Mayor Bloomberg announced plans to move the Summons Arraignment part of the New York State Unified Court System, which deals with summons for low-level offenses and sees roughly 600 people daily, to 71 Thomas Street in October. The plan was quickly met with an outcry from area residents, who cited concerns about queues lining the street and “unsavory types,” as one Community Board 1 member told DNAinfo at the time.
A group of locals, including local chic restaurant Odeon’s owner Lynn Wagenknecht and former Daily News gossip team George Rush and Joanna Molloy, then sued to block the relocation. City attorneys reached a settlement with the plaintiffs, agreeing to axe the bid in return for the lawsuit being dropped, according to a report from Capital New York.
“Once it is moved to another location, it will likely stay there for some significant period of time,” Richard Emery, the plaintiffs’ attorney, told Capital New York. [Capital New York] — Julie Strickland