Court saves SJP’s 200 Amsterdam from wrecking ball

first_img Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Message* 200 Amsterdam AvenuebreakingReal Estate LawsuitsSJP Propertiescenter_img Share via Shortlink 200 Amsterdam AvenueThe controversial Upper West Side condo tower that a judge ruled was built too tall may avoid the wrecking ball after all.A New York State appellate court on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s ruling that would have forced the developers of 200 Amsterdam Avenue to remove about 20 floors from the nearly complete 52-story tower.The appeals court rejected the argument by opponents of the tower that the developers illegally gerrymandered a zoning lot to cobble together more development rights than the project was entitled to.“Today’s unanimous decision is an unequivocal affirmation that 200 Amsterdam’s permit was lawfully issued,” developer Steven Pozycki of SJP Properties said in a statement.He cast the decision as a “victory for the Upper West Side and New York City’s economic recovery.” Pozycki said sales would be relaunched and the building could welcome residents this summer.ADVERTISEMENTThe Municipal Arts Society and the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development filed the lawsuit challenging 200 Amsterdam’s building permit in 2018.The unanimous ruling means the plaintiffs do not have an automatic right to appeal. But they can request the New York Court of Appeals — the state’s highest court — to hear the case.The case of 200 Amsterdam had captured the attention of New Yorkers, who saw wide-ranging implications from the court decisions.Opponents of the tower argued that if it were allowed to stand at its full height, the precedent would allow developers to flout the intent of zoning laws to erect buildings out of context with their neighborhoods.The project’s supporters, however, warned that if the courts ruled against 200 Amsterdam it would have a chilling effect on developers’ confidence to move forward with projects that received building permits.The de Blasio administration was on the same side of the case as the developers, not so much because it favored the way they crafted the zoning lot but because the city sought to defend the legitimacy of Department of Buildings permits.A year ago, the administration said going forward it would no longer let developers assemble partial tax lots to make a tower legal in the way that 200 Amsterdam investors did.The Municipal Arts Society and CFESD called the decision “unreasonable” and said they were evaluating a possible appeal.“The Appellate Division has given developers carte blanche to tell the City what a zoning lot looks like,” the organizations said in a joint statement, adding that in the past 40 years no developer had interpreted a zoning lot in the way the SJP did.“The tactics used to create 200 Amsterdam are unprecedented, but they will become all too common if this decision is left to stand,” they said.Contact Rich Bockmann Full Name*last_img read more

UK: Successful Conclusion for Multinational Exercise Joint Warrior

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: Successful Conclusion for Multinational Exercise Joint Warrior A giant exercise off the coast of Scotland which involved more than 30 warships and 65 aircraft from 13 European countries has drawn to a close. Exercise Joint Warrior – a twice yearly event – saw the Royal Marines from 42 Commando return to their core amphibious skills as oppose to the land fighting capabilities they used in Afghanistan.Launching assaults by parachute onto the north west coast of Scotland for the first time in a decade, they also attacked guerrilla style targets by fighting from craft launched by HMS Bulwark and helicopters from HMS Illustrious. As the UK’s Lead Commando Group, 42 Cdo have been reinvigorating those skills should they be called to rapidly unfolding world events at just five days’ notice.Captain Matt Hills Royal Marines, a Troop Commander of the Special Reconnaissance Squadron which conducted the parachute drop – a first on a Joint Warrior exercise – said:“As the lead element of the landing force we need to insert, covertly, by a number of different methods including boat, vehicle and parachute.“It is vital we maintain our parachute capability in order to be as flexible as possible across a broad range of potential reconnaissance tasks.” Brigadier Martin Smith MBE, Commander 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines added:“Amphibious operations are all about bridging the gap between the sea and the land. The Royal Navy achieves this by the use of warships and Royal Marines.“We are re-learning our core amphibious business as well as driving our capability into the future with new Viking vehicles, new weapons and new communications equipment.” The largest Joint Warrior ever, the Royal Navy’s warships were also put to the test with intense air, surface and underwater threat training for two weeks.Ships including HMS Illustrious, Bulwark, Diamond and Westminster all had to deal with incoming attacks from exercise staff on submarines and fast craft, and deal with them as if a real-life war situation.Sailors on board were frequently launched into action stations where they donned antiflash (fireproof face mask and gloves) and prepared the ship for defensive actions.The scenario covered a broad range of circumstances including evolving crisis and conflict situations such as disputed territory, conventional and non-conventional maritime and amphibious threats such as counter-piracy and terrorist activity.Called the Response Force Task Group, the ships and submarines are those that would support 42 Commando anywhere in the world should a developing situation, such as Libya, should happen.Commodore Paddy McAlpine, Commander of the UK Task Group, said:“It’s my job to make sure that the ships under my command are able to safely deliver the Royal Marines to their destination.“In reality this would be conducting theatre entry defensive manoeuvres such as air defence as well as protecting the Task Group from any submarine and surface threat.“This amphibious task group has the flexibility to react to anything from humanitarian assistance to conventional war fighting against a uniformed enemy; this is what we have been able to exercise and prove during Joint Warrior; that we can fight at and from the sea.” As well as the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, elements of the Army, RAF and forces from countries including the Netherlands, Canada, France, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Germany, also took part. There were a total of around 12,000 personnel involved.The UK exercised a dozen ships and submarines including Plymouth-based Fleet Flagship HMS Bulwark, HMS Sutherland, HMS Montrose, survey ship HMS Echo and submarine HMS Talent.Portsmouth based vessels include helicopter and Commando carrier HMS Illustrious – which has spent much of the early part of 2013 carrying out aviation training off the west coast of Scotland – Type 45 destroyer HMS Diamond, HMS Westminster and HMS Richmond.A small group of mine-hunters (HM Ships Brocklesby, Hurworth, Pembroke and Grimsby) also provided the mine-counter-measures capability.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 29, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Share this article April 29, 2013 View post tag: Joint View post tag: Conclusion View post tag: Multinational Training & Education View post tag: Defense View post tag: Warrior View post tag: Navy View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Naval UK: Successful Conclusion for Multinational Exercise Joint Warrior View post tag: successful View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

Flight attendants arrested in money laundering scheme at MIA

first_imgFour flight attendants were arrested at Miami International Airport Monday evening  after authorities seized more than $22,000 in cash from the suspects during a routine Customs check.Miami-Dade police said the suspects did not have the proper license to transmit money.They are identified as Carlos Alberto Munoz Moyano, Maria Del Pilar Roman-Strick, Maria Wilson, and Maria Beatriz Pasten-Cuzmar.The four came to the US on a flight from Chile, and work for American Airlines.The airline is reportedly cooperating with the investigation.The suspects are being held on a $10,000 bond with an immigration hold.last_img

Opening arguments in Roger Stone trial underway

first_imgOpening arguments are underway in the Roger Stone trial following a lengthy process of jury selection inside a Washington D.C. federal courtroom.The selected jury consists of 11 women and three men, including two alternates.Stone is a longtime Trump associate who is charged with obstructing justice, witness tampering and lying to Congress.The charges are related to the release of stolen Democratic Party emails during the 2016 presidential election.Stone has denied any wrongdoing.Prosecutors began opening statements by linking his alleged crimes directly to Trump, saying Stone lied ‘because the truth looked bad for Donald Trump,’ according to The Washington Post.Stone’s defense team is expected to give their opening statement at 2 p.m.This story is developing.Related content:Roger Stone Blasts FBI For Using More Force Against Him Than on Osama Bin Laden or El Chapolast_img read more

Belle Glade: Five Children Injured in Bus Accident

first_imgThe bus was headed to Lake Shore Middle School in Belle Glade. Five children have been taken to the hospital following a school bus crash on Highway 27 near Belle Glade.The Palm Beach County School District said it’s out an abundance of caution.Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said the crash involved the bus, a pickup truck and a truck. The truck rolled over.Two other people were hurt. One was airlifted by Traumahawk to the hospital.last_img

Mother Accused in Newborn Dumpster Case Wants Confession Thrown Out

first_imgThe woman accused of throwing her newborn child into a dumpster in West Boca Raton earlier this year is asking to have her confession thrown out.Rafaelle Sousa was arrested in May, when her newborn baby girl was found inside a dumpster, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. She admitted to to delivering the infant, placing her in a bag, and then throwing her in the dumpster.The 35-year-old Sousa also told authorities she went back twice in order to ensure the baby was dead, but did not approach the bag because there were people in the area. The girl was returned to her father’s custody in July.Court documents show Sousa’s lawyers filed a motion to suppress her statements last Monday, claiming that her Miranda rights were not read to her properly because of a language barrier.Sousa’s lawyers explain she is from Brazil and only communicates in Portuguese. They claim that detectives “failed to give a core warning under Miranda” to Sousa, and that she was not informed what she said could be used against her in court.She has a hearing scheduled for December 19 at 3 p.m.last_img read more

WATCH LIVE: President Trump to Speak at Turning Point USA Summit in West Palm

first_imgFormer Vice President Joe Biden says he is the most qualified to beat President Trump.But, Rudy Giuliani who was in West Palm Beach yesterday for a speech at the Student Action Summit for Turning Point USA disagrees. He told the audience at the Palm Beach County Convention Center that Joe Biden is so guilty, it’s ridiculous.Giuliani says there are witnesses, tapes and documents that offer proof that Biden pressured Ukraine to drop an investigation into his son.The president will arrive at PBIA tonight and will speak at the Turning Point USA Summit tomorrow in West Palm.last_img

Trump Retweets Post Naming Alleged Whistleblower

first_imgPresident Trump retweeted a post on Friday night that included the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint led to the president’s recent impeachment by the House over his communications with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.The tweet later disappeared, but Twitter says that a glitch was hiding those retweets and many others.The social media outlet explained the software bug in a statement Saturday night, stating: “Due to an outage with one of our systems, tweets on account profiles were visible to some, but not others. We’re still working on fixing this and apologize for any confusion.”Trump has shared more than 100 posts about the whistleblower over the past three months but had not mentioned or inferred any names until this weekend.However, Trump retweeted a message just before midnight Friday from Twitter user @surfermom77. That account claims to be a California resident named Sophia. She describes herself as a “100%Trump Supporter.” The account had nearly 79,000 followers as of Saturday afternoon.Some of the previous posts from that account have denounced Islam and criticized former President Barack Obama and other Democrats.U.S. whistleblower laws exist in order to protect the identities and careers of people who bring forth accusations of wrongdoing by government officials.In a statement issued to the Associated Press, Twitter explains the @surfermom77 tweet was “not a violation of the Twitter Rules.”Mr. Trump insists he did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine and asserts that the whistleblower made up the complaint, although other officials have corroborated it. In addition, the president argues that he has a right to face his accuser and is calling on the whistleblower to step forward.last_img read more

Authorities in Bradenton search for toe-sucking burglar

first_imgDeputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office are currently searching for a suspect who broke into a man’s home and began sucking on his toes.The incident was reported on Christmas Eve in Bradenton, Florida.The victim told authorities that he was woken up by the suspect who was in the process of licking his toes. When he asked the suspect what they were doing, the suspect replied that they was there to “suck toes.” The victim then punched and kicked the suspect in the mouth before and forced the suspect out of the home. At the point, the suspect told the victim that they had a gun and began fondling the victim’s genitals.Eventually the victim was able to contact police but while the victim was on the phone, the suspect climbed on top of the victim’s car and stomped out the windshield before fleeing the scene to evade police.Authorities used a K-9 officer in an effort to track down the suspect but they were unable to locate them.Officials have since taking a DNA swab of the victim’s toes to continue their investigation.last_img read more