Cannon Point Preservation Corp Litigation - Lost on Appeal
It is with sadness, that I must report to you that CPPC, the leading force in opposition to the proposed destruction of our Clara Coffey Park, has reported that their legal appeal has been rejected. Upon advice of counsel, they will no longer be contesting the matter via the courts. Please see more below from CPPC head Jim Donovan.
Charles Giovanni Vanzan Coutinho, Ph.D. President
Sutton Area Community (SAC)
In November 2017, we became aware of the city’s plans to extend the East Midtown Greenway south to 53rd Street and to build an access bridge to the Greenway in Clara Coffey Park at a cost of $100 Million to taxpayers. The Board analyzed this plan, developed deep seated concerns over its impact on our neighborhood and reached out to our Sutton Place neighbors. We formed Cannon Point Preservation Corp (CPPC) as a non-profit organization to represent the community’s collective opposition to this initiative. CPPC solicited help from all relevant elected officials to stop this project. Those solicitations received a lot of conversational support but little action. We spent months meeting with officials to negotiate alternative locations for the bridge. Once it became obvious that those meetings were not going to produce a positive outcome, CPPC initiated legal action against the city et al to stop the bridge. The CPPC lawsuit was heard in the NYS Supreme Court on July 30, 2019. In September 2019 we were advised that our petition for relief was denied. CPPC and its attorneys were greatly surprised and disappointed in the decision, so much so that our counsel agreed to pursue an appeal on a pro bono basis. That appeal was presented to the First Part of the NYS Supreme Court on March 18, 2020. We have now been advised by the court that our appeal has also been denied; primarily on technical legal matters, not on the substance of our arguments. Counsel advises us that there is little likelihood of success in proceeding further. So, it is with great chagrin that we announce we are abandoning further legal action. We have reached out to our Council Members to request that they move to withdraw the $100 Million in funding for this project in light of the current dramatic fiscal pressures facing the city. Perhaps we will have success in another way.
Community Speech Replay-Town Hall with Speaker Corey Johnson.
Dear SAC Members,
April 27th 2020, at the invitation of Councilman Keith Powers, SAC President, Dr. Charles Coutinho participated in a Q & A session with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. Go to this link for this most interesting Zoom session - clickHERE or poster.
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