In a letter dated May 19, the Town of New Castle asked the judge overseeing the federal court case filed by the owners of the former Reader’s Digest property to transfer the case to the federal court in White Plains. The letter argues the court rules required the assignment to White Plains because of the location of the property, the town and the homes of the defendants, Supervisor Barbara Gerrard, and council members Robin Stout and Michael Wolfensohn.
The lawyers for Summit Development and Greenfield Partners, the owners of Chappaqua Crossing, are opposing the request and the judge has set a pre-motion conference for June 7 to address the question. Chappaqua Crossing’s lawyers said in a May 24 letter that the case should be heard in Manhattan because it is “closely related” to the fair housing case against Westchester County that resulted in a settlement requiring the construction of 750 units of affordable housing in mostly-white communities. They also argue the case is already “firmly rooted” in Manhattan and a move would delay the proceedings.