Posts by » Elizabeth Knauer

On August 7, 2017, Empire State Development (ESD) consummated the sale of State-owned surplus property on Staten Island formerly housing the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility to Broadway Stages, an owner and operator of film and television studios.  SPR principal Elizabeth Knauer advised ESD with respect to the environmental review of the project pursuant to the … Read Post


On October 4, 2013, Justice Cynthia Kern of New York County Supreme Court rendered a decision dismissing a State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) challenge to the City Point project currently under construction in Downtown Brooklyn.  In the case, a community organization and a number of labor unions were seeking to enjoin further construction of … Read Post


On April 9, 2013, the New York City Council unanimously approved a proposal to redevelop the historic Pier 57 within Hudson River Park, at the foot of West 15th Street in Manhattan.  This followed approval by the City Planning Commission in March, and the environmental review of the project by the Hudson River Park Trust … Read Post


On September 28, 2010, the Southern District of Florida awarded summary judgment to New Hope Power Company in its suit seeking to enjoin the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) from applying rules pertaining to its regulatory jurisdiction over certain former wetlands, which had been issued through agency memoranda.  The court held that the agency … Read Post


Similar bills have been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives which would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to eliminate an exemption for hydraulic fracturing, or “hydrofracking,” operations from required regulation under state underground injection control programs.  The text of the Senate bill can be found at S. 1215 and … Read Post