PORT CHESTER - The village apologized to a property owner today for improperly seizing his land a decade ago and officially signed an agreement that will pay him $475,002 and name a street after him.
"The village acknowledges the importance of this litigation and regrets the hardship it has caused Mr. Brody for the years he has had to fight to vindicate his rights," Mayor Dennis Pilla read from a statement at Village Hall.
The public apology was part of a settlement that will give William Brody $475,002 and name the corner of North Main Street and East William Street "William Brody Plaza."
"I'm glad everything came to a close," Brody said after the news conference.
Dana Berliner, his attorney with the Institute for Justice, acknowledged that the terms of the agreement were unusual, but noted that Brody's case led to a landmark change in state eminent-domain law.
This recent, Lower Hudson Journal News, article hits on something that places similar to Freeport, Texas should look at; a simple apology by a condemning agency for taking away an individual’s right to maintain and own property.