NLDC getting a new identity
Finizio says development agency to be overhauled, offers apology for city's use of eminent domain
Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio on Tuesday apologized to property owners whose homes were seized by eminent domain in a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005. At the same time, Finizio announced a restructuring of the New London Development Corp.
The changes to the NLDC, which bought and took the properties to pave the way for private development in the Fort Trumbull area, include a name change and new leadership.
"I issued a formal apology to all those adversely affected by eminent domain to acknowledge, in my opinion, that mistakes were made,'' Finizio said. "I think our development strategy was flawed. We are moving forward with new strategy that will embrace a new vision."
Future development will be undertaken in partnership with neighborhoods, Finizio said.
In a redevelopment project at Fort Trumbull that began more than 12 years ago and was headed by the NLDC, seven property owners who fought the eminent domain filings saw the Supreme Court uphold the city's right to seize their homes for economic development.
Richard Beyer, a plaintiff in the nationally recognized Kelo v. New London eminent domain case, said he's not sure what good an apology does today.
"It's been so long,'' he said. "If he needs to apologize to anybody at this time, it's the families of the elders that lived there."
Saturday, March 15, 2014
New London, Connecticut Mayor apologizes for oppressive government...
In the famous Kelo vs. New London decision in 2005, SCOTUS issues the traitorous decision allowing local governments to seize your private property for commercial development. The new mayor of the town involved in that decision has apologized.