WIDER PIKE FOES RETAIN
ATTORNEY FOR COURT BATTLE
The Star-Ledger, July 7, 1971
By John Pribish
Newark attorney Leonard Weinglass said
yesterday he has not decided in which court he will attack the proposed
expansion of the N.J. Turnpike between New Brunswick and Edison.
"We intend to stop the Turnpike expansion,"
said Weinglass, who has been retained by the Concerned Citizens Committee
of East Brunswick
Filing of the suit in either state or
federal courts "could come soon," said Weinglass, without
pinpointing a timetable.
The attorney, who acted as associate counsel
for the Chicago Seven, said his desk is piled with papers he must research
and added "We'll be in court as soon as possible."
There is also a possibility that Weinglass
will be at the N.J. Turnpike Authority's offices in East Brunswick today
when demolition bids are to be accepted.
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Mrs. Emily Alman, chairman of the citizens'
group, who said Weinglass was retained over the weekend, announced that
as many as 100 persons are expected to participate today in a demonstration
against the Turnpike expansion.
"We want to put them on notice that
we are going into litigation," said Mrs. Alman, who admits the
committee has exhausted its political pressure efforts to halt the widening
The committee had met twice with Gov.
William T. Cahill and his aides, but the governor has approved the recommendation
of Transportation Commissioner John Kohl to proceed.
The authority plans to widen the Turnpike
for five miles between Interchanges 9 and 10. About 84 parcels of property
are involved, including nearly 20 homes and two industries.
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Under a Superior
Court temporary restraining order, Mrs. Alman and 10 of her neighbors
on Ainsworth Avenue are prohibited from interferring with surveying
and test borings on their properties.
The order was obtained by the authority
late Friday and a show cause hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. Friday by
Judge Jonn C. Demos. It will be determined then if the order should
be made permanent.
Mrs. Alman said the street is not included
in the Turnpike widening, but the suit contends the information is needed
in the project's planning.
Howard S. Heydon, the Turnpike's chief
engineer, said surveying personnel and boring contractors were denied
access to the properties.
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