By Kevin Rautenstrauch, Albany Government Law Review
This January Andrew Stengel, Editor-in-Chief of Albany Government Law Review, posted on the Fireplace blog: Horsing Around With Conservation Part Two: A Roofless Historical Structure in a Brooklyn Park Hosts Public Outdoor Recreation, But State Parks Claims Otherwise. Stengel’s analysis of legal arguments of records obtained by the state’s Freedom of Information Law and U.S. Freedom of Information Act, which one paper called “seminal,” concluded that the National Parks Service violated the law by removing the Tobacco Warehouse, a historic structure from a protected map.
This week a federal judge ruled that the federal government indeed violated the law thus protecting the Tobacco Warehouse. The lawsuit was based on Stengel’s theory and documents that he provided to the plaintiffs, several Brooklyn community groups.