The right to “home rule” is enshrined in the New York State Constitution and represents an essential way for communities to define and protect their character. Communities which value their rural character and agricultural heritage are free to take action to protect these assets through control of decisions related to land use and zoning. Shortly after the Town of Middlefield became one of the first to ban all heavy industry, the town was sued by the Cooperstown Holstein Corporation.
Look out for more information on issues relating to home rule and to the case as it moves forward. Oral arguments before the New York State Appellate Court case of Cooperstown Holstein Corporation v the Town of Middlefield are scheduled for March 21st and today we have made available all of the documents related to the case.
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