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Top Stories 2012: Greenburgh Faces Several Major Lawsuits

The Greenburgh Town Board has been taken to court several times this year.
The Greenburgh Town Board has been taken to court several times this year. Photo Credit: File/Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — As 2012 draws to an end, The Greenburgh Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .

The Greenburgh Town Board raised a series of hot issues over the past year — a few of which resulted in court appearances for the town.

Not long after the State Supreme Court ruled that Valhalla School District had to repay more than $1.8 million to Greenburgh over an illegal town grant, courts upheld that the Greenburgh Town Board violated a church's constitutional rights by keeping it from building on town property.

Fortress Bible purchased a 6.5-acre parcel of land on Pomander Drive nearly 15 years ago and sent a proposal to the town to build a facility. The town board stated that such a facility failed its environmental review process (SEQRA), citing traffic concerns.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge John Walker wrote in the unanimous three-judge panel decision that town council members "disingenuously used SEQRA to obstruct and ultimately deny the church's project."

The Fortress Bible lawsuit will be a major hit for Greenburgh taxpayers, said local attorney Bob Bernstein. Insurance is unlikely to cover any of the damages costs — which could exceed $6 million.

The town board is also under fire for a lease with Game On 365 to build a sports complex on Dobbs Ferry Road. Petitioners say such construction would violate environmental laws and that carcinogens found would endanger residents who use the facility.

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