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Friends of Thayer Lake LLC v. Brown

New York's highest court held that material questions of fact prevent it from ruling on whether a narrow waterway within a remote area of the Adirondack Mountains is navigable-in-fact and therefore open to public use. At issue in the...

Energy Corp. USA v. Town of Dryden

New York's highest court held that local governments may ban oil and gas production activities, including hydraulic fracturing, through the adoption of local zoning laws. The case arose after two towns enacted zoning laws banning...

Jeffrey v. Ryan

A New York court struck down a city's local ordinance that placed a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing within its borders. The city argued that it issued the ordinance under its local police powers and that it was therefore not...

O'Mara v. Wappinger, Town of

On certification from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals held that an open space restriction imposed by a subdivision plat under New York Town Law §276 and filed in the Office of the...

Nilsson v. Department of Envtl. Protection of N.Y.

New York's highest court ordered the modification of a lower court decision reversing a local agency's denial of a landowner's request for a variance to build an underground sewage treatment system within the New York City watershed....

Syracuse v. Onondaga County

The court upheld an interlocutory order joining a city as a third-party defendant in an environmental group's 14-year-old Clean Water Act (CWA) action against a county, but certified to the New York Court of Appeals questions concerning...

Eadie v. Town Bd. of N. Greenbush

A court upholds the dismissal of residents' state- and local-law claims challenging the rezoning of a large area of land for retail development. The rezoning does not require a three-fourths majority vote of the town board because the...

Smith v. Mendon, Town of

New York's highest court holds that a municipality does not commit an unconstitutional taking when it conditions site plan approval on landowners' acceptance of a development restriction consistent with the municipality's preexisting...

Dalrymple Gravel & Contracting Co. v. Erwin, Town of

The court affirms, but on different grounds, a lower court decision invalidating a local ordinance prohibiting new mining activities in a town. The lower court erred in invalidating the local law based on the town's failure to comply...

520 E. 81st St. Assocs. v. State

The court holds that the proper method of determining just compensation for the state's temporary regulatory taking of 39 apartments requires not only the sale value of the property, but also interest on the sale value. In 1985, the...