November 14, 2017




Legoland opponents win TRO in Goshen land sale

GOSHEN – Concerned Citizens for Hudson Valley has won a temporary restraining order on the Appellate Division, Second Department of State Supreme Court preventing the Town of Goshen from selling any town-owned land to Merlin Entertainments for construction of Legoland.

The grassroots organization contends the public lands should not be sold before a referendum of town voters. The group submitted many more valid signatures to qualify for a binding referendum, but a Dutchess County State Supreme Court justice ruled the petitions invalid.

The judge in Poughkeepsie found that the petitions did not specifically state the reasons for opposition to the conveyance of the eight parcels. The Concerned Citizens group maintains those reasons don’t have to be contained in the petition and theirs confirms with the requirements of state law.

“Stopping the sale of these properties before resolution of this issue is critical,” said the lawyer for the group, Michael Sussman. “We look forward to litigating our appeal on the merits and insuring that voters in the Town of Goshen can express their view on the sale of these parcels.”

The town has approved the children’s theme park and company officials hope to build it and have it open for business in 2020.


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