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Save the Pine Bush Court Cases

Save the Pine Bush has been in almost litigation to preserve the Pine Bush since February 6, 1978.

The seven cases we have litigated in courts since 1997 can be found on NY Supreme Court’s Web Civ by searching “Save the Pine Bush”.

CourtYear
Filed
Index NumberCase
Status
PlaintiffFirst
Plaintiff Firm
DefendantFirst
Defendant Firm
Justice
Albany Supreme Court  1997 7685-97 
 (0007685/1997) 
Disposed Save The Pine Bush Lewis B. Oliver Guilderland Dennis C. Vacco GEORGE L. COBB  
Albany Supreme Court  1999 6038-99 
 (0006038/1999) 
Disposed Save The Pine Bush Lewis B. Oliver, Jr. Alb Pine Bush Loretta Simon, AAG THOMAS J. MCNAMARA  
Albany Supreme Court  2001 6519-01 
 (0006519/2001) 
Disposed Save The Pine Bush Lewis B. Oliver, Jr., Esq. Albany Gary F. Stiglmeier, Esq. JOSEPH C. TERESI  
Saratoga Supreme Court  2004 2004-1526 
 (0001526/2004) 
Disposed SAVE THE PINE BUSH, INC. AND ENGLEMA BERGER & DUCHARME, LLP CLIFTON PARK, TOWN OF, THE PLANNIN  HON FRANK B WILLIAMS  
Schenectady Supreme Court  2006 2006-1995 
 (0001995/2006) 
Disposed SAVE THE PINE BUSH INC. REZSIN HENNER, PETER THE PLANNING BOARD OF THE TOWN OF CLIF PELAGALLI, PAUL ESQ. HON BARRY D. KRAMER  
Albany Supreme Court  2009 8897-09 
 (0008897/2009) 
Disposed Save The Pine Bush Peter Henner ENCON Andrew M. Cuomo PATRICK J. MCGRATH  
Albany Supreme Court  2020 907491-20 
 (0907491/2020) 
Active Save The Pine Bush Pace Envriromental Litigatio Town Of Guilderland James Melita TO BE ANNOUNCED  

In November 2020, Save the Pine Bush filed a lawsuit against the Town of Guilderland, regarding a proposed Crossgates Mall expansion that would include a large residential development on a wooded parcel on Rapp Road and a Costco Big-Box retailer replacing a wooded parcel and residential neighborhood between Rapp Road and Western Avenue. Save The Pine Bush vs. Town Of Guilderland Index No. 907491-20, see also Hart vs. Town Of Guilderland Index No. 906179-20 a separate but related case to Save the Pine Bush’s case.


Decision in Save the Pine Bush’s lawsuit against the City of Albany over the proposed landfill expansion in the Pine Bush. We lost. Save The Pine Bush vs. ENCON Index No. 8897-09


Lawsuits filed in 2006, (Appealed in 2008)

Residence Inn Hotel proposed adjacent to the Karner Blue Butterfly Hill

The City appealled our win. Read the papers here:

SPB Appeal – Response
SPB Appeal

Save the Pine Bush Wins Hotel Case!

A Win ! Save the Pine Bush Wins Standing in Case against the City over the Proposed Hotel

Papers Filed in State Supreme Court

Amended Complaint (140 KB)

Order to Show Cause (28 KB)
Verified Petition ( 136 KB)
Affidavit (152 KB)
Memorandum of Law (116 KB)
Affirmation ( 80 KB)
Exhibits (15 MB)

Read more about this case


Flex Space Industrial Buildings Proposed on
Wood Road in Clifton Park

On August 8, 2006, the Town of Clifton Park Planning board approved the DCG proposal to build industrial buildings on a Karner Blue site. Save the Pine Bush sued.

Save the Pine Bush Sues the Town of Clifton Park over Development Approval, printed Oct/Nov, 2006

Environmental Study Requires Restoration of Karner Blue Habitat in Clifton Park, article, printed May/June, 2006

Save the Pine Bush Letter to the Clifton Park Planning Board, April 25, 2006


Office Complex in front of Daughers of Sarah Nursing Home, 170-180 Washington Avenue Extension.

Filed in State Supreme Court. Petition is to nullify the re-zoning of land from residential to commercial Pine Bush by the Albany Common Council because no environmental review was conducted.

Papers filed with the Supreme Court (4.5 MB)