Yesterday we had a hearing before Justice Rakower of the New York Supreme Court for New York County in the suit against the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT). We had an enormous show of support from our community. More than twice the number of people showed up for the seats available (apologies to all who had to be turned away, and gratitude for making the effort to attend).
A full report on the proceedings will be forthcoming shortly, but it went very well, especially considering the firepower from the other side: Four lawyers representing the HRPT, Spectra and Con Ed presented oral arguments to Justice Rakower, while an additional team of 6 more lawyers observed. This against our lead lawyer, Jeff Zimmerman, and local counsel, Jonathan Geballe; our third consulting attorney, Richard Lippes, the third member of our legal team, had a another hearing in a different city. In our opinion, even with 10 to 2, our side rocked it.
To answer the immediate question most people have asked: There was no ruling at the hearing. From a procedural standpoint, the matter before the court was a motion by the Trust and the pipeline company, Texas Eastern Transmission, to dismiss our case. While the judge could decide this motion at any time, in may be weeks or even months before a decision is made. It is also possible the Judge may want additional information from the parties, and might even hold another hearing. And once a decision happens, that's unlikely to be the end of it. If the ruling is in our favor, Spectra and HRPT can be expected to appeal. At this moment, based on what we witnessed, we are optimistic.