NYU Lawsuit Update
The lawsuit by GVSHP and a coalition of community, preservation, and civic groups and elected officials against NYU’s massive expansion plan is reaching its final stage, the Court of Appeals in Albany. We were thrilled earlier this year when the court chose to accept our case, challenging the city’s approval of the 2 million square foot, twenty-year construction plan.
We are happy to report that an impressive bi-partisan coalition of state legislators, environmental groups, legal scholars, and civic leaders have filed amicus briefs in support of our case â€“ read the press release here. Those submissions address the tremendous issues at stake in the case, the manner in which public parks, playgrounds, and other open space can (or cannot) be given away to institutions like NYU by the City. In January 2014, Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills agreed with our lawsuit and said that the City illegally alienated park space without the approval of the State Legislature -- a ruling which NYU and the City appealed, and which was overturned. The Court of Appeals will now decide the final outcome in this case. Arguments are scheduled to begin June 2.