American Stevedoring Inc. fired what may be the last shot in a bitter, five-year battle with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
In a document released Wednesday by the Federal Maritime Commission, ASI filed a formal complaint on May 28 alleging that the port authority refused to negotiate a new lease for the Red Hook container terminal in Brooklyn in April 2008.
ASI said that the port authority violated the Shipping Act by waiting until the 11th hour to present terms for a 25-year lease renewal, then forcing the company to sign within hours.
Keeping Red Hook, the port’s only container terminal in Brooklyn, became the center of a political storm after the port authority announced it would close the terminal and turn the land over to New York’s economic development corporation.
The port’s strategic plan was to focus development in Staten Island and New Jersey, but the port commission reversed its decision under pressure from local and national politicians to preserve more than 600 jobs at Red Hook.
The case was turned over to the FMC’s administrative law division with a settlement deadline of May 31, 2011.
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