Friday, June 30, 2006

Fort Trumbull Fight Over

The last two holdouts are leaving:
The last two holdouts in New London's Fort Trumbull neighborhood agreed Friday to give up their land to make way for private development, ending an eight-year battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Susette Kelo, the lead plaintiff in the case, agreed to have her pink cottage moved elsewhere in New London.
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Pasquale Cristofaro, the other holdout, has agreed to give up his home but is entitled to purchase a new one in the neighborhood at a fixed price if new homes are built. He also has the option to build on the Fort Trumbull peninsula, as long as whatever he builds complies with a plan of development.
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Cristofaro credited Gov. M. Jodi Rell and state Department of Economic and Community Development Deputy Commissioner Ron Angelo with getting involved in the negotiations, treating the homeowners with compassion and understanding that small concessions were important.(AP)

This fight started when I was a college student in New London. That was back when people really believed the NLDC, headed by my college president, could save the city.

I hope that whatever New London puts up there is worth it.

And I also hope that the General Assembly pushes for changes in our eminent domain laws during the 2007 session. The governor did well in these negotiations, and I hope she'll address eminent domain during the campaign.

Source

"Final two holdouts in eminent domain case reach agreement." Associated Press 20 June, 2006.

15 comments:

Genghis Conn said...

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Chris MC said...
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Chris MC said...

This is off-topic, but Jon Lender publishes this in the Courant: Memo's Changes Point To Moody
Excerpt:
A copy of an ethics memo [...] bears notations in the apparent handwriting of gubernatorial chief of staff M. Lisa Moody - raising questions about Moody's sworn testimony that she didn't read the memo.

Word of the existence of the hand-edited draft of the May 2005 memo [...] prompted [GAE Chair Chris Caruso] to say [...] "It now appears that Lisa Moody has lied under oath to the legislature, has perjured herself, and, and effectively has obstructed the legislative process,"elections committee. [...]

"I think it's high time that the governor seriously reconsider her professional relationship with Lisa Moody and possibly severing ties," Caruso said Friday night. "I think it will be impossible now, at this point, for her to be able to effectively work with the legislature and within the government."


The article goes on to describe the usual "this is nothing" response from Rell apologists.

If Lisa Moody stands before a judge, "Governor" Rell's "what, me worry?" approach to her duties will be increasingly untenable.

FrankS said...

GC,

The State has funded and backed this project since the begining, understanding that private property was to be taken. The setttlements add some small costs, but the desire to end this embarassment before state elections has to be acknowledged, as well.

Rell's statements Friday praising the settlements. “Now these families can have some closure, and the Fort Trumbull economic development project will go forward without delay, infusing new jobs and vitality into the region,” and calling for eminent domain reform: “We must now focus our efforts on joining with the other 25 states in the nation that have passed eminent domain reform legislation to protect our citizens from expanded, unnecessary property seizure.” continue her twisting in Fort Trumbull's political winds.

bluecoat said...

well said, FrankS... she wants the issue swept under the rug and the bathroom door closed...none of them know how to deal with this,however, to be quite honest about it..in Fairfield on Wednesdaythis story appeared where the politicians seemingly puported eminent domain was badand then on Friday this:;RTM Approves Use Of Eminent Domain because they see a difference when they can manipulate one...it's no one person's fault as what we have is group-think and lemmings on the boards...

Great Santini said...

I think this case was a travesty. I hope the Supreme Court overturns it soon. Private property rights is one of the main reasons why the US isn't like Brazil or Argentina.

bluecoat said...

the case was anything but a travesty; the Supreme Court left it to the states to decide when eminent domain was in the public interest; CT's Governor, Jodi Rell, who also decried the decision calling the judges robed robber barons, has since decided it is still in the public interest and is funding New London, Steel Point and a few others full steam ahead....blaming the Supreme Court for this is a cop out...

The Architect said...

Blaming Jodi Rell is a massive copout bluecoat, what a hypocrite.

We're all still waiting for your boys in the legislature to do something about it, the GOP tried but your boys didn't seem too interested.

bluecoat said...

PuhLeez, Jodi could pull ths funding for these eminent domain projects on the bonding commission anytime she wanted too...but I agree the Republicans and the Democrats fell down on the job on passing legislation to put the brakes on her continuation of the Rowland policies that led to kelo in the first place... the simple fact is many of these projects were underway - some can be stopped but others unfortunately need to be finshed...but Rell refuses to acknowledge reality in her rose garden view of CT..

bluecoat said...

Remember, that we are talking about Jodi "I don't support public financing of campaigns until all of a sudden I see it makes for good politics" Rell. She is no republican by any means....and I didn't balme Rell at all there Architect but you spun it as if I did because you don't like the turth being shown on your girl...that's the same thing you guys did with Rowland while he was breaking the state bank, which was a heel of a lot worse than his hot tub from Mamma Jo..

bluecoat said...

...or Mamma Joe calling the state cops on behalf of one of Johnny's friends to change the results of an accident investigation...that ultimatley ended up in an acquittal because the investigation wasn't truthful, it was political....and almost ruined somebody's life.., which was one of the many despicable abuses of power by state central duing the reign of Rowland that was never confronted - yes, let's forget about the past...

Ric James said...

Santini, the Supreme Court is the body that approved of this. They're not going to overturn it now. Or, at least, they wouldn't with the previous Court. Perhaps now they might if a case gets before them that allows them to reconsider it.

However, I also believe Kelo was wrongly decided and it represents an abdication by the Court in interpreting the Constitution. The 5th Amendment should not be held subject to the legislation of individual states - the 5th Amendment should mean the same thing to residents of CT as it does to citizens of Virgina and homeowners in the Dakota's.

The Architect said...

Haha... my girl. You have no clue. You did blame it on Rell - if you didn't you wouldn't have taken 8 minutes to craft an excuse as to how you truly didn't.

Kelo = "Rowland policies" Are you on crack?

bluecoat said...

I may come as a surprise to you Architect but I do not hover over this blog or certainly your every word - or anybody else's; the state was and still is funding the new London Economic Development project that will benefit Pfizer and a few other deep pockets; the state even has a Senator Pfizer who is now running for Comptroller I think in hopes that when she loses Rell will give her a Commissioners job..

bluecoat said...

Ric James: you may be right in your interpretation but the simple fact remains that many of those who decry the decision have also been supporters of CT's taxpayer funding of emeinent domain for economic development...if state laws can't get changed because of Democrats like Bill Finch, Jodi can still change things through her control of the bonding committee purse strings...