Our Top 5 List of favorite “Sanchez & Polovetsky PLLC” moments in 2017:
As we wrap up 2017, we decided to take the time to reflect on some of the exciting happenings at Sanchez & Polovetsky PLLC. Some of it had to do with eminent domain news, some of it with legal tidbits; but we had the most pride reflecting on some major eminent domain events at the firm:
1) We doubled the eminent domain award for our client in a NYC School Construction Authority Case.
Our client was a Bronx building owner, and his property was taken via eminent domain by the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA). After a three and a half year period of pending Court proceedings, Sanchez & Polovetsky PLLC successfully negotiated a settlement with the SCA that was beneficial to our client. Although the terms of the settlement are confidential, we are able to confirm that the settlement amount was approximately double the initial eminent domain award offered by the SCA.
2) Jennifer Polovetsky and Philip Sanchez were named to the 2017 Super Lawyers List For The New York Metro Area.
That’s 3 years in a row! Each year no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Although the honor constitutes peer recognition in the legal profession, the selection is quite mathematical and scientific. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
3) The New York Post extensively quoted Jennifer Polovetsky in an Eminent Domain story on December 12, 2017. Sanchez & Polovetsky PLLC was the only firm quoted in the piece that looked at how Mayor DeBlasio is looking to use eminent domain to buy buildings for the homeless.
Here’s what was reported: Lawyer Jennifer Polovetsky, of Sanchez & Polovetsky, said New York has “one of the broadest eminent domain authorities in the country.” She said it would be very difficult for a landlord to take the city to court and prove that affordable housing is not “a public use.” “Affordable housing is definitely public use, in my legal opinion,” she said. Polovetsky added that building owners could eventually sue for damages, however. “Although the City will be required to pay them for their properties, the owners can always file a claim for additional compensation in court,” she explained. “In other words, the owners can claim that the compensation paid to them was not ‘just’ as required by the constitution, and can sue for more money.”
4) Our blog post got re-Tweeted by a pioneering woman who is the First Hasidic Jewish woman to be sworn in as NYC Civil Court Judge.
In case you missed this post, Rachel Freier, the first Hasidic Jewish woman to be sworn in as New York City Civil Court judge, did not. In addition to being a judge, Freier is a mother of six and became a lawyer when she was 40 years old. And she reads our blog! Check out this story on January 2, 2017.
5) The Long Island Railroad Third Rail Expansion Project.
Many of you will remember the summer of hell (it wasn’t too long ago, although with the weather we’ve been having it seems like another century). We blogged about the $2 billion LIRR Expansion Project, which will add a third track to 9.8 miles along the congested Main Line of the LIRR between Floral Park and Hicksville, and eliminate all seven street-level grade crossings within the project corridor. Since then, there have been several eminent domain takings associated with this project; and our firm is proud to be representing affected property and business owners in order to ensure that their legal rights are protected and that they receive the just compensation to which they are lawfully entitled.
Thank you to our readers, friends and clients for making 2017 a wonderful year. Here’s to an even better 2018 for everyone! Happy and Healthy New Year to all!