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Congressman Engel, Senator Klein, Assemblyman Dinowitz and Councilmember Cohen to File Joint Amicus Brief Against LG Headquarters

 

RIVERDALE, NY– Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (D-Riverdale) and Councilmember Andrew Cohen (D-Riverdale) are continuing their joint opposition towards the proposed 143-foot LG Electronics building by taking legal action in support of an appeal to the current plan for development.

A variance in the zoning law along the Palisades authorized LG Electronics to build above the 35 foot maximum height restriction. Local New Jersey residents, the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs and the environmental group, and Scenic Hudson subsequently filed a lawsuit against LG Electronics and the Zoning Board of Adjustment, challenging the authority of the Zoning Board to grant LG Electronics the right to construct such a tall building. 

In early August of 2013, the Bergen County Superior Court upheld LG Electronics’ plan to construct a 143-foot building headquarters. With the plaintiffs filing an appeal in the hopes of overturning this decision, elected officials representing parts of the Bronx and Westchester that directly face the Palisades are planning to file an amicus brief on behalf of this appeal.

The amicus brief will be filed by Bradley M. Campbell, Esq., a nationally recognized environmental lawyer based in New Jersey. His previous work includes serving as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), regional administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Mid-Atlantic region and as a  attorney at the United States Department of Justice. During his tenure as New Jersey DEP Commissioner, Mr. Campbell secured permanent statutory protection for New Jersey's Highlands region, and worked closely with New York in establishing tougher standards on automobile, mercury, power plant and greenhouse gas emissions. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. Campbell was the first public official in the nation to mandate increased safeguards for chemical plant security.

The amicus is expected to be filed in the beginning of March.

Senator Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) said: “New York and New Jersey may be a river apart, but residents from both states understand the importance of preserving the national treasure of the Palisades. That’s why Congressman Engel, Assemblyman Dinowitz, Councilmember Cohen and I are taking important legal action to overturn this judge's tragic decision. Together, we'll continue to do everything possible to stop LG’s massive and unwanted overdevelopment."

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) said, “The Palisades are among our region's most prominent natural assets, but overdevelopment jeopardizes this treasure for future generations.  As we have seen over many years, smart development can be combined with conservation efforts so that we can create jobs in the region without sacrificing one of the trademark landscapes in New York.  LG's decision to locate their new headquarters here is a rebuke to conservation efforts.  That is why I join in this amicus brief opposing this new building."

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Riverdale) said, "The breathtaking view and natural beauty of the Palisades has existed for eons. The construction of this huge tower by LG would forever spoil this incredible natural resource. It will also irrevocably open the door for future large scale construction on the palisades and it’s simply not necessary. They can easily build a facility of equal capacity by building shorter and wider. Shame on them."

“The approval of this project would set a dangerous precedent for future developments which would be detrimental to the integrity of the Palisades.  This is a view that has survived undisturbed since the end of the last ice age.  I am at a loss for words over LG’s total disregard for the indisputable beauty of this National Natural Landmark.  Filing this amicus represents this community’s commitment to preserving the Palisades,” said Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Riverdale).

 

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