New York City voters apparently lost their last chance to vote on whether to replace Yankee Stadium when the state's highest court on Tuesday refused to hear a last-shot appeal to place a referendum on the Nov. 3 ballot.
The 5-0 decision by the state Court of Appeals handed New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani a victory in his fight to keep the measure off the ballot.
New York City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, a Democrat running for governor, had proposed giving voters a chance to decide whether a $1 billion stadium should be built for the Yankees on Manhattan's West Side, about a mile from Times Square.
Yankee Stadium, one of the most famous ballparks in America, was built in the Bronx 75 years ago, and since completely renovated.
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Vallone has no more avenues for judicial appeal.
However, he said he would ask the U.S. Justice Department to intervene. He contended that New York City residents are effectively being deprived of the right to vote by the Giuliani administration.
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