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JOHN A. DeFRANCISCO
SENATOR, 50th DISTRICT

November 30, 2005

Ms. Carol W. LaGrasse
President, Property Rights Foundation of America
PO Box 75
Stony Creek, New York 12878

Dear Ms. LaGrasse:

Thank you for contacting my office and sending me a copy of the remarks you delivered at the October 18, 2005 Senate hearing on eminent domain reform. I was able to take part in a hearing on this matter that was held on October 27, 2005 in Syracuse. That hearing provided a wonderful opportunity for local government officials, business leaders, and regular citizens to offer their comments and suggestions on how New York State can protect the property rights of all citizens.

As you probably know, reforming New York State's eminent domain laws is one of my top legislative priorities. Earlier this year, I introduced S.5938, a bill to reform the state's eminent domain laws. This bill has three main components. First, it limits the use of eminent domain to true public projects, such as the construction of highways, schools, or parks. Next, this bill requires that any use of eminent domain by industrial development agencies must be approved by an elected body, such as a county legislature. Finally, S.5938 allows the owner of property taken by eminent domain to receive relocation costs on top of "just compensation."

In addition to S.5938, I also introduced S.5961, a constitutional amendment restricting the use of eminent domain to true public projects. In order for this amendment to be added to the state constitution, it must be approved by two separately elected state legislatures and the voters of the state in a referendum.

Thanks again for taking the time to contact me about this very important issue. When the 2006 legislative session begins in January, I will certainly do what I can to see that meaningful legislation protecting the rights of New York State's property owners is approved by the state legislature.

Very truly yours,

John A. DeFrancisco
State Senator

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