Upstate New York Landowner, Shale Gas Activist
Vic Furman is asking that landowners unite in support for Landowner Advocates of New York to challenge Gov. Cuomo on his taking of their mineral rights.
Friends, fellow Landowners in the State of New York, including the Upper Delaware River Basin and all supporters of land rights who oppose the theft of our mineral rights by Governor Cuomo; our day in court could happen but getting to court is up to us.
I am Victor Furman, President of Landowner Advocates of New York (LANY) and I ask all landowners unite with me in a quest for justice.
It is possible, thanks to a decision of the Supreme Court of the Unites States or “SCOTUS,” that it is now within our power to seek compensation against the government of New York in Federal Court, for a takings claim against the state. New York State denied our rights to lease our land to access natural gas. This is a new and huge development for all gas coalitions in New York. It could allow us to bypass state court for the first time.
I have conversed with a highly reputed lawyer who will bring a takings claim against New York on our behalf. It is the same law firm that defeated, in Supreme Court, a ban on gas drilling implemented by Binghamton’s ex mayor Matthew Ryan, thrown out on the order of Judge Ferris D. Lebous.
According to a NaturalGasNOW post from June, “the U.S. Supreme Court may have just opened the door to New York landowners for suing Governor Corruptocrat for loss of the mineral rights.” The post cites this summary of what happened at SCOTUS:
A divided U.S. Supreme Court made it easier for landowners to sue for compensation when a government regulation reduces the value of their property, overturning a decades-old precedent that had limited lawsuits in federal court.
Voting 5-4 along ideological lines, the court said Friday that property owners could go straight to a federal judge without first seeking compensation through state proceedings. The decision reversed a 1985 Supreme Court ruling, prompting a sharp dissent from the court’s liberal wing.
So, how can you help? Well, first, please let me know who you are and how you are willing to help. You can learn more about me and how to reach me, here. Second, consider donating to the cause. You can do so easily by going here:
Thank you! Landowners Unite!