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MAYOR CALDWELL ISSUES STATEMENT ON RAIL PLAINTIFFS’ APPEAL
Honolulu – Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued the following statement today:
“This is not a surprise. The plaintiffs have said they intended to file an appeal ever since the federal court ruled in favor of the city and Federal Transit Administration on the key points last year.
“Everyone has a right to appeal. There are no benefits to this continued litigation. It only serves to drive up costs in legal fees and delays. This is taxpayer money. Already their legal challenges have cost the city over 2.1 million dollars in outside attorney’s fees, in addition to the many hours spent by staff attorneys in the Corporation Counsel’s office. The trial court rejected nearly all of their arguments.
“The city will carefully review their appeal and respond accordingly.”
Jesse Broder Van Dyke
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell
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