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Kings Point Park lawsuit goes to high court

Kings Point Village Hall of the Town of

Kings Point Village Hall of the Town of North Hempstead is at 32 Steppingstone Lane. (May 29, 2013) Photo Credit: JC Cherubini

The state’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal by the Village of Kings Point over its bid to use 5.4 acres within a park for a public works facility.

The New York State Court of Appeals, which took only 64 cases last year, agreed June 4 to hear the village’s appeal.

Several Great Neck residents and New York State sued the village after it announced in 2008 plans to build a facility for its Department of Public Works on a wooded site in Kings Point Park. The residents and state argued that parkland cannot be taken over for non-park use.

The village argued that the parcel had not been used for park purposes for decades, and that the statute of limitations had run out for a suit, but it lost before the State Supreme Court and the appellate division.

A brief from the village is due at the court on Aug. 3.


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