N.Y. Rapid Transit Law Section 60
Trial

  • evidence of value

a.

Upon the trial, evidence of the price and other terms upon any sale, or of the rent reserved and other terms upon any lease, relating to any of the property taken or to be taken or to any other property in the vicinity thereof shall be relevant, material and competent, upon the issue of value or damage and shall be admissible on direct examination, if the court shall find:

1.

That such sale or lease was made within a reasonable time of the vesting of title in the city, 2. That it was freely made in good faith in ordinary course of business, and

3.

In case such sale or lease relates to other than property taken or to be taken, that it relates to property which is similar to the property taken or to be taken.

b.

No such evidence shall be admissible as to any sale or lease, which shall not have been the subject of an examination before trial either at the instance of the city or of an owner:

1.

Unless at least twenty days before the trial the attorney for the party proposing to offer such evidence shall have served a written notice in respect of such sale or lease. Such notice shall specify the names and addresses of the parties to the sale or lease, the date of the making thereof, the location of the premises, the office, liber and page of the record thereof, if recorded, and the purchase price or rent reserved and other material terms; or

2.

Unless such sale or lease shall have occurred within twenty days before the trial. Such notice by the corporation counsel shall be served upon all owners or their attorneys who have appeared in the proceeding; or if served on behalf of an owner, shall be served upon the corporation counsel and upon all other owners or their attorneys who have appeared in the proceeding. The testimony of a witness as to his opinion or estimate of value or damage shall be incompetent, if it shall appear that such opinion or estimate is based upon a sale or lease of any of the property taken or to be taken or of any of the property in the vicinity thereof, which shall not have been the subject of an examination before trial, unless it shall have been specified in a notice served as aforesaid or shall have occurred within twenty days before the trial.

c.

Upon the trial, no map or plan of proposed streets, drains or sewers for the subdivision and improvement of any property, nor any drawing or other specification of excavation or filling or piling or of any other proposed structure above or under ground deemed necessary or proper to provide a foundation for a suitable or adequate improvement or of any other structure or improvement not existing on the property on the date that title thereto may vest in the city nor any oral or written estimate of cost or expense of constructing the streets, drains or sewers in conformity with such map or plan, nor any oral or written estimate of the cost of making such excavation or filling or piling or of constructing any such other proposed structure or improvement in conformity with such drawing or other specification thereof, nor any evidence of value or damage based upon any of the foregoing, shall be received in evidence, unless the party offering the same in evidence shall have served upon the adverse party, at least thirty days prior to the trial, a notice of intention to offer such evidence on the trial and of the particulars thereof, including a true copy of the map or plan or drawing and other specification and estimate of cost or expense to be so offered in evidence, provided, however, that when offered such evidence shall be subject to objection upon any legal ground.

Source: Section 60 — Trial; evidence of value, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/RAT/60 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 22, 2024).

Accessed:
Jun. 22, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 60’s source at nysenate​.gov

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