Remembering a fighter for Willets Pt.
The legacy of Joe Ardizzone lives on in the lives of the people
By Ryan Brady, Associate editor, Queens Chronicle
Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016
The article quotes many people who respected Joe and points
out that he was recognized by the Property Rights Foundation
of America for his efforts to fight the Willets Point redevelopment
Resident Sues Borough President Katz for Willets Point Records
Sole legal recourse after Katz's office repeatedly
denied public's right to know
"Property Rights Foundation
of America Presents Freedom Award to New York State Senator Tony
Avella" - Bayside, New York City, May 2, 2016 (PRFA
news article, May 20, 2016)
The Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., presents
its 2016 Freedom Award to New York State Senator Tony Avella
on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the senator's district office
in Bayside, Queens, in honor of the senator's leadership
of the multi-party lawsuit Sen. Tony Avella, at al. vs. The
City of New York, et al., to protect the communities and industries
in the wide area around Citi Field stadium in Corona from high-rise
commercial development the 1.4 million square foot "Willets
West" mega-mall that would elimate major parkland
and crowd out Willets Point. News reports featured Senator Avella's
principle defending the people.
in Appellate Court against the City of New York, But Battles
Loom" - By Robert LoScalzo, Irene Prestigiacomo and
Joe Ardizzone of Willets Point United, Willets Point, Queens
County, New York City.Speech to the Nineteenth Annual National
Conference on Private Property Rights, Property Rights Foundation
of America, Inc., Century House, Latham, N.Y., October 17, 2015
Robert LoScalzo and PRFA's 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.
The Willets Point group just won an appeal on the basis that
the sale of parkland to developers was illegal.
Irene Prestigiacomo, Robert LoScalzo
Unique Civic Alliance Goes to Court: Protecting City Parkland
and Willets Point, " By Robert LoScalzo, Joseph Ardizzone,
& Irene Prestigiacomo, Willets Point United, Willets Point,
Queens Counrt, New York City. Speech to the Eighteenth Annual
National Conference on Private Property Rights, Property Rights
Foundation of America, Inc., Century House, Latham, N.Y., October
Detailed summary of speech along with photos, describing the
joint lawsuit by State Senator Tony Avela, Willets Point United,
The City Club of New York, New York City Park Advocates, and
individuals and businesses of Willets Point.
Pretexts: Urban Business Owners' Rights Violated" Speech
to the Seventeenth Annual National Conference on Private Property
Rights, sponsored by the Property Rights Foundation of America,
Inc., October 26, 2013, 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 Bloomberg's
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
story of the battle of the property owners and tenants in Willets
Point, Queens County, New York City, against the City of New
York's 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 City's withdrawal
of its eminent domain papers a few days before the appeal was
to be heard, the City's subsequent announcements and changes
to its plan, and the corruption involved with the original approval
of the plan by the City Council.
Corruption of Eminent Domain
Sixteenth Annual National Conference On Private Property
Photo Story, Oct. 20, 2012
- "New York
City Withdraws Its Willets Point Eminent Domain Papers from Court"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from New York Property Rights
Clearinghouse, Vol. 16 No. 2 (PRFA)
On Wednesday May 2, 2012, the City of New York withdrew its
papers from the Brooklyn Appellate Court where the appeal by
the Willets Point property owners was to be heard on the very
next Monday. The city had made serious legal errors that were
challenged in the appeal, but, rather than acknowledging this
as the reason for withdrawing, Mayor Bloomberg's office
put a spin on the news that there are bigger plans in store.
In a confusing series of articles, the weeklies gave fair treatment
to the Willets Point community, but The Wall Street Journal
and Newsday were biased against the property owners,
and the Mayor's statements were disdainful and distortive.
Brief Filed to Support Willets Point Businesses Faced with New
York City's Eminent Domain - By Carol W./ LaGrasse
PRFA argues for Constitutionally-based bounds on urban condemnation.
Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 16
No.1 (PRFA Winter 2012)
- New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Department,
Serrone v. City of New York, January 26, 2012. Brief
of Amicus Curiae - John S. Marwell of Shamberg Marwell &
Hollis, Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Jeremy C. Marwell and David F.
Hawkins, of Counsel of Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, D.C.
- Willets Point Amicus Brief Filed on Behalf of the Property
Rights Foundation of America, Inc. - News Bulletin, Vinson &
Elkins, January 26, 2012
Vinson & Elkins files amicus brief in support of petitioners
in Willets Point eminent domain lawsuit in the New York State
Appellate Division, Second Department.
Link to bulletin: http://www.velaw.com/resources/VinsonElkinsFilesAmicusBrief
- "The City of
New York's Harassment of Willets Point's Landowners and Tenants"
- 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."
Point, New York City: Another Community Being Sucked into the
Vortex of Urban Redevelopment" -
A Photo Essay, all photos by Peter J. LaGrasse, captions by Carol
W. LaGrasse - Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse,
Summer 2011 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc.)
Undefined urban redevelopment near the new Citi Field stadium
is the latest rationale for New York City's eminent domain
action to wipe out Willets Point, a thriving industrial community
of over 200 businesses employing over 1,500 people.
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