The White Plains Examiner

Gedney Association to Appeal FASNY Court Decision

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The Gedney Association said Sept. 28 that it intends to appeal the court decision dismissing its lawsuit challenging the approval of the French American School of New York (FASNY) plan for a regional school in the middle of Gedney Farms neighborhood. In a press statement, the Association said it believes clear requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) were neglected and Judge Lefkowitz’s decision to be in conflict with her earlier findings. “The Judge mistakenly concluded that FASNY’s moratorium on any new development on the property satisfied laws governing segmentation which requires a development plan consider the entire property not only segments. In fact, FASNY’s moratorium commitment related only to its plans and not to other developers,” the statement said.
The Gedney Association will also appeal the Judge’s dismissal of its lawsuit seeking enforcement of the private Deed Restriction prohibiting Institutional Use on the property. The language of the Deed Restriction is perfectly clear: Institutional Use is prohibited. Many home buyers in the surrounding neighborhood purchased their homes with the assurance of this long-standing covenant.  Despite the specific language in the Deed Restriction the Judge decided to define what an institution is.
The Association said it also finds the Judge’s statement implying that the Association is advocating a “slavish servitude” to the City’s Comprehensive Plan alarming.  “This conflicts with established land use law in New York whereby governmental bodies must not only consider but, in fact, comply with its Comprehensive Plan in deciding land use matters.  Indeed, the City’s Comprehensive Plan was updated in recent years and clearly stipulated that the property in question should be developed at the lowest possible density given its environmental sensitivity,” the statement said.

In response FASNY issued the following statement: “Having already lost a half dozen lawsuits, it is disappointing that the Gedney Association has chosen to continue its costly and wasteful legal tactics. Their actions speak for themselves.”

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