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Letter: Penalizing neighbors who sue

Mitch Pally, chief executive of the Long Island

Mitch Pally, chief executive of the Long Island Builders Institute, on April 12, 2013. His organization is part of a home exposition Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

I read that Long Island builders wish to extract penalties from those who challenge real estate developments in court ["Business group seeks pro-development law," Business, June 14].

I would ask them, will this proposal cut both ways? If they lose in court, will they also be penalized, or is this only "heads I win, tails you lose"?

More seriously, as an environmental activist trying to stop overdevelopment, I find it really rich that builders who have already overdeveloped much of Long Island feel they have any legitimate grievance. Courts only restrain (or delay) builders when they have a good legal basis to do so, and the litigators opposing development are often standing up for what local residents want.

It would be damaging and unfair to undermine the last-ditch option preservationists have in turning to the courts for help.

Richard Brummel, East Hills


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