Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.Y.C. Joins Palisades Fight

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.Y.C. Joins Palisades Fight

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Two powerful New York City politicians are calling on Governor Christie to use his influence to halt LG Electronics' plans to build a 143-foot-high corporate headquarters that would rise above the Palisades in Englewood Cliffs.

In a letter dated Tuesday, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. appealed to Christie to intervene in the dispute between the South Korean-based company and preservation groups on both sides of the Hudson River that have filed lawsuits seeking to overturn the borough's approval for the building.

"For hundreds of years, the residents of your state and ours have enjoyed unspoiled, pristine views of the Palisades, and this proposal threatens to change that forever," the letter posted Wednesday on Stringer's website said. "We urge you to intervene directly with LG Electronics to reach a solution that will preserve the Palisades while also assisting their expansion needs."

The letter is the latest public relations setback for LG, adding to a growing number of high-profile officials critical of the building's proposed height. Earlier this month, four former New Jersey governors signed an open letter saying LG is a valued employer in the state, but asked the company to redesign the building. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which still praises the green design of the building, withdrew its endorsement because of opposition to the building's height.

Christie had praised LG Electronics in 2012 as one of several companies building a North American headquarters in the state, saying they were among those recognizing Christie's self-described "New Jersey Comeback."

Christie's staff did not return messages asking for comment Wednesday.

John Taylor, LG's vice president of communications and public affairs, said the company has had a "great relationship" with the Christie administration and noted that the project has received all necessary state approvals. …

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