental campaigns to eliminate people from rural land and big governments free-wheeling eviction of whole neighborhoods of urban people by using eminent domain and subtly using regulations to force traditional property owners to move away. To understand is the first step in the battle.
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
 

Opening Address

  • Roger Pilon, Ph. D., J. D.“Eminent Domain Principles & Property Rights” - By Roger Pilon, Ph.D., J.D., Vice President for Legal Studies, B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, & Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at Cato Institute, Washington, D.C., Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    Speech description
    Biography of Roger Pilon, Ph. D., J. D.
 

Morning Panel - “Eminent Domain, as Seen from the Land”

  • Michael Cristofaro“Five Years Later - The Local Aftermath of Kelo
    - By Michael Cristofaro, Waterford, Connecticut, U.S. Supreme Court Plaintiff in Kelo vs. New London, Speech to the Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    Speech description
    Biography of Michael Cristofaro
 
  • Robert LoScalzoIrene PrestigiacomoJoseph ArdizzoneA Panel of Members of Willets Point United, Queens County, N.Y.
    “How an Alliance of Small Businesses is Fighting New York City’s Eminent Domain” Joseph Ardizzone, Irene Prestigiacomo and Robert LoScalzo, Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    Speech descriptions
 

Morning Addresses

  • John S. Marwell“Today’s Zoning vs. Historic Businesses & Homeowners in Upstate New York” - By John S. Marwell, Esq., Founding Member, Shamberg Marwell Davis & Hollis, P.C., Mt. Kisco, N.Y. Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    Speech description
    Biography of John S. Marwell
 
  • James E. Morgan, Esq.“The Practical Difficulties of Land Use & Building Regulations” - By James E. Morgan, Esq., Galvin and Morgan, Delmar, N.Y., Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    Speech description
    Biography of James E. Morgan
 

Keynote Address

  • William Perry Pendley“A National Pattern: Historic Oil & Gas Producers in
    Allegany National Forest Head Off Environmental Litigators” - Keynote Address by William Perry Pendley, Esq., President and Chief Legal Officer, Mountain States Legal Foundation, Lakewood, Colorado; Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    Speech description
    Biography of William Perry Pendley
 

Afternoon Addresses - “Effects of Environmental Preservation on the Future of Rural Communities”

  • Bonner R. Cohen“The Unified Meaning of Wildlands & Federal River Corridors” - By Bonner R. Cohen, Senior Fellow, The National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C., Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    Speech description
    Biography of Bonner R. Cohen
 

Afternoon Panel - “Real Issues: Land, Tax Base & Access”

  • Peter J. LaGrasse“Tax Base in the Adirondack Park” - by Peter J. LaGrasse, B.S., B.A., Chairman, Board of Assessors, Town of Stony Creek, N.Y (Speech presented at the Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010).
    An examination of real property tax trends and local town revenue streams from many sources reveals the extent to which the tax base is volatile, subject to changes in economic activity, or state or federal policies. Dating to policies traced back to 1885, the state-owned-land portion of the tax base, which amounts to 50.15% of Stony Creeks tax base, is vulnerable to political decisions, which could ultimately precipitate the full implementation of the Biosphere Reserve and depopulate the Adirondacks.
 
  • Ted Galusha“Update on APA/DEC Disregard for Court-ordered Access Policy” - By Ted Galusha, President, Adirondackers for Access, Warrensburg, N.Y., Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    The State Environmental Conservation Law says, All landsin the Adirondack Parknow owned or which may hereafter be acquired by the state, shall be forever reserved and maintained for the free use of all the people. But the state circumvents the law. Anyone can become disabled in an instant, but shouldnt lose the right to enjoy the state land in the Adirondacks.
 
  • James McCulley“The Continuing Battle Against DEC to Keep a Town Highway” - By James McCulley, President, Lake Placid Snowmobile Club, Lake Placid, N.Y., Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    Speech description
    Biography of James McCulley
 
  • Susan Allen“DEC’s Unnoticed New Strategic Plan for the State Forests” - By Susan Allen, Publisher & Editor, Adirondack Park Agency Reporter, Keene Valley, N.Y., Fourteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 23, 2010)
    Unnoticed by the general public and with very few public hearings, in September DEC issued (on website and CD only) a new 500-plus-page strategic plan for the 786,000-acre state holdings in 442 forests outside the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves, changing the emphasis on management from productive timber harvest to protecting ecosystems, etc. Practical details related to this plan include that environmental groups have been lobbying to manage several state forests in Saratoga County as Forest Preserve.
    Speech description
    Biography of Susan Allen
 

Closing Address:

  • Ron Arnold“Seeing Through the Hype” - Ron Arnold, Executive Vice President, Center for Defense of Free Enterprise, Bellevue, Washington.
    Using the example of the Adirondack Council, the nation’s foremost opposition expert on the environmental groups discussed the use of his website to ascertain the individual members of the board of directors and link to other information about them. He compared how the environmental present themselves and how their intentions could be analyzed.
    Speech description
 
  • Albert L. WassenhoveSecond Circle of Ideas
    “Preserving Urban and Rural Communities and Businesses” Speakers, Attendees, & Moderators
    Moderated by: Shiela Galvin, Esq., of Galvin & Morgan;
    Albert L. Wassenhove, Ghent, N.Y.; & Ms. LaGrasse
    Biography of Albert Wassenhove

 

 

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View of Lake George from Holiday Inn Turf


Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights
The Adirondack Park:
The Idea, The Experience, The Future
October 17, 2009

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Selected Speeches Posted
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Welcome

  • Carol W. LaGrasse“The Adirondack Park Agency Idea” - By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
    The idea of the Forest Preserve changed from one of protection of the forest in the late nineteenth century to assure a benefit to the state as a whole (primarily the protection of the flow of water to assure commercial navigation on the Erie Canal and the Hudson River) while extending fair policy to the local people, to the current state policy of radical preservation, massive state land acquisition, and a systematic program to cause the depopulation of the local people in a vast region many times the size of the original Forest Preserve.
    Full Speech Posted
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
 

Special Address

  • Peter J. LaGrasse“The Meaning of the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve” - By Peter J. LaGrasse, Chairman, Stony Creek Board of Assessors, Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
    The meaning of the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve is made clear by a study of the technical literature of proponents and a map study of the state acquisition of land in the Adirondacks since the designation in 1989. The core area, reserved to be without human influence, is defined as all of the state-owned land. The areas between the state-owned land in 1989 are rapidly being filled in with fee simple state acquisitions and state purchases of conservation easements. The Biosphere Reserve designation, which is under UNESCO auspices, is at the heart of the goal to depopulate the region.
    Full Speech Posted
  Morning Addresses
 
  • Sam Kazman“The Takings Clause and Tony D’Elia’s Dream,” - By Sam Kazman, Esq., Senior Counsel, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C., Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
    Speech Summary Posted
    Biography of Sam Kazman
 
  • John S. Marwell“Challenging Overzealous Zoning” - By John S. Marwell, Esq., Founding Member, Shamberg Marwell Davis & Hollis, P.C., Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
    Speech Summary Posted
    Biography of John Marwell
  Morning Panel — National and International Connections
 
  • Casey Hammond“U.N. World Heritage Sites” - By Casey Hammond, Legislative Staffer, U.S. House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
    Speech Summary Posted
 
  • R.J. Smith had to cancel at the last minute because of illness. Carol LaGrasse presented background on the influence of the Adirondack Park on the beginning of National Heritage Areas and Sam Kazman gave a humerous but serious extemporaneous talk “Car Free Day in the Adirondacks,” which was about carbon emission regulation possibilities.
 
  • Howard Aubin“The Biosphere Reserve in Action: Adirondack International Connection” - By Howard Aubin, Member, Black Brook Town Board, Au Sable Forks, N.Y., Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
    Speech Summary Posted
  Afternoon Addresses “Implications of Adirondack Legal Issues”
 
  • “Confronting APA Legislation by Regulation” - By Dennis J. Phillips, Esq., Principle, McPhillips, Fitzgerald & Cullum, LLP, Glens Falls, N.Y., Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
    Speech Summary Posted
 
  • James E. Morgan“Conservation Easements and the Adirondacks” - By James E. Morgan, Esq., Galvin and Morgan, Delmar, N.Y., Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
    Speech Summary Posted
    Biography of James E. Morgan
  Grassroots Afternoon Panel — Adirondack Land & Access Issues
 
 
  • “The APA’s Racketeering” - By Howard Aubin, Member, Black Brook Town Board, Au Sable Forks, N.Y., Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
    Speech Summary Posted
 
  • Ted Galusha“Righting the APA/DEC Access Policy” - By Ted Galusha, President, Adirondackers for Access, Warrensburg, N.Y., Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
    In 1998, Ted Galusha and other disabled individuals filed suit in federal court and immediately won an injunction opening the roads, trails and areas that the DEC officers drove on to access the Adirondack Forest Preserve and illegally arrested them on for using motorized vehicles. After three years of fighting in court, they had a consent decree, signed by the judge as a court order on July 5, 2001. This speech is a heart-rending litany of the myriad ways that the state has chosen not to comply with much of the consent decree and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    Full Speech Posted
 
  • James McCulley“Victory: Old Mountain Road Opened to Motor Vehicles” - By James McCulley, President, Lake Placid Snowmobile Club, Lake Placid, N.Y., Thirteenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Lake George, N.Y., October 17, 2009)
    Jim McCulleys first-hand account of his successful battle to restore motorized use to Old Mountain Road between Keene and Lake Placid brings the entire history to life. This is the first time DEC has been forced in court, both in the Essex County Supreme Court and in the DEC Administrative Court, to open up a town road that the agency tried to close.
    Full Speech Posted
    Biography of James McCulley
 
  • Albert L. WassenhoveCircle of Ideas
    “The Future of the Adirondacks”
    Speakers, Attendees, & Moderators
    Moderated by Ms. LaGrasse & Albert L. Wassenhove, Ghent, N.Y.
    Speech Summary Posted
    Biography of Albert Wassenhove

 

 


Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights
POLICING PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS

The Other Side of Zoning and Building Codes
October 18, 2008

Twelfth Annual Property Rights Conference Unmasks Zoning
 
AwardsPrivate Property Rights Leaders of National Influence
Dialogue and Vision — Selected photos of speakers and participants at the Twelfth Annual Conference

 

 

 
  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Zoning and Building Codes: Rules Beyond Reason” - By Carol W. LaGrasse., President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    Delivered as the welcome address, this speech gave LaGrasses overview from personal experience and observations, first as a civil engineer practicing in New York City and over most recent decades involved in private property rights in upstate New York. City zoning serves well-connected interests. The States regional Adirondack zoning for supposedly environmental purposes is in reality the product of scheming wealthy New York City interests, as well. Building codes have gone far beyond their original purpose to protect public health and safety, to micromanage and obstruct private homeowners plans.
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
 

 Opening Address

  • Lolita Buckner Inniss“The Façade of New Urbanism & the Form-Based Code” - By Lolita Buckner Inniss, J.D., L.L.M., Associate Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Ohio, Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    Form-based code, a tool of New Urbanism, is not doing what advocates claim. It tries to create by design what was spontaneous over a century. The collaborative charette process, ostensibly based on the community, is monopolized by a small strand of people, the elite. New Urbanism tries to recreate old urbanism, but old cities like New York existed as a great range of neighborhood characters experienced by different groups of people. Old urban centers were based on wealth and inherently exclusionary. Zoning originated to protect wealthy urban interests. Zoning contributes to the decline of cities by excluding industrial workplaces from areas where workers live.
    Biography of Lolita Buckner Inniss
  Morning Address: Freeing the Community for the Future
 
  • Randal O'Toole“Free Market Solutions to Urban Problems” - By Randal O’Toole, Bandon, Oregon, Director - American Dream Coalition of the Independence Institute, Senior Fellow - Cato Institute, and Senior Economist - Thoreau Institute; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    States like Oregon that have growth management laws require that an urban growth boundary be drawn around cities, to stop growth beyond the boundary and densify development within the boundary. This has driven up housing costs and been a big factor in the housing bubble. Along with imposing the urban growth boundary, cities build light rail lines to reduce automobile use and thereby reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, which is thought to be a primary cause of global warming. But light rail is not effective either in attracting riders or reducing carbon dioxide. Efficient cars are better at reducing emissions per passenger mile and cheaper.
    Biography of Randal O'Toole
   Morning Panel - Fighting for Land-use Reform in Congress & Court
 
  • Jason Knox“Property Rights Update from Washington, D.C.” - By Jason Knox, Esq., Legislative Staffer, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    The environmentalists are using legislation against energy transmission corridors. Theyre promoting Heritage Areas and wilderness designations as economic redevelopment while eliminating good-paying jobs. The urban Taunton Wild and Scenic River is meant to stop a gas pipeline. The 1,082-page resources omnibus bill would tie up 2 million acres as wilderness, including
    1.2 million acres in Wyoming to stop use of gas and oil resources. The National Land Conservation System would codify Clinton/Gore National Monument designations. Right now, focus on energy. Make your voice heard on land use issues, project by project. Freedom of Information requests are a powerful tool.
    Biography of Jason Knox
 
  • Robert J. Smith“Congressional Designs on Your Property Rights” - By Robert J. Smith, Senior Fellow for Environmental Policy, National Center for Public Policy Research; Adjunct Senior Environmental Scholar, Competitive Enterprise Institute; & President, Center for Private Conservation, Washington, D.C.; Presented at Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    The Bush Administration appointed major corporate and land trust figures such as John Turner, Henry Paulson, Gail Norton and Lynn Scarlet, who were enemies of private property ownership and private property rights, instead emphasizing partnerships and conservation easements. The Congress is designating nonstop Wilderness Areas, National Parks, National Battlefields, National Monuments, National Heritage Areas, National Scenic Trails, and Wild and Scenic Rivers. However, Rep. Rob Bishop and Rep. Paul Broun are bright lights for private property rights.
    Biography of Robert J. Smith
 
  • James E. Morgan“Conservation Easements and TDR’s: Fifth Amendment Takings through Zoning” - By James E. Morgan, Esq., Principal, Galvin and Morgan, Counselors at Law, Delmar, N.Y.; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    Transferable development rights, or TDRs, are recognized as a way of compensating property owners when the government takes property rights. But the state valued the TDRs in the Long Island Pine Barrens at a fraction of the fair value, rather than take the property by eminent domain, which would have given the property owners more rights. We are going back to a day when property owners are becoming like feudal serfs rather than property owners. Be prepared to fight for the long-term.
    Biography of James E. Morgan
  Keynote Address
 
  • Don Corace“Fight the Good Fight for Private Property Rights” - By Don Corace, Real Estate Developer and Author, Naples, Florida; Presented at Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    The assault on private property rights includes eminent domain abuse like that of Susette Kelo for private development, and regulatory takings where the property owner receives zero compensation. Ocie Mills of Florida was the first man to go to federal prison for a wetland violation, singled out by the Corps of Engineers because he spoke out. In Pompano Beach, Florida, two men who had all their permits to build a hotel were stopped with 31 years by their NIMBY neighbors who didnt want their ocean view obstructed. One brother, a millionaire, lost everything, and had a stroke. Join together, put on your gloves, and fight abuses of private property rights.
    Biography of Don Corace
  Select panel: Citizen Activists Defending Their Rights
 
  • 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.
 
  • Kenneth Switzer“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.
 
  • Edwin Navin“Summary Judgement over Survey Maps in Property Encroachment” - By Edwin Navin, Montreal, Canada, and Property Owner in Saranac, N.Y., Select Citizen’s Panel - Brief Presentation, Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    Mr. Navin discussed a critical aspect of his case, Navin v. Mosquera, which also involved the Adirondack Park Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. His surveyor showed that the bridge built by his neighbor Mosquera encroached over the boundary, but the court accepted Mosqueras survey claiming there was no encroachment and awarded a summary judgment without hearing the evidence.
  Afternoon Panel I — Up from the Depths of Zoning
 
  • John S. Marwell“No-Growth Zoning” - By John S. Marwell, Esq., Shamberg Marwell Davis & Hollis, Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    The moratorium is the ultimate no-growth zoning tool, during which a town can institute new planning and zoning requirements, even after an applicant has filed for a permit. Ever-increasing impositions include no use of land said to be wetland, wetland setbacks, steep slopes, viewsheds, even exposed rock outcroppings. Now, environmental subtractions can remove these from density computations. Organizing and education to expose the junk science behind new rules is essential. The Vested Rights Bill in the New York State Legislature would protect property owners who have submitted applications from a moratorium and new rules.
    Biography of John S. Marwell, Esq.
 
  • Alan J. Knauf“Wind Power Meets Zoning” - By Alan J. Knauf, Esq., Knauf Shaw LLP, Rochester, N.Y.; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    Across New York and the country in zoning boards, planning boards, and in courts, landowners and developers are fighting town officials, NIMBY s and somewhat hypocritical environmentalists to utilize wind power, an abundant natural resource in upstate New York. This talk outlines the current status of whats going on with wind power and zoning regulation, particularly in upstate New York. One solution may be legislation to supersede local authority.
    Biography of Alan J. Knauf, Esq.
  Afternoon Panel 2 — Protecting the People: Leaders and Litigants
 
  • Robert McNamara, Esq.“Is Your Rental Home Your Castle?-Administrative Warrants and Personal Privacy in the Twenty-first Century” - By Robert McNamara, Esq., Institute for Justice, Washington, D.C.; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    The City of Red Wing, Minnesota, imposes administrative search warrants (searches without probable cause) on rental properties, collecting photos of the interior of residences (including even the inside of closets), and intending to post these on the Internet for police use. The right to privacy, to be secure in your home from searches without probably cause, is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
    Biography of Robert McNamara
 
  • Marshall Sayegh“Confronting the California Coastal Commission’s Ultra-control of Local Communities” - By Marshall Sayegh, President, Property Rights Foundation of Mendocino County, Gualala, California, Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    In 2006, 3,000 people lined the streets of the little town of Gualala, California, for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Every restaurant and lodging establishment was filled. However, when Gualala planned its 2007 fireworks display, the California Coastal Commission complained, but the display took place successfully, with 4,000 people enjoying it. But in 2008 the Commission issued a Cease and Desist order, preventing the display, claiming that it harmed nesting birds a mile away. Pacific Legal Foundation is now defending the Gualala fireworks.
    Biography of Marshall Sayegh
 
  • 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 Olanas 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.
    Biography of Albert Wassenhove
 

Closing Address

  • Roman P. Storzer“The Rights of Religious Institutions Facing Zoning and Historic Preservation” - By Roman P. Storzer, Storzer & Greene, P.L.L.C. Washington, D.C.; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    In no other area is there as much restriction on religious exercise, a First Amendment freedom, than in the land use context, with possibly the exception of prisoners. The federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, RLUIPA, targets landmarking and land use laws. Zoning boards no longer hold all the power. Churches, mosques and temples can go to court and get redress under a relatively strong standard of review.
    Biography of Roman P. Storzer

 

 

 

Conference 2007


Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights
FORGING AHEAD FOR PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
October 13, 2007
Conference Photos: Peter J. LaGrasse

 

 

Awards
“Celebrating Property Rights Leaders
Who Have Made A Difference”

 

 

Wm. Perry Pendley and Carol LaGrasse Another Decade Begins
“PRFA’s Successful Eleventh Annual Property Rights Conference”

 

 

Roger Pilon, Ph.D., J.D.

“Eleventh Annual Conference Photo Impressions — Speaking, Listening, Participating”

 

 

“A Preview — Let’s Aim for Ten More Years: PRFA’s Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights”
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  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Welcome-Forged in the Fire” - By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    We are in this for the long haul. Forged in the fire, we stand by first principles. Even with relatively little resources, at the grassroots we can accomplish major successes, but success will serve our long term goals only when we never lose track of our Constitution and the rights upon which it is founded.
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
 

 Opening Address

  • Roger Pilon, Ph. D., J. D.“The Supreme Court’s Protection of Private Property Rights: The Founders’ Dream, the Owner’s Nightmare” - By Roger Pilon, J.D., Ph.D., Vice President for Legal Affairs and Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Roger Pilon presents an overview of private property rights, beginning with first principles, including a discussion of the history of the founding documents, followed by the police power and eminent domain power; then four scenarios of government restrictionsgovernment actions that reduce the value of private property, regulation to stop nuisance, regulatory takings, and full eminent domain; and finally the four categories of eminent domain: transfer to the public, transfer to a private owner for public utilities and the like, condemnation for blight reduction, and transfer to another private party for economic development. Highlights of court rulings illustrate how the Progressive Era led to todays regulatory state.
    Biography of Roger Pilon, Ph. D., J. D.
  Panel I - New York State: A Venue for Key Property Rights Issues
 
  • John S. Marwell“The Navigable Waterways Controversy” - By John S. Marwell, Esq., Shamberg Marwell Davis & Hollis, Mt. Kisco, New York, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Recreationists are trying to create new rights by re-defining the well established standard of navigability in favor of the public at the expense of property owners. The Sierra Club and a group within the New York State Attorney Generals Office and Department of Environmental Conservation orchestrated an effort to pass regulations and use a test case to create a right of passage by canoe or kayak, including extensive dragging and portaging. The Sierra Clubs test case was to send canoeists down the shallow, rocky river through the Adirondack League Clubs 53,000 acres of pristine property. The club sued the canoeists for trespass and the state intervened in favor of the canoeists. The Court of Appeals adhered to the traditional standard of commercial utility but added a recreational use test, which was narrowly defined in a settlement.
    Biography of John S. Marwell, Esq.
 
  • Thomas J. Borelli“Invest for Freedom-To Stop the Use of Capitalism Against Capitalism” - By Thomas J. Borelli, Ph.D., Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager, Free Enterprise Action Fund, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Environmental organizations are harnessing major corporations like Pepsico, Caterpillar, General Electric and JP Morgan Chase against their own corporate interests and capitalism itself to promote universal government government-funded health care and an economy centered on global warming-based regulation. Acting as a shareholder activist, the Free Enterprise Action Fund successfully sought a stockholder proxy at JP Morgan Chase against their support for global warming regulation.
    Biography of Dr. Thomas J. Borelli
  Panel II - “The Frontlines Against Regional Landscape Preservation”
 
  • Devlen Mackey“Farmers Fight Back in the New Jersey Highlands” - By Devlen Mackey, Owner, Mackey Orchards, Belvidere, New Jersey; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Farmers, local government, and developers are opposing the state regional zoning law, the New Jersey Highlands Regional Planning and Water Protection Act, which imposes 88-acre zoning and exploits endangered species rules in Hunterdon, Warren, and other northwestern New Jersey counties to stop the use of land. The law is said to be intended to protect the watershed for drinking water, but sewers to keep flow from Lake Hopatcong are prohibited by the Department of Environmental Protection.
    Biography of Devlen Mackey
 
  • Marshall Sayegh“Twenty-first Century Carpetbaggers and Privateers: The Booty is Your Property” - By Marshall Sayegh, President, Property Rights Foundation of Mendocino County, Gualala, California, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Today, privateering is a way of mobilizing groups of people and resources to take private property rights. When faced with an illogical utility route that threatened their businesses, the Gualala Commercial Property Owners defended their private property rights by organizing and speaking out, again and again.
    Biography of Marshall Sayegh
 
  • Ellen McClay“A Word about UNESCO” - By Ellen McClay, Author, Arizona; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Tracing her involvement back to the fifties, author Ellen McClay refers to individuals, including Alger Hiss and Secretary of State Dean Achenson, who were involved with UNESCOs role in changing textbooks in the United States to derogate Washington and the founding fathers, as well as private property rights, while substituting Marxist values.
    Biography of Ellen McClay
 

Keynote Address

  • William Perry Pendley“The New Wars for the West” - Keynote Address by William Perry Pendley, Esq., President and Chief Legal Officer, Mountain States Legal Foundation, Lakewood, Colorado; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Perry Pendley successfully defended John Shuller against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when, in self-defense, he shot a grizzly bear. He won the case for Larry Squires, who wanted to allow disposal of oil field brine in dry sink holes on his property. Mountain States Legal Foundation is fighting for inholder access to their property blocked by the U.S. Forest Service. Pendley has argued successfully three times before the U.S. Supreme Court on the right of contract regardless of race or ethnicity, against what is called affirmative action.
    Biography of William Perry Pendley
  Panel III -Breaking Through Deception
 
  • Jason Knox“Update from Congress” - By Jason Knox, Esq., Member of Legislative Staff, Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Forests and Public Lands, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Part of the legislation that Nancy Pelosi would like to ram through Congress is H.R. 6 to take, Chavez-like, the contracts of oil companies awarded to drill on the outer continental shelf during the Clinton Administration. A National Heritage Area omnibus bill (H.R. 1483) would accomplish the Journey through Hallowed Ground and Niagara Falls National Heritage Areas, among others. The Niagara Falls area would involve the National Park Service in casinos. H.R. 2016 would do away with multiple use in BLM lands, making billions of acres into defacto wilderness.
    Biography of Jason Knox
 
  • John Berlau“The Craze of Environmental Irrationality” - By John Berlau, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Environmentalism is dominated by disdain for human life, grounded in Rachel Carsons vilification of DDT and thus arguably causing more deaths from malaria and other insect-borne diseases than from any other cause during the twentieth century. A recent local example of this disdain for human life was the death of Alfred Langner from exposure while trapped in his car for 2 days after an auto accident, unable to reach help because his cell phone had no reception on the Interstate Northway because environmentalists banned cell towers.
    Biography of John Berlau
 
  • Raymond Keating“Small Business and Private Property Rights” - By Raymond J. Keating, Chief Economist, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, Washington, D.C. and Columnist, Newsday, Long Island, New York; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Local zoning often is a tool of special interests to force small businesses to give up. Government uses its power of eminent domain for economic development for well-financed entities at the expense of small business. During the past 100 years, government has lost respect for private property owners when developing sports stadiums, which used to fit around private property. In addition, it should be more recognized that intellectual private property rights protect the interests of small businesses, not just “big pharma.
    Biography of Raymond J. Keating
 
  • Robert J. Smith“Organizing Against Federal Environmental Legislation that Threatens Landowners” - Robert J. Smith, Senior Adjunct Environmental Scholar, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Senior Fellow for Environmental Policy, The National Center for Public Policy Research, and President, Center for Private Conservation, Washington, D.C., Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Biography of Robert J. Smith
  Panel IV - The U.S.A. and Beyond
 
  • “The Proposed Law of the Sea Treaty: A Threat to Private Property Rights” - Lawrence Kogan, Esq., J.D., LLM, The Institute for International Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD), Princeton, New Jersey, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    The Law of the Sea Treaty is the largest regulatory treaty ever conceived, but has just missed ratification by the United States. Instead of clarifying maritime law, it would change it fundamentally. Freedom of navigation would be hindered, because it is capitalist. Deep-sea mining rights would not go to miners, but would be redistributed. Environmental rules based on sustainable development and the precautionary principle would supersede private property rights, even within the United States, because pollution could theoretically flow to the oceans.
    Biography of Lawrence Kogan
 
  • Teresa Platt“Confronting International Animal Rights and Eco-Terrorism” - By Teresa Platt, Executive Director, Fur Commission USA, Coronado, California, Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Animal rights and eco-terrorists justify arson and destruction of property, and even killing people, on the basis of saving animals and saving the Earth. These send a message with every crime, promoting fear of speaking out and doing business. Non-profit charities with the stated purpose of animal welfare are teaching young people animal rights terrorism. The IRS should stop tax-exempt charities from promoting crime. Legislation like the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act should be expanded.
 

Closing Address

  • Peyton Knight“National & International Land Use Planning” - Peyton Knight, Director of Environmental & Regulatory Affairs, The National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C., Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    A National Heritage Area facilitates national land use planning as a preservation-driven congressional pork-barrel designation created in conjunction with the National Park Service and private interest groups to influence decisions over local land use to preserve natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources. UNESCO World Heritage Site designations are an international tool to push land use restrictions on the sites and land surrounding them.
    Biography of Peyton Knight

 

 

Property Rights 2006

10th Annual Conference attendees


Tenth Annual Conference

 

 

Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights
PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
— The Record & The Vision —
October 14, 2006

First Hand Report
PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
— The Record & The Vision —
The Visionary Tenth Annual National Property Rights Conference

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  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Welcome - A Look Over the Wall”
    - Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    The vision of the future where justice is restored to private property owners will become reality when and if great masses of the people of the United States join our movement to eliminate the great proportion of regulation of private property; the unjust, excessive taking of private property; the excessive government land ownership; the infringements facilitated by non-profit organizations, especially environmental groups; and the other structures that are steadily decimating private property rights.
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
 

 Opening Address

  • Bonner R. Cohen“Environmentalism and Its Consequences”
    - By Bonner R. Cohen, Senior Fellow, The National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C., Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    In the world of environmentalism, human beings who live in rural areas are creatures that disturb the environment. But there is no such thing as the balance of nature, because nature is always changing. To get big money, the environmentalists tapped into the foundations, which are instruments of capitalism, radically transforming them over the past two or three decades. American environmental groups receive $9.6 million daily in donations.
    Biography of Bonner R. Cohen
  Panel I - Success in The West
 
  • Karen Budd-Falen, Esq.“RICO Action-Rancher Stops BLM Access Extortion” - By Karen Budd-Falen, Esq., Senior Attorney, Budd-Falen Law Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    When officials of the federal Bureau of Land Management used repeated harassment to try to intimidate Frank Robbins into granting an easement across his property, the owner of High Island Ranch in Wyoming sued the individual officials under RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Robbins.
    Biography of Karen Budd-Falen
 
  • James K. Chilton, Jr.“Turning the Tables-Defamation Suit Defeats Environmental Group”- By James K. Chilton, Jr., Chilton Ranch & Cattle Co., Arivaca, Arizona, Tenth annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    James Chilton won a ruling in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that his ranch could not be regulated under NEPA because of potential habitat when the species under consideration was not present. Afterwards, Mr. Chilton successfully brought a defamation suit against the Center for Biological Diversity for their publication of photos to maliciously misrepresent conditions on his ranch.
    Biography of James Chilton
  Panel II - “Focus on Eminent Domain”
 
  • James Morgan“The Eminent Domain Crisis” - By James E. Morgan, Esq., Principal, Galvin & Morgan, Counselors at Law, Delmar, N.Y., Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    Eminent domain is being abused by circumventing New Yorks Enabling Act. The Fifth Amendment right to compensation for a taking of private property is being denied with the governments imposition of transferable development rights for valuable property in the Long Island Pine Barrens, and with the use of zoning and smart growth regulation.
    Biography of James E. Morgan
 
 
  • Gideon Kanner“Eminent Domain-Where We Are, Where We’ve Been, & Where We Should Be Going”- By Gideon Kanner, Professor of Law Emeritus, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    Eminent domain is the dark corner of the law. There is no public use requirement increasingly in eminent domain, and the just compensation is concededly unjust. The legal development of private eminent domain took several key turns in American jurisprudence, but the big problem surfaced in the Berman case in 1954 in Washington, D.C. Eminent domain for redevelopment in New York involves favored, wasteful, big money deals.
    Biography of Gideon Kanner
 

Keynote Address

  • John Fund“Private Property Rights—Freedom in the Balance” -Keynote Address by John Fund, The Wall Street Journal, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    Often the best template by which to judge a member of Congress is not whether they have an R or D behind their name, not whether they say they are a conservative or say they are a liberal, but what their philosophical impulses are towards Kelo.
    Biography of John Fund
  Panel III -Property Rights Directions in America
 
  • Nate Dickinson“Wild Cities, Suburb Zoos and RuralOutrages — Reflections on My Career in Wildlife Management”-By Nathaniel R. Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    To understand the todays alarming increase in the conflict between different species of wildlife and man, Nate Dickinson recalls his successful effort to restore wildlife management in New York State to the legal mandate to maintain deer in balance with natural food supplies, to create conditions where man and nature can thrive in harmony. To prevent conflicts, there are places where wildlife should not be.
    Biography of Nate Dickinson
 
  • Jason Knox“Update on Property Rights in the U.S. Congress”-By Jason Knox, Staffer, Resources Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    Rep. Sensenbrenners eminent domain reform bill (H.R. 4128) died in the Senate. Rep. Chabots bill to enable property owners to bring Fifth Amendment takings cases into federal court (H.R.4772) would overcome the requirement that state remedies be exhausted and the ironic application of res judicata. Eminent domain due process reform would eliminate the bulk of federal condemnation abuse.
    Biography of Jason Knox
 
  • Fred V. Grau, Jr.“Invasive Species—Regulation by Fraud”
    - By Fred V. Grau, Jr., President Grasslyn, Inc., Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    Invasive species rules are already having negative impact on ranchers, farmers, sportsmen, and boaters. White listing in accord with the precautionary principle requires that you have to prove that a species doesnt cause harm before you can trade in it. The concept of biological pollution is starting to bring U.S. EPA jurisdiction over aquatic invasive species. Invasive species laws are a federal funding mechanism to The Nature Conservancy.
    Biography of Fred V. Grau, Jr.
 
  • Robert J. Smith“The Endangered Species Act—Can It Be Reformed?”
    - Robert J. Smith, President, Center for Private Conservation & Adjunct Environmental Scholar, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    The Endangered Species Act was conceived to control people, not to save species. It has never worked for its supposed purpose to save species. The Endangered Species Act created incentive to destroy red-cockaded woodpecker habitat in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was backed down by bad publicity after trying to force tree farmer Ben Coon of North Carolina to put his land under their extreme red-cockaded woodpecker restrictions. Congress is unlikely to reform the ESA soon.
    Biography of Robert J. Smith
  Panel IV - Linear Parks-A Radical Preservation Tool
 
  • Linda Rowley“Corruption in Trail Funding” - Linda S. Rowley, Railroad Impact Committee of the Hilltowns (RICH), Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    While fighting a planned bike path through her barn in Haydenville, Massachusetts, Linda Rowley discovered that federal transportation enhancement funding that was exclusively for congestion mitigation and air quality improvement (CMAQ) was being misapplied for purely recreational purposes. She also won a ruling in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that the railroad right-of-way was a road or a way under the Derelict Fee Statute, making it ineligible for federal trail funds because the property belonged to the underlying owners after the railroad was no longer in use.
    Biography of Linda Rowley
 
  • Peyton Knight“National Heritage Areas—An Appearance of Innocence” - By Peyton Knight, The National Center for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C., Speech at Tenth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
    National Heritage Areas are pork barrel earmarks that harm property rights and local governance. Heritage Areas have definite boundaries and are subject to a management entity composed of Green groups and the National Park Service to pressure local government to enact land-use restrictions. The Park Service surveys property within the Heritage Area for suitable land for National Park status.
    Biography of Peyton Knight
 

Closing Address

  • “U.S. Private Property Rights Under International Assault” - By Lawrence A. Kogan, Esq., Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development, Presented at the Tenth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006, sponsored by the Property Rights Foundation of America
    Left-leaning foreign governments, activists and academics are waging a campaign against the American free market, private property, and science and economics-based regulatory systems. The non-scientific Precautionary Principle, which has assumed regulatory status in Europe, means banning whole classes of products, substances and activities from entering the marketplace if it is merely possible, absent any scientific risk analysis, that they or the processes used for their manufacture might cause uncertain health or environmental harm sometime in the future.
    Biography of Lawrence Kogan

 

 

Property Rights 2005

October 22, 2005

Attendees at the PRFA 2005 Conference

 

Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights
THE BURNING QUEST
Rules of Engagement for Defending Our Property Rights

Ninth Annual National Property Rights Conference Slated for October 22, 2005

“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 The Burning QuestRules of Engagement for Defending Our Private Property Rights.Bill Moshofsky, Oregonians in Action, gave the Keynote on Oregons Measure 37 referendum. The Supreme Courts destructive Kelo eminent domain ruling compelled intense interest; the final panel and closing address focused on how citizens can battle the ruling locally and across the country.

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AwardsCarol W. LaGrasse and Gretna Longware

 
  • Carol W. LaGrasse“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 LaGrasses short, to-the-point summary of the basic, essential rules for grassroots success in defending private property rights at every level.
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
  Opening Address
 
  • Peter Blackman“Property Law Today—The New Feudalism”
    - By Peter Blackman, Author and Attorney, Louisa, Virginia, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
    Mr. Blackman discusses the disastrous ramifications of the disregard of property rights in American law today. He points out that we have a burden of proof, but one that we can ably meet, to show that not only are property rights consistent with these other human rights, but that property rights are critical to them.
    Biography of Peter Blackman
  Panel I — Turning the Tables to Defend Private Property Rights
 
  • John Gile“Successful Copyright Defense against the National Wildlife Federation”- By John C. Gile, Author and Publisher, Rockford, Illinois. Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
    The National Wildlife Federation pirated John C. Giles copyrighted childrens book, The First Forest, and distributed it to 547,000 homes, libraries, and schools. Remember, copyright, intellectual property, is the driving force for our nations economy, said John Gile, who is seeking Justice Department prosecution of criminal violations of the Constitutions copyright provision.
    Biography of John C. Gile
 
  • Harriet M. Hageman“Litigating for Private Property Rights — A Western Perspective” - By Harriet M. Hageman, Attorney, Hageman and Brighton, P.C., Cheyenne, Wyoming; Speech to the Ninth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 22, 2005)
    Threats to private property rights affect our families, our communities, our environment, our educational system and the future of our children. With the Prebles Jumping Mouse and the introduction of the Canadian gray wolf into Wyoming as examples, the Endangered Species Act is being manipulated, not for the purpose of benefiting endangered species, but to limit management and use of private property.
    Biography of Harriet M. Hageman
  Panel II — Citizen Action to Defend our Property Rights and Local Traditions
 
 
  • Gretna Longware“The Campaign to Save Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower” - By Gretna Longware, Elizabethtown, N.Y.; Speech to the Ninth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 22, 2005)
    The 80-year-old Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower is the symbol around which local Adirondack people are rallying to preserve their cultural heritage. Mrs. Longware is leading a campaign to stop a State plan to dismantle the tower.
    Biography of Gretna Longware
    Gretna Longware 1932- 2010
    Gretna Longware, who was beloved and admired throughout the North Country, died on April 22, 2010. She successfully focused efforts to save historic fire towers by leading a campaign to save Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower near Elizabethtown where she lived.
    We won, she said in a message that she left Carol LaGrasse after an APA meeting a few days before her death. I couldn’t make it. We showed them that people still have rights in northern New York.
    The fire tower survives her and is still the subject of deliberations by the DEC and APA about preserving it as a historic site.
    She was born Gretna May Lewis in Wadhams on June 1, 1932. Her rich life was marked by memorable contributions to the community, including co-authorship of Elizabethtown Bicentennial Book and campaigning to save the historic Baptist church steeple. She was recognized for her many years as a Morse code operator, with her ham radio call number WA2WHE. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Melvin C. Longware, whose uncle and great uncle served as forest rangers at the tower lookout; four daughters and their families; and one remaining sister.
 
 
  • 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.
    Biography of Guy Poulin
  Keynote Address
 
  • Bill Moshofsky“Regulatory Taking Compensation—The Successful Oregon Measure 37 Referendum” - By Bill Moshofsky, President, Oregonians in Action, Tigard, Oregon; Speech to the Ninth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 22, 2005)
    The Oregon Measure 37 referendum created a solution to the regulatory overkill that besets Oregons property owners, under arguably the strictest land use planning regulations in the country, excessive wetlands, endangered species and forest practice regulation. Oregonians in Action is still fighting against governments attempt to nullify the law.
    Biography of Bill Moshofsky
  Panel III — Threats and Directions to Strengthen Property Rights In America
 
  • James Burling“Forward for Private Property Rights”
    - By James S. Burling, Senior Counsel, Pacific Legal Foundation, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
    Go to the mirror to see the real enemy of property rights, ourselves. Pacific Legal Foundation has won lawsuits such as the Suitum and Palazzolo cases by looking at what happens to real-life people hit by regulations. In the older Nollan and Dolan cases, the property owner won because of the nonsensical results of regulation. But an oil company was not a sympathetic litigant in Chevron v. Lingle, and the justices failed to grasp economic logic. The Endangered Species Act Reform Act has important provisions to help landowners.
    Biography of James S. Burling
 
  • Robert J. Smith“The Pleistocene Park Project—Removing Civilization from North America” - By Robert J. Smith, Adjunct Environmental Scholar, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
    Environmental scholars proposed in August 2005 to restore the ecosystem and all the large animals that roamed North America at the end of the Pleistocene Ice Age, replacing extinct mammals with Asian and African counterparts, including elephants, lions, cheetahs, camels, wild horses and a giant tortoise, while eliminating human beings from ten states from Canada to Mexico, from the east edge of the Rockies to just west of the Mississippi River. This is just the latest of radical environmental proposals that are viewed as credible and explain what the environmental leadership is about.
    Biography of Robert J. Smith
 
  • Mark Bragg“Endangered Species Act Victims” - By Mark Bragg, The Broadcast Group, Washington, D.C., Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
    After surmounting years of obstruction by the Sierra Club and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of his proposed golf resort in Palm Springs, California, Mr. Bragg founded Victims of the Endangered Species Act to publicize the stories of people who have been hurt by the law.
    Biography of Mark Bragg
  Panel IV — The Eminent Domain Battleground
 
  • James Morgan“The Eminent Domain Battleground-Panel Introduction” - James E. Morgan, Galvin & Morgan, Attorneys, Delmar, N.Y. (Remarks to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
    The best way to change circumstances is by convincing local and state leaders of our principles. The best protectors of property and the environment are the people who own it.
    Biography of James E. Morgan
 
  • Michael Cristofaro“Local Citizen Organizing to Defeat Eminent Domain”
    - By Michael Cristofaro, Resident of the condemned Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
    The Cristofaro family gave up their first house to eminent domain, supposedly for a levee, but a private development was built there instead. They refused to move when the Citys New London Redevelopment Agency condemned their second home, and fought their way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where their case, Kelo v. New London, was defeated. Michael Cristofaro speaks about the injustice of eminent domain at every opportunity and is campaigning for the City Council.
    Biography of Michael Cristofaro
 
  • Jim Malatras“New York State Legislative Reform”
    - By Jim Malatras, Legislative Director, Office of Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, New York State Assembly; Speech to the Ninth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 22, 2005)
    Jim Malatras discusses key problems with New Yorks eminent domain process, the role of public authorities in eminent domain, and compares the approach of Assemblyman Brodsky with others in the context of the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court Decision.
    Biography of im Malatras
 
  • 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.
    Biography of Craig M. Call
  Closing Address
 
  • Steven Anderson“Eminent Domain Reforms at Every Level”
    - By Steven D. Anderson, Castle Coalition, Institute for Justice, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
    The majoritys point in Kelo v. New London that it must defer to a state deliberative body on the meaning of the Constitution borders on lunacy. Its point that state laws requiring some type of plan protect property owners from an overreaching government confirms the Courts detachment from reality.
    Biography of Steven D. Anderson

 

 

Property Rights 2004

October 23, 2004

The dais at the 2004 PRFA Conference

 

 

Eighth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights
Private Property Rights for the Future of Freedom and Prosperity

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  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Challenges to Our Vision” - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Welcome Address, Eighth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., Oct. 23, 2004)
    With our conviction for private property rights, we can counteract the do-gooders who are using environmental schemes to force rural people off their land and using eminent domain to destroy downtown urban neighborhoods.
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
  • Richard MiniterOpening Address - “International Property Rights and How to Win in This Country” - By Richard Miniter, Founder and President, Brussels Institute, Brussels, Belgium; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    Property rights are already lost in Europe, but in the United States only a few battles have been lost. It is time to win. Modeled after successful movements, Richard Miniters ten steps to win start with recruiting a legislative champion.
    Biography of Richard Miniter
  • Craig Call“Utah Property Rights Ombudsman — A National Model” - By Craig M. Call, Property Rights Ombudsman, State of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    The first property rights ombudsman in the world is a powerful negotiator for small property ownersmainly homeowners facing eminent domain, land use takings and land use ordinances imposed by state and local government.
    Biography of Craig M. Call
  • Scott Jones“A Voice for Forest Landowners in Washington—Protecting Productive Private Property” - By Scott Jones, Executive Vice President, Forest Landowners Association, Atlanta, Ga.; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    By partnering with organizations like the Forest Landowners Association, we can educate Congress about private property rights. Working together, we stopped regulations like TDML, which would have hurt forest management. We can eliminate the death tax and make incremental changes to the Endangered Species Act.
    Biography of Scott Jones
  • Matthew McKeown“Greetings” - By Matthew McKeown, Deputy Solicitor, U.S. Department of Interior; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    The Secretary of Interior is committed to protecting water rights of ranchers, using the Healthy Forest Initiative to restore communities in the Northwest, working with landowners to protect habitat under the Endangered Species Act, and establishing a way to settle RS2477 access roads.
    Biography of Matthew McKeown
  • Michael Shaw“Abundance Ecology—The Liberty Garden”
    - By Michael Shaw, Freedom 21 Radio Talk Show host, Proprietor of Liberty Garden, Aptos, California; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    By using intensive management, native plants whose seed bank was long dormant returned in great variety to Liberty Garden in Santa Cruz County on coastal California. Abundance ecology, based on private property rights, is the opposite of shortage ecology, based on the Endangered Species Act.
    Biography of Michael Shaw
  • Dick Patten“Repealing the Death Tax—Preserving Small Businesses” - By Dick Patten, Executive Director, American Family Business Institute, Washington, D.C.; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    Private property rights were held to be absolutely inalienable in the American constitutional system. But the Communist Manifesto of Marx and Engels began to have influence, calling for the abolition of private property and inheritance. The 10% inheritance tax of World War I rose to 77% by 1941, and is currently at 48%. A close battle rages in the U.S. Senate for permanent repeal.
    Biography of Dick Patten
  • “Eco-Terrorism and Animal Rights Extremism” - By John Gray, Intelligence Analyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation Counter Terrorism Division; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
  • Becky Norton DunlopKeynote Address - “Restoring Constitutionality and Rationality to Environmental Protection”
    - By Becky Norton Dunlop, Vice President, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    Environmental policies that emanate from liberty are the most successful. But constitutional principles of liberty, private property, due process, speech trials, and just compensation have been diminished in the name of environmental protection. We must advance an ownership society. Communicating with Congress and networking with potential allies are essential.
    Biography of Becky Norton Dunlop
  • Jim Malatras“Eminent Domain Reform” - By Jim Malatras, Legislative Director, Office of Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky, New York State Assembly; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    People across the ideological spectrum have joined Mr. Brodsky to successfully reform New Yorks eminent domain law, requiring notification of individual property owners. More reform lies ahead.
    Biography of Jim Malatras
  • Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove“Root Shock—How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It”
    - By Dr. Mindy Fullilove, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Public Health at Columbia University, New York, New York; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    People love the buildings they live in and their neighborhoods. When urban renewal destroyed 1,600 African American neighborhoods in the fifties and sixties, the losses were horrific. The black people called it Negro removal. Vibrant neighborhoods were lost. Nine out of ten jazz clubs died.
    Biography of Dr. Mindy Fullilove
  • Mark Alpert“Hope for People Fighting Rent Control” - By Mark Alpert, Attorney, Hart, King & Coldren, Santa Ana, California; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    In the decision Chevron USA v. Lingle, the Ninth Circuit ruled that a rent control law has to substantially advance a legitimate state interest, e.g., to provide affordable housing. Rent control laws are an example of the tyranny of the majority feared by Madison, which was why the framers of the Constitution adopted the Fifth Amendment.
    Biography of Mark Alpert
  • Mark Nix“Landowners United to Defend Private Property Rights”
    - By Mark Nix, Executive Director, South Carolina Landowners Association, Columbia, South Carolina; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    This speech includes good advice for all property rights groups, including: Form alliances with homeowners associations, churches, and other groups to defend property rights. Frame the issues to be understood. Warn people that government is taking away your propertys value, instead of about zoning. Get the news out to your members at least once a month.
    Biography of Mark Nix
  • Robert J. Smith“Landownership in America” - By Robert J. Smith, President, Center for Private Conservation & Senior Adjunct Scholar Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    The federal government owns about one third of the American land. All government landownership is between 42 and 48 percent of the land in the United States, the most socialized land system in the world.
    Biography of Robert J. Smith
  • Henry St. John FitzGeraldClosing Address – “Inverse Condemnation—The Rationale for Compensation for Regulatory Takings”
    - By Henry St. John FitzGerald, Attorney at Law, Arlington, Virginia; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    The Constitution is the biggest bulwark to protect our rights, including private property rights. Government keeps trying to expand its power, and important cases hold its power in check. The cases protecting property owners from regulatory takings began in 1922 with Pennsylvania Coal. Inverse condemnation is when so many land rights have been taken away that a Fifth Amendment Taking occurs.
    Biography of Henry St. John FitzGerald
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Property Rights 2003

October 18, 2003

Attendees at 2003 Conference

 

 

Seventh Annual Conference
Our Inalienable Heritage
 

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PRFA’s Annual Awards Ceremony recognized Dana Berliner of the Institute for Justice in Washington, D.C.; Don Parmeter of Northern Resources Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Kelli and Joseph Havranek of the Rondout Landowners Alliance in Rosendale, N.Y.

 
  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Our Inalienable Heritage” - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Welcome Address, Seventh Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., Oct. 18, 2003)
    Taking a look at the ways our rights are being eroded and setting history back on a path toward justice. Countervailing the soft-sell, long-term approach of moneyed interestsconservation easements, scenic byways, heritage areas, trailsthe high-sounding tools of landscape preservation.
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
 
  • Don Parmeter“Grassroots Action—Changing the Way We Govern Ourselves” - By Don Parmeter, Northern Resources Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Speech to the Seventh Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 18, 2003) Watershed planning, or basin-wide planning, mean regional land use control of the entire country. Citizens must organize, bring in diverse populations, strategize, figure out how to fix it, play offense, and not give up.
    Biography of Don Parmeter
 
  • Jeff Williams“Property Rights Bills in the New York State Legislature”
    - By Jeff Williams, Assistant Director of Government Relations, New York Farm Bureau - Speech to the Seventh Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2003)
    The New York Farm Bureaus 34,000 grassroots members succeeded in defeating a mislabeled canned shoot bill, which had no acreage limitation. Open burning and light pollution (fugitive lighting) bills threaten farmers. Tax exempt reform legislation could relieve undue burdens on property owners.
    Biography of Jeff Williams
 
  • Staurt R. Shamberg“Property Rights—The Court of Appeals of New York” - By Stuart R. Shamberg, Founder, Shamberg Marwell Hocherman Davis & Hollis, P.C., Seventh Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2003)
    In 2002 the Court of Appeals sent a very clear message that courts were not to substitute their decision for the determination of the local zoning board if there was any evidence in the administrative record to support its decision. In environmental law, in the case of Bath Petroleum Storage v. DEC, the Appellate Div. - 4th Dept. reversed the Supreme Court in Livingston County, in effect sanctioning endless information requests by an administrative agency requiring the applicants agreement with the agencys conclusions.
    Biography of Stuart R. Shamberg
 
  • Julia D. Mahoney, Ph.D.“Conservation Easements-Perpetual Problems”
    - By Julia D. Mahoney, Ph.D., Professor, University of Virginia School of Law, Speech to the Seventh Annual NY Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2003)
    Conservation servitudes have been used to protect millions of acres of lands. Is it feasible or desirable to bind future generations? Conservation easements are designed to prevent the reunification of the interest to the property owner.
    Biography of Julia Mahoney
 
  • Dana Berliner“Eminent Domain for Private Gain”- By Dana Berliner, Keynote Address, Seventh Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2003)
    Eminent Domain is being widely abused to benefit private parties. New York is the worst state in the country for abusing the power of eminent domain. Where the courts are hostile, creative citizen activists defeat eminent domain.
    Biography of Dana Berliner
 
  • Susan Allen“Scenic Byways — Innocent Sounding Land Management” - By Susan Allen, Adirondack Park Agency Reporter, Speech to Seventh Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2003)
    A succession of interlocking programs and preservation plans in northeastern New York build a juggernaut of restrictions on private Property. Included are federal and state Scenic Byways, Heritage Areas and watershed management.
    Biography of Susan Allen
 
  • 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, Albany, N.Y., 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.
    Biography of Joseph Havranek
 
  • Robert J. Smith“Invasive Species—Intrusive Regulation”
    - By Robert J. Smith, President, Center for Private Conservation, Washington, D.C., Speech at the Seventh Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 2003)
    Invasive species are everywhere. If the Greens get an invasive species program started, theyll have an Office of Invasive Species or Invasive Species Program so that they can take all the things they dislike, whether it is crown vetch or whatever, and put them on the list and then start eradicating them, and that is going to mean an end to your private property.
    Biography of Robert J. Smith
  “Seventh Annual Conference on Private Property Rights A Great Success” - First hand report on NY 2003 - “Our Inalienable Heritage”

 

 

November 16, 2002

Attendees at the 2002 conference

 

Sixth Annual Conference
Celebrating Private Property Rights, Keeping Private Lands in Private Hands
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  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Welcome - Celebrating Private Property Rights”
    - By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    Some people think that we can defend private property rights without standing up for the preservation of private property ownership. From the beginning, PRFA has stood for the preservation of private property ownership.
    Biography of Carol W. LaGrasse
  • Robert J. SmithKeynote Address - “Private Conservation — Proven Environmentalism” - By Robert J. Smith, Center for Private Conservation, Washington, D.C., Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    This engrossing discourse on ornithology and other wildlife is meant to convey the good news that private landowners and private associations are almost always better stewards of the land, resources, and wildlife than government coercion and government ownership.
    Biography of Robert J. Smith
 
  • Tom BethellOpening Address - “The Noblest Triumph — Private Property, The Historical Route to Prosperity
    - By Tom Bethell, Senior Editor, The American Spectator, Speech at the Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    Private property has been neglected by economists, but is the logical starting point of economic analysis. Mr. Bethell points to the role of private property in the development of Western civilization, contrasting it with the failed one-hundred year “experiment” in Communism.
    Biography of Tom Bethell
  • Prof. Jon Reisman“Rural Cleansing in Maine: Watermelons, Wildlands and RINO’s” - Jon Reisman, associate professor of economics and public policy, University of Maine at Machias, Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    How religious environmentalism, anti-capitalism, and the Endangered Species Act are destroying a rural natural resource-based economy.
    Biography of Jon Reisman
 
  • Matt Bennett“The Wildlands Program” - By Thomas M. Bennett, Maryville, Tennessee, Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    While describing how The Wildlands Project’s core, buffer, and corridor zones are meant to accomplish the return of at least one-half of the land in North America to wilderness with no human influence, “Matt” Bennett of Treekeepers.org warns an unsuspecting populace to be on the watch for “synergy,” where the Wildlands vision is implemented piecemeal.
    Biography of Thomas M. Bennett
  • “Defending New England Traditions” - By Sean McKeon, Speech, Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    The American tradition of private property is rooted in the documents from which the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were drawn. To defend Vermont traditions, the forest industry, farmers, small businesses, and activists who believe in freedom should stand together.
    Biography of Sean McKeon
  • Jeff Williams“Private Property Rights of Farmers: Updates in Takings and Related Case Law” - By Jeff Williams and
    Leah Hurtgen, New York State Farm Bureau, Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    A broad overview of significant recent cased that have occurred in New York State and in other parts of this country, which affect agriculture and other land-intensive business such as logging and will touch individual property owners: Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council, Inc. v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (122 S. Ct. 1465 (2002); the victorious Palazzolo v. Rhode Island and related historic cases; Town of Lysander v. Hafner (New York State Court of Appeals, October 18, 2001); the disappointing Long Island Pine Barrens v. Town of Riverhead; the California case Pronsolino v. EPA; and another Ninth Circuit case Borden Ranch v. Army Corps of Engineers.
    Biography of Jeff Williams
  • “Private Conservation of Wildlife in Africa” - By Brian Seasholes, Speech to the Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    The creation of property rights to wildlife in southern Africa caused wildlife to burgeon on private lands. In Zimbabwe, the black rhinoceros, lions, elephants, and imperiled wild dogs migrated to conservancies, where they multiplied.
    Biography of Brian Seasholes
  • Michael Hardiman“Protecting Private Property-Prospects in the 108th Congress” - By Michael Hardiman, Hardiman Consulting, Washington, D.C., Speech at the Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    Mr. Hardiman sees a strong chance for improvements to the Endangered Species Act, to require sound science to list new species, and an excellent chance that the estate tax, whose biggest supporter is the land trusts, will be permanently repealed.
    Biography of Michael Hardiman
  • James E. Morgan“Eminent Domain - Current Status, Future Directions”
    - By James E. Morgan, Attorney, Galvin and Morgan, Delmar, New York, Speech, Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    Government is misusing eminent domain to transfer property in so-called “blighted” downtown neighborhoods to developers. At the same time, where New York’s eminent domain rules would be the fair answer, Long Island Pine Barrens properties are zoned for zero use, but receive no compensation.
    Biography of James E. Morgan
  • “Turning the Tables — ‘Good Guys’ Using Environmental Law” - By Kathleen Benedetto, National Wilderness Institute, Washington, D.C., Speech at the Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    Federal agencies fail to abide by environmental law that everybody else has to adhere to. NWI’s Endangered Species Act lawsuit complains that the EPA and other federal agencies are failing to protect the bald eagle and the short-nosed sturgeon during construction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac. Their Clean Water Act lawsuit charges that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allows the Washington Acqueduct to discharge 200,000 tons sludge annually into the Potomac.
  • 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, Albany, N.Y., 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.
    Biography of Madeline Shiela Galvin
 
  • J. Zane Walley“Land Grab by Conservation Easement”
    - By J. Zane Walley, Editor, The Paragon Powerhouse, Paragon Foundation, Lincoln, New Mexico, Sixth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., November 16, 2002)
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is enlarging the Everglades by using its canals to raise the water level in Dade County, Florida — flooding an 8.5 square mile area where over 500 families live, ruining the avocado orchards and other farms, and making the area uninhabitable. Transferable development rights are also imposed to return the land to “Wildlands.”

 

 

 October 21, 2000

Attendees at 2000 Annual Conference

 

Fifth Annual Conference—A Wake-Up Call, Organizing for Success
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  “Gathered for Success: Property Rights Enthusiasts Assemble for fifth Annual New York Conference” - Report on the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 2000)
 
  • Reginald G. JonesKeynote Address - “Freedom—The Way Up From Racism and Poverty” - By Reginald G. Jones, President, Reggitainment Group, Lindenwold, New Jersey, Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 21, 2000)
    Biography of Reginald G. Jones
 
 
  • Ray Kreig, P.E.,R. A.“The Web - Unlimited Outreach” by Ray Kreig, P.E., R.A. Kreig Associates, Anchorage, Alaska; speech delivered at theFifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 21, 2000)
    Ray Kreig advises how his and Ms. Gerharts web site was organized effectively during 1999-2000 to defeat the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA).
    Biography of Ray Krieg
 
 
  • “Sustaining a Local Property Rights Group” - Barry Klein, President Houston Property Rights Association, Reprinted from Proceedings of the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 21, 2000)
    Sustaining the property rights association that leads the battle to keep zoning out of Houston involves a sophisticated, thorough knowledge of urban affairs; weekly meetings hosting worthwhile speakers; a regular newsletter; political organizing; and the sustenance of volunteers and funding.
    Biography of Barry Klein
 
  • Jeff Williams“Reaching Your Representative” - By Jeff Williams, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations, New York Farm Bureau, Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 21, 2000)
    Biography of Jeff Williams
 
  • Robert H.NelsonClosing Address
    “Burning Issues-The Dangers of Government Forest Management”
    - By Robert H. Nelson, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Policy, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 21, 2000)
    A record of warnings by experts in the forestry profession going back a decade states that Western forests are a fire hazard waiting to happen. Instead of managing the 600 million acres of federally owned forests like a theme park, they should be handled professionally, to protect the environment and serve the people of the U.S.
    Biography of Robert H. Nelson
 
  • Also included in Full Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference:
    • Welcome—Going Forward, Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Stony Creek, New York
    • An Introduction to Panel I—Quality Organizing, Walter H. Olsen, Sr., Civil Property Rights Associates, Inc., Riverhead, New York
    • The Power of Information, Bruce G. Siminoff, Author, Califon, New Jersey
    • Fund Raising—The Nuts and Bolts of Advocacy, Kevin Gentry, Vice President, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia
    • An Introduction to Panel II—Communicating Your Case, Thomas A. Miller, Allegany Citizens Rights Committee, Allegany, New York
    • Keys to the Successful Newsletter, What to Do and What to Avoid, Adrian R. Tiemann, Ph.D., Homeowners Against Rent Kontrols (HARK), Schenectady, New York
    • Media Success, Michael Hardiman, Hardiman Consulting, Washington, D.C.
    • Reaching the World Through Local Television and Web TV, Gary Edwards, Edwards Production Television, Massena, New York

 

 

Property Rights 1999
 Fourth Annual Conference —
The Best Alternative, Enhancing Private Property Rights

 

“Gathered Leaders Proclaim: Private Property Rights Will Best Pave the Way for the Future: Not ‘Smart Growth,’ Government Ownership and Regulation” - report on the Fourth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1999)

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  • Also included in Full Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Conference:
    • Welcome—Our Fifth Anniversary, Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Stony Creek, New York
    • Balancing the States Regulation of Resources, James E. Morgan, Attorney, Delmar, New York
    • How to Fight the Powers That Be, Paul Palmieri, President, Coalition of Landlords, Homeowners & Merchants, Copiague, New York

 

 

Property Rights 1998

Third Annual Conference
REAL PEOPLE, THEIR PROPERTY UNDER ATTACK

 

“Third Annual Conference Draws Large Crowd—Theme is ‘Real People-Their Property Under Attack’ ” - report on the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1998)

 

  • Jay H. Lehr, Ph.D.Opening Address
    “Shaky Foundations — The Exaggerated Basis for Environmental Land-Use Controls” - Jay H. Lehr, Ph.D., President Environmental Education Enterprises, Inc., Ostrander, Ohio, Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1998)
    An environmental scientist for 44 years who helped write every piece of federal environmental legislation between 1965 and 1987, Jay Lehr states that todays wetlands enforcement is irrational; that the Endangered Species Act is one of the most terrible pieces of legislation in the whole environmental arena; that pollution of our air, water, soil, and from solid waste has been greatly curtailed; and that some issues, including radon and ozone, are a farce.
    Biography of Jay H. Lehr
  • “Rent Control” - By Marcy Ellin Boucher, Apartment Owner, Manhattan, N.Y.
    Ms. Boucher describes her Kafkaesque ordeal attempting to collect rent from the free-loading, well-organized 18 tenants in her apartment house, who are protected by rent control and New York Citys system of tenant protections.
  • Walter H. Olsen, Sr.“Wetlands” - By Walter H. Olsen, Sr., Flanders, N.Y.,
    Mr. Olsen relates his personal experience where his property was trapped by New York State DECs and the Town of Southamptons wetlands enforcement.
    Biography of Walter H. Olsen
  • Adrian R. Tiemann“Behind Rent Control: Property Rites and Economic Wrongs”
    - By Adrian R. Tiemann, Ph.D., President, HARK, Homeowners Against Rent Kontrols, Schenectady, N.Y.
    Ms. Tiemann documents how the wealthy disproportionately occupy rent controlled units, how politicians and bureaucrats benefit from the system, and how the losses and bankruptcies that landlords experience impact income taxes collected by the State, and are passed along to upstate, as well as urban, taxpayers. Her speech concludes with urgently needed, practical recommendations for reform.
    Biography of Adrian R. Tiemann
  • “Effects of Local Ordinances on Forestry” — Gregory M. DeSylva, Consulting Forester, Rhinebeck, New York, from Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA 1998)
    In spite of selective harvesting and monitoring logging jobs to see that the environment and private property are protected, this consulting forester found that the forest industry is still given hell, with lengthy permits with outrageous restrictions, excessive bonding, DEC-approved loggers, no-cut zones, and other problems.

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  • Also included in Full Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference:
    • Welcome — A Private Property Rights Perspective on Environmental Zoning and Other Infringements, Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Stony Creek, N.Y.
    • Government Overkill - Andrew M. Langer, Defenders of Property Rights, Washington, D.C., & Fort Walton Beach, Florida
    • Suburban Zonings Effects of Farming, Thomas J. Cogger, Farmer, Chappaqua, N.Y.
    • New York City Watershed Rules, Adele Aguirre, Homeowner, Carmel, New York
    • Adirondack Park Agency Impositions, Conrad Russell, Private Landowner, Cold Brook, N.Y.
    • Introduction—Regaining Our Private Property Rights, by James E. Morgan, Galvin & Morgan, Attorneys, Delmar, N.Y.
    • Political Action to Defeat State-Sponsored Zoning, Lawrence Connolly, President, Coxsackie Awareness group, Coxsackie, N.Y.
    • Insiders Influence on Government Policy, Roland R. Vosburgh, Director of Planning, Columbia County, Hudson, N.Y.
    • The Northern Forest Land Alliance, David W. Guernsey, Publisher, Settler’s Advocate, Kingsfield, Maine
    • Conference Wrap-Up, Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist and Author, Altamont, N.Y.

 

 

Property Rights 1996

Second Annual Conference—New York, A Mirror of the Nation
“Second Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights—Experts Call for Respect for Private Property Rights” - report on the Second Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1996)

 

  • James BovardKeynote Address - “Government, the New Leviathan” - By
    James Bovard, Author, Public Policy Analyst, from Proceedings of the Second Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1996)
    One of the most radical changes in Americans lives in recent years is the proliferation of asset forfeiture laws. Federal agents have confiscated over $5 billion in cash, cars, homes, boats and other property from citizens in the last 10 years - in most cases, with no proof of criminal wrongdoing by the owner.
  • Michael S. Greve, Ph. D.“Environmental Bounty Hunting” - By Michael S. Greve, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Individual Rights, Washington, D.C.
    (Dr. Greve is now at American Enterprise Institute.)
  • John McClaughry“Social Property and the New Feudalism” - John McClaughry, ret. Vermont State Senator; President, Ethan Allen Institute, Concord, Vermont
    Feudalism is coming back in a different guise. A growing body of legal theorists, allied with activist organizations and congenial political leaders, has been working very hard to replace the long-cherished concept of freehold property and land with the old feudal concept of social property.

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  • Also included in Full Proceedings of the Second Annual Conference:
    • Welcome — New York in Court — A Mirror of the Nation, Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Stony Creek, N.Y.
    • Opening Address - Hungarian Freedom Fighter — U.S. Federal Prison for Wetlands Infraction, Victoria Pozsgai Khoury, Property Rights Advocate and Consultant, Bay Shore, N.Y.
    • Grandfathering/Single and Separate Ownership, Edward J. Ledogar, Attorney, West Islip, N.Y.
    • Federal Lawsuit on State Forest Preserve Assessments, James E. Morgan, Attorney, Galvin & Morgan, Delmar, N.Y.
    • Privately Owned Underwater Lands — Asserting an Owners Exclusive Rights, H. Douglas Barclay & Diane Van Epps, Attorneys, Hiscock & Barclay, Syracuse, N.Y.
    • The Not-Profit/Government Interface — Quietly Acquiring Private Property, Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Stony Creek, N.Y.
    • A Hard Look at Environmental Land Trusts, Ron Arnold, Center for Defense of Free Enterprise, Bellevue, Washington
    • Douglaston Manor, Inc. v. George Bahrakis, et al - Selected References from New York State Court of Appeals Opinion

 

 

Property Rights 1995

First Annual Conference—The Moral High Ground
  “New York State Property Owners Rally for Protection of Rights” - report on the First Annual New York State Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1995)
 
 
 
 
  • Tom Rawles“Western States Directions to Regain Land-Use Sovereignty” - By Tom Rawles, Chairman, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Phoenix, Arizona, Reprinted from Proceedings of the First Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1995)
    The federal and state governments, and Indian tribes own 87 % of the land in Arizona. State sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment should be implemented. Protections for property rights to implement the Nollan and Dolan decisions, to provide Takings compensation, and to do Takings assessments of legislation should be passed in each state.
 
 

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  • Also included in Full Proceedings of the First Annual Conference:
    • Welcome, Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Stony Creek, N.Y.
    • Private Property Rights in the State Legislature, Senator Owen H. Johnson, Vice President Pro Tempore, New York State Senate
    • Maximizing Local Control While Protecting New York Citys Watershed, Mick Mann, Executive Director, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, N.Y.
    • Constitutional Protection of Farm Values, Sheila Powers, President, Albany County Farm Bureau, N.Y.
    • Keeping Zoning Local and Constitutional, James E. Morgan, Esq., Galvin & Morgan, Attorneys, Delmar, New York
    • The Adirondacks — 20 Years Under A Unique State Commission, Dennis Phillips, Esq., McPhillips, Fitzgerald and Meyer, L.L.P., Glens Falls, N.Y.
    • Promoting Home Ownership by Reducing Government, Robert A. Wieboldt, Executive Vice President, New York State Builders Association, N.Y.
    • Property Rights Legislation in Congress, Congressman Richard Pombo, U.S. House of Representatives (California)
    • Property Rights Wrap-Up, Bill Moshofsky, President, Oregonians In Action Legal Center
     

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