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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.
By Stewart E. Sterk
No one disputes that the property tax system in New York City is byzantine. In Tax Equity Now LLC v. City of New York, the First Department confronted what it viewed as a very different question: is it illegal. The court concluded that it is not, rejecting a variety of claims and leaving any reform to the legislature.
Equitable Mortgage Enjoys Priority over Mortgage Recorded After Filing of Notice of Pendency
Purchaser from Church Not Entitled to Specific Performance
Questions of Fact Preclude Summary Judgment on Prescriptive Easement Claims
Hearing Necessary to Determine Whether Mortgagee De-Accelerated Mortgage
Loft Board Lacks Authority to Supervise Legalization Once Tenants Withdraw Application
Tenant Entitled to Relief from Failure to Timely Exercise Renewal Option
Neighbor Has Standing to Seek Damages for Violation of Zoning Ordinance