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Iona sues New Rochelle over on-campus property disagreement

College officials say dispute arose from city’s decision to take away its property rights in February

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Iona College has sued the City of New Rochelle after the college says the city moved to take away property rights and then refused to negotiate.

"It subjects us to unnecessary and really problematic hurdles and the change, at its core, is really detrimental to the college," Iona College official Maryellen Callaghan said.

Callaghan, Iona College's Chief of Staff and Board of Secretary, said the city amended Ordinance 91 which allows the campus to merge properties.

"In November of last year, the city moved to take away our rights to merge those properties and subjected to a special process in order to do so. The crux of the lawsuit is to regain those property rights,” she said.

In the complaint, it states that the college had plans to renovate, expand, and upgrade its School of Business building on campus, but under the amended ordinance, the college said it would be a lengthy public process.

"When they enacted this change in legislation, it subjected the college to a public process that it wasn't subjected to before,” Callaghan said.

The college said the city requested an extension to file their response to the complaint. They are hoping to hear back from them within a few days.

FiOS1 News reached out to the City of New Rochelle and Mayor Noam Bramson for comment but at this point, we have not received a response.

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