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Environmentalists seek to reverse ruling allowing 23-story condo on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

The legal battle over a proposed 23-story condominium on the former Freezer Queen site on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor isn’t over yet.

Four environmentalists announced Thursday their intent to appeal state Supreme Court Judge Donna Siwek’s ruling that found environmental reviews by developers and the City of Buffalo for the proposed Queen City Landing project were sufficient.

“We believe that New York’s appellate courts insist on a higher standard of environmental review than what occurred at the city’s planning board and common council,” said Arthur J. Giacalone, their attorney.

The four are Margaret Wooster, Jay Burney, Lynda Stephens and James E. Carr.

Giacalone, in a statement, said while his clients “greatly respect Judge Siwek, her impressive work ethic and court demeanor,” they don’t agree with her finding that the more than $60 million project was properly reviewed for its potential adverse effects on the environment.

He announced their intention to file paperwork with the state’s Appellate Division in Rochester to reverse Siwek’s Sept. 14 decision.

The group also plans to request Siwek “reconsider several of her legal conclusions” in the case, Giacalone said.


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