New York City Water Board Bill Credit Lawsuit

Achieved significant victories on behalf of the Rent Stabilization Association and individual building owners in an Article 78 litigation against the New York City Water Board, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for illegally sidestepping New York’s Public Authorities Law. Herrick secured a temporary restraining order blocking the water board from instituting a 2.1% rate hike and one-time $183 bill credit which applied to one-to-three-family homes while excluding larger multi-family dwellings. After obtaining a follow-up ruling that voided the increase and one-time credit, Herrick successfully defended the decision before the New York State Appellate Division, First Department, which ruled 3-1 in favor of our clients, finding that the New York City Water Board lacked a rational basis to award the credit in the manner that it did.