Perrysburg Still Hostage...

Placing the former and now totally neglected JN Adam Tuberculosis Hospital site on the tax rolls in Perrysburg was dealt a serious blow a few weeks ago. Cattaragus County Judge Larry Himelein sided with preserver of the status quo and presumed Fillmore Avenue resident David Franczyk and Company to deny Tom Trathen's motion for summary judgement in the matter. Here the hotly contested "reverter clause" was upheld and the City of Good Neighobors continues to hold the people of Perrysburg hostage.

Here's the analysis from The Daily Record over in Rochester.
The city [Buffalo - David Franczyk]argued that no discovery had taken place and the property continues to be used for the care and treatment of mentally handicapped persons.

The judge found the city's contention that the property continued to be used to care for mentally retarded persons was sufficient to defeat the instant motion because five original buildings on the J.N. Adam campus continued to be used, until 2004, and all of the people who used the buildings were involved in the care and treatment of mentally retarded patients.

Thus, the court concluded that the 10-year period, if it began at all, did not begin until 2004.

Read the rest of the story as it appeared in The Daily Record and analysis, here. Readers of this blog, no doubt remember some of the background and pics that I've collected about this case. It's another stunning example of municipal malfaesance and a reminder that our City's leadership is beyond crisis, it's in meltdown mode. I've written and archived the back ground material, over here.

Local Buffalo blogger, Craig Howard picked up on the story a few months ago.
...imagine that the tables were turned. Imagine that through some accident of history the City of New York held title to the Outer Harbor and refused to relinquish it unless and until it was developed in an environmentally-friendly manner -- oh, let's say a big park. The economic desperation of Buffalo would mean nothing, of course, because NYC rules.

Can you imagine what David Franczyk (and the environmentalists in Buffalo) would have to say about that?

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In a related matter, new blogger on the block Jim Ostrowski describes the developing rift between Buffalo's #2 man and presumed Fillmore Avenue resident David Franczyk and the City's Law Department. Check out Jim's analysis, here.

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Anonymous said...

What's the big deal?

Summary Judgment is a pretty severe imposition and courts can be wary of granting it. If you grant S/J, it's pretty sure it'll be appealed, and judges don't want to risk being overruled. Himelein is no hack.

So, Trathen has to engage in discovery and try the case.

They ought to get to it.

fixBuffalo said...


In this case however, as you may recall, the Common Council had previously voted (remember David Franczyk was vacationing on the Italian Riviera) this summer to 7-1 to let the property go. So absent direction from preserver of the status quo, David Franczyk) it's doubtful that the Law Dept would have sought an appeal and moved against a 7-1 CC vote.