Statement by Real Estate Board of New York President John Banks Regarding Decision by the New York State Court of Appeals Upholding the Validity of Environmental Impact Statement for Planned New Nursing Home

Real Estate Board of New York President John Banks praised a decision by New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, upholding the validity and appropriateness of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issued by the New York State Department of Health in connection with the construction of a new nursing facility on 97th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues in Manhattan. This new eldercare facility will be known as the Living Center of Manhattan.

“This ruling reaffirms the consistent approach to environmental review in New York City’s land use procedures. The Board filed a friend of the court brief in this case because we thought it was important to uphold this approach. We want to congratulate and thank Richard Leland at Akerman for his efforts,” Banks said.

This decision by the Court of Appeals conclusively settles the legal challenges, originally filed in March 2015, regarding the State’s environmental review process in this matter.