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Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

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Published by Marc Landis
Index No. 107173-2011, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County

Steglich, Cherwin et al v Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York, et al. (Steglich II)
Index No. 107173-2011, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County

Steglich, Cherwin et al v Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York, et al. (Steglich II)

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 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORKCOUNTY OF NEW YORK-------------------------------------------------------------------- xLISA STEGLICH, individually and as parent and naturalguardian of ALEXANDER HERLIHY, infant, RICCHERWIN, individually and as parent and naturalguardian of MARLEY CHERWIN, infant, et al.,Plaintiffs,-against-THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITYSCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORKa/k/a THE PANEL FOR EDUCATIONAL POLICY,THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OF THE CITYOF NEW YORK, and DENNIS M. WALCOTT, asChancellor of the City School District of the City of New York,Defendants,- and -UPPER WEST SUCCESS ACADEMY CHARTERSCHOOL a/k/a SUCCESS ACADEMY CHARTERSCHOOL, MATTHEW MOREY, individually and asparent and natural guardian of infants THOMASMOREY and CLAIRE MOREY, et al.,Intervenor-Defendants.::::::::::::-------------------------------------------------------------------- xIndex No. 107173/11IAS Part 12(Feinman, J.)
MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT
P
HILLIPS
N
IZER LLP
 666 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10103(212) 977-9700
 Attorney for PlaintiffsOf Counsel:
Jon Schuyler BrooksMarc Andrew LandisElizabeth A. Adinolfi
FILED: NEW YORK COUNTY CLERK 08/03/2011
INDEX NO. 107173/2011NYSCEF DOC. NO. 123RECEIVED NYSCEF: 08/03/2011
 
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 TABLE OF AUTHORITIES..........................................................................................................iiPRELIMINARY STATEMENT.....................................................................................................1STATEMENT OF UNCONTROVERTED FACTS.......................................................................2ARGUMENT...................................................................................................................................9I. THE PEP VOTE MUST BE ANNULLED BECAUSE THEDEFENDANTS FAILED TO COMPLY WITH SEQRA AND/OR CEQR.......................9II. THE PEP VOTE MUST BE ANNULLED BECAUSE THE REVISEDEIS AND BUP ARE INACCURATE, INCOMPLETE AND INSUFFICIENT................9A. THE REVISED EIS MISSTATES STUDENT ENROLLMENT ANDIGNORES THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS WHO REQUIRE SERVICES..............10B. THE REVISED BUP’S SPACE ALLOCATION IS NEITHEREQUITABLE NOR COMPARABLE......................................................................141. The Education Law Does Not Permit The Creation Of FacilitiesFor A Charter School’s Exclusive Use.............................................................142. The Revised BUP Fails To Allocate Adequate Space ForThe High Schools To Meet Their Students Needs............................................163. The Revised BUP Improperly Categorizes Shared Space As RegularClassroom Space...............................................................................................19C. THE REVISED EIS AND BUP FAIL TO OFFER THE NECESSARYANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF THE SACS CO-LOCATION.........................201. Safety and Impact on Students and The Community........................................202. Effect on Personnel Needs................................................................................26CONCLUSION..............................................................................................................................27
 
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIESCASES
Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State
, 187 Misc. 1, 719 N.Y.S.2d 475(Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2001)...............................................................................................................18
Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State
, 100 N.Y.2d 893 (2003)......................................................18
Chinese Staff and Workers Ass'n v. City of New York 
, 68 N.Y.2d 359 (1986)................................9
 Matter of New York Pub. Interest Research Group Straphangers Campaign v. Metropolitan Transp. Auth.
, 196 Misc.2d 502 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2003) ....................................10
  Matter of New York Pub. Interest Research Group Straphangers Campaign v. Metropolitan Transp. Auth.
, 309 A.D.2d 127 (1st Dep't 2003) ....................................................10
  Matter of Schwartz v. Dennison
, 14 Misc. 3d 1220, 836 N.Y.S.2d 489, 2006 WL3932753 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2006)................................................................................................10
 Matter of Tri-County Taxpayers Assn. v Town Bd.
, 55 N.Y.2d 41 (1982)......................................9
 Mulgrew v. Bd. of Educ.
, 75 A.D.3d 412, 414 (1st Dep't 2010).............................................21, 22
STATUTES
Educ. Law § 2853 [3][a-3][2][B]...................................................................................................15Educ. Law § 2853 [3][a-3][2][C]...................................................................................................14Educ. Law § 2853 [3][a-3][2][D]...................................................................................................21Educ. Law § 2590-g [2-a](b)(i)......................................................................................................21Educ. Law § 2590-g [2-a](b)(ii).....................................................................................................21Educ. Law § 2590-g [2-a](b)(iv)....................................................................................................26Educ. Law § 2590-h [2-a](a)............................................................................................................9
REGULATIONS

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