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When does an immediately adjacent neighbor have standing to challenge a SEQRA determination? In Matter of Sun-Brite Car Wash, Inc. v. Board of Zoning and Appeals, 69 N.Y.2d 406, the Court of Appeals made it clear that adjacent neighbors have presumptive standing to challenge zoning determinations. However, in Hohman v. Town of Poestenkill, 2020 WL 20407, a case decided in January, the Third Department, following its own precedent, has held that no similar presumption arises with respect to SEQRA determinations, at least when the SEQRA determination does not arise in the context of zoning. The Third Department’s holding stands in contrast to Second Department cases applying the Sun-Brite rule to SEQRA determinations even outside the zoning context.
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By Stewart E. Sterk
In a set of foreclosure cases decided in late February, the Court of Appeals resolved some of the questions that have plagued New York’s court system in the aftermath of last decade’s mortgage crisis.
Claim That Bank Lacked Standing to Foreclose Waived By Failing to Raise Standing In Answers or Pre-Answer Motions
Seller Denied Summary Judgment on Purchaser’s Fraudulent Inducement Claim
Fraudulent Transfer Claim Reinstated
Questions of Fact Preclude Summary Judgment on Counterclaim for Improper Diversion of Water
Supreme Court Improperly Denied Specific Performance to Purchasers
Delay In Vacating a Default Justifies Application of Laches Doctrine to Prior Mortgagee
Mortgagor Who Failed to Appear Not Entitled to Vacate Foreclosure Sale
Judgment Lien Enforced Despite Error In Docketed Amount
Tenant Entitled to Terminate Lease When Premises Were Not Broom Clean
Provision Ending Discounted Rate If Tenant Pays Late Is Unenforceable
By NYRE Staff
Use Variance Denial Upheld