Goldstein, Rikon & Rikon Attorneys Published in the Albany Government Law Review

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New York eminent domain attorneys M. Robert Goldstein and Michael Rikon publish articles questioning state condemnation laws

Michael Rikon, NY Eminent Domain Attorney, Goldstein, Rikon & Rikon

Michael Rikon, NY Eminent Domain Law Attorney

Condemnation is used aggressively to condemn privately-owned property to transfer to private developers in New York. It’s my firm’s job to protect property owners’ rights and ensure that proper compensation is provided when condemnation occurs.

Attorneys M. Robert Goldstein and Michael Rikon, both partners at the New York eminent domain law firm of Goldstein, Rikon & Rikon, P.C., have written articles for the latest issue of the Albany Government Law Review.

Published by the Albany Law School, the journal solicits articles from leading NY state attorneys on a selected theme for each issue. The current edition is Volume 4, Issue 1: Eminent Domain: Public Use, Just Compensation & “The Social Compact.”

Mr. Goldstein’s article, “The EDPL [Eminent Domain Procedure Law] Revised,” discusses the lack of substantive effort by the New York state legislature to amend the Eminent Domain Procedure Law.

“New York state is not inclined to limit condemnation, at least so far,” Mr. Goldstein noted. The article is a call for a critical analysis and much-needed total revision of the state’s outdated EDPL.

Mr. Rikon’s article, “Moving the Cat into the Hat: The Pursuit of Fairness in Condemnation, or, Whatever Happened to Creating a Partnership of Planning,” is a critical review of Article 2 of the EDPL, the procedure used to approve and challenge condemnation. The article comments on the fact that New York is often oblivious to property rights in an eminent domain context.

“Condemnation is used aggressively to condemn privately-owned property to transfer to private developers in New York,” said Mr. Rikon. “It’s my firm’s job to protect property owners’ rights and ensure that proper compensation is provided when condemnation cannot be avoided.”

Current and previous editions of the Albany Government Law Review are available online.

About M. Robert Goldstein
M. Robert Goldstein has focused exclusively on the field of condemnation law since he began practicing law in 1949. A long-standing leader in the New York community, he has held numerous prominent offices in a variety of legal and community organizations. Mr. Goldstein is rated as Best Lawyer for eminent domain and condemnation cases.

About Michael Rikon
Michael Rikon is a frequent lecturer on the Law of Eminent Domain. He is the New York State designated eminent domain attorney for Owners’ Counsel of America. The organization selects one claimant’s condemnation attorney from each state. Michael Rikon is rated as Best Lawyer for eminent domain and condemnation cases and has also been named a Super Lawyer.

About Goldstein, Rikon & Rikon, P.C.
Goldstein, Rikon & Rikon, P.C. limits its practice to NY eminent domain and condemnation law. Eminent domain refers to the sovereign’s power to take private property for a public use, provided that just compensation is paid. The firm offers its clients the opportunity to retain counsel highly experienced in obtaining just compensation.

Samuel Goldstein and Nathan L. Goldstein created a law firm in 1923 that established a strong tradition of aggressively protecting the constitutional rights of people whose property was forcibly acquired by condemnation or eminent domain. The firm evolved into Samuel Goldstein & Sons after three Goldstein sons joined the firm.

Practicing condemnation and eminent domain law since 1969, Michael Rikon merged his firm in 1994 with the Goldstein firm to form Goldstein, Goldstein & Rikon, P.C. Earlier this year, Joshua H. Rikon, Jonathan M. Houghton, and Philip A. Sanchez became partners in the newly named firm of Goldstein, Rikon & Rikon, P.C.

Contact Goldstein, Rikon & Rikon, P.C. at 212.422.4000 extension 23 or visit the firm’s website at http://www.ggrgpc.com/.

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