Posts Tagged ‘akrf’

Government Bad Faith

September 14, 2008

As we have reported, already two NYS courts have come down hard on the conflict of interest caused by the state hiring the same consultant as Columbia had already retained.  In other words, this firm, AKRF, which had already been under contract to Columbia to ADVOCATE ON ITS BEHALF was then hired by the state to perform the (theoretically unbaised) “blight study” – the necessary ingredient  before the ESDC can start condemnation proceedings. 

This unholy alliance only was found out by our attorneys, led by Norman Siegel, through our numerous (and costly) Freedom of Information Law requests. 

It is our belief that on the basis of this conflict alone, the courts should throw out the entire condemnation process. We may soon be asking the courts to do just this.

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NYT Article – Neutrality in Expansion at Columbia is Questioned

September 10, 2008

By: Anemona Hartocollis, June 30, 2007

New York State Appellate Div Appeal Decision

September 10, 2008

July 15, 2008

NYS Supreme Ct Decision

September 10, 2008

Judge Kornreich – June 27, 2007