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Judicial oversight in the environmental review process presents a regular zone of conflict both nationally and within New York State. Since the enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in 1970, which spawned the subsequent enactment of state “Little NEPA’s,” questions of what issues must be analyzed, how substantive that review must be, and the degree of deference given to the agency conducting the review have continued to drive litigation, increasing the costs and dramatically expanding the schedule for projects requiring a discretionary governmental action. The New York Court of Appeals has long established that an agency’s assessment of environmental impacts pursuant to the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQRA, is entitled to substantial deference, admonishing lower courts that it is not their role to substitute their judgment for the judgment of agencies undertaking the action.
By Mark Hakim
On June 14, 2019, New York lawmakers approved, and Governor Cuomo signed, the “Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019.” The Act contains a series of laws affecting all rentals within the State of New York, making permanent New York’s rent regulation laws, which proponents say will ensure that New York’s tenants are protected. However, as with any legislation, especially one that seems to have been enacted hastily, there are unintended and possibly quite adverse long-term consequences.
40-Year Lease Invalid
Cancellation of Satisfaction Denied
Questions About Meeting of Minds
Statute of Limitations Bars Foreclosure Action
Mortgage Acceleration Revoked
Deed Valid When Not Intended As Security for Mortgage Debt
Specific Performance Denied for Failure to Show Ability to Close
Award of Contingent Attorney’s Fees