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On Friday, October 26th our attorney, Michael S. Hiller, presented the motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in Manhattan Supreme Court in front of Judge Lynn Kotler.
Judge Kotler granted the motion and ordered a complete STOP to all construction activities in Theodore Roosevelt Park until at least December 11, 2018.
Read the Press Release for full details!
The Litigation Timeline in Brief
On Tuesday, October 2 our attorney, Michael S. Hiller, argued our Article 78 appeal in Manhattan Supreme Court in front of Judge Lynn Kotler. We now are awaiting her decision which we anticipate will take several months to receive.
Until that time, we continue to encourage the community to monitor the park for construction activity and report their observations to Community United via email (protectTRpark@gmail.com).
Please watch the video above ^^^ for a summary of the case attorney Michael Hiller presented in court.
Michael Hiller, attorney for Community United and the UWS neighborhood at large, completes the litigation filings in the Article 78 appeal. A court date for an oral argument hearing between Mr. Hiller and opposing counsel is later set for Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park files a petition with the Manhattan Supreme Court to halt the egregious and illegal plan by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to seize public parkland and build the community-opposed Richard Gilder Center.
Represented by land-use attorney, Michael Hiller, who has a track record of success preserving public assets, the petition seeks to protect the interests of the neighborhood at large and preserve our neighborhood's health, safety, and quality of life.
Community United hosts a Town Hall meeting to present the case to the neighborhood. Michael Hiller delivers remarks and answers questions from the gathered attendees. Read the full Press Release Here>> or watch Michael's remarks in the video below.
Department of Parks’ Commissioner Mitchell Silver approved the AMNH's application in December 2017 just days after the brief period allowed over Thanksgiving week for public comments and objections following the release, ten days earlier, of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).
The FEIS contains more than 2,500 pages of hazardous materials and admits the presence of deadly toxins including: beryllium,lead, mercury, chromium, & nickel, along with PAHs and industrial solvents in BOTH soil and ground water samples.
The FEIS is incomplete in its health and safety information despite being over 8,000 pages long. It is clear that the officials charged with protecting public health have chosen to ignore the rightful concerns raised by the public during the ten-day comment period. Community United engaged GHD; an award-winning, global, environmental consulting firm to conduct an independent assessment of the AMNH's findings and conclusions. Our report provides a transparent assessment of the Gilder Center's impact on: health & safety, traffic patterns, community well-being. Read our Summary Here>>