As recently publicized, though often inaccurately, the Village of Sea Cliff has filed a lawsuit against the City of Glen Cove in efforts to stop the 14 story, 1,100 unit monolith on the North Shore.
Glen Cove is a city among numerous towns, villages and hamlets which share and enjoy the beauty of the North Shore. With this in mind, and plans for such a controversial development (there is currently no structure on the shore more than four stories tall!), one might think the City of Glen Cove, RXR development and their “Glen Isle Partners” cabal would approach Garvies Point with at least some decorum and basic respect for their neighbors.
But what was Michael Zarin, Glen Cove’s Special Counsel for Waterfront Development’s, response to the suit?
“If anything, this suit has made the city and re-developer more resolved to move the project forward.”
So it’s a scorched-earth stance now, is it, Michael? What a class act. Of course the fact that Zarin’s law firm, Zarin & Steinmetz, has been on a full retainer with the city of Glen Cove since March 2011 means he has a lot to gain from the proposed Garvies Point development. Glen Cove residents have the right to ask: just how much of our tax money has been funneled up to this Westchester-based law firm?
The firm’s crowning achievements include gems like “Consolidated Iron & Metal Superfund Site” in Newburgh, NY: “…guided the city through negotiations with the EPA and the other… which resulted in a cash-out Consent Decree. Under the settlement, EPA undertook remediation of the site and released the settling parties,… from future liability.” (Source)
Now I’m not a fancy-pants lawyer who makes a living through legal wranglings that enable cities to build on toxic land, but essentially they’re bragging that they shifted the clean-up to the EPA and then prevented the city and (polluting) parties from any future lawsuits. Great job, Mike!
Glen Cove residents should be proud to have such a fine attorney going to bat for them. We can only assume that if future Garvies Point residents develop cancer or other illnesses due to the toxicity of the land RXR Realty has built on, you’ll have had the City of Glen Cove and the developer released from liability. What a fine legacy to live with.