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Port Authority of NY&NJ is “Public Corporation” within meaning of Lien Law

Port Authority of NY&NJ is “Public Corporation” within meaning of Lien Law

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In a recent decision out of the First Department the Court held that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is a “public corporation” withing the contemplation of the Lien Law and, as such, the George Washington Bus Station built on land owed by PANYNJ was a “public improvement.”  This was particularly important here as a private entity had a leasehold interest in the property and private projects on public land create no lien rights.  Therefore, the contractor had no lien rights and a petition to discharge the lien was found to have been properly granted.

The April 2017 case out of the First Department was:

George Washington Bridge Bus Station Development Venture, LLC v. Associated Specialty Contracting, Inc.

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