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Lawsuits Officially Filed Over GM Property

The New York Supreme Court received the filing on Tuesday morning.

All of the documents filed by Silverberg Zalantis LLP, representing Tarrytown, are found attached as .pdfs in this article.

A law firm representing the Village of Tarrytown has officially filed a lawsuit against Sleepy Hollow over the environmental findings regarding the

The action is a direct result of a Tarrytown Board of Trustees resolution () to restart the lawsuit which alleges that the proposed development would pose too great a traffic impact on the Village, and has no adequate traffic mitigation plans.

The lawsuit was filed in New York's State Supreme Court on Tuesday by Silverberg Zalantis LLP – a Tarrytown-based law firm.

"Sleepy Hollow has acknowledged there would be a traffic impact on Tarrytown," said attorney Katherine Zalantis. "The issue is, the Sleepy Hollow board didn't take a hard look at traffic and parking issues impacting the Village of Tarrytown."

The lawsuit challenges Sleepy Hollow's  State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) findings. Those findings deemed traffic concerns a non-issue, and that mitigation plans were adequate. The SEQRA findings were adopted by the Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees i (click link for documents). 

Trustees agreed that the proposed GM development, which includes 1,177 residential units, "is one which minimizes or avoids adverse environmental effects to the maximum extent practical," and that there were no changes from the Village's 2007 SEQRA findings on traffic and mitigation measures (included in the exhibit document located above).

In 2007, the Village of Sleepy Hollow proposed the removal of some on-street parking in Tarrytown to ease the traffic burden through the village. However, Tarrytown does not feel the measures are adequate to deal with the size of the development.

"There is no objection to the redevelopment of the site, but rather the objection is to the scope of the site," Tarrytown's legal documents stated.

Final approval for the proposed GM development has not been given. A public hearing to decide whether to approve or disapprove a Special Permit so the property can be developed, will take place on June 7, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray said the new public hearing would be short, as it is being conducted to comply with state notification laws.

If the special permit is approved, GM will likely sell the property to a developer that will move the process forward.

Robert Solari May 27, 2011 at 10:40 AM
Winfield and McCoys start running for the hills!
John Doe May 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM
I think you mean "Hatfields"
paul castro May 27, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Why Don't they listen to Tommy Cap !!! This project would have been built if they just listened to TOMMY. He's the ONLY one that knows what's going on in this village, However they don't tell TOMMY what's going on. Tommy, I told you so. !!! Hey, I got an idea. Let's have coffee and Hamburgers, drinks too, and solve all the villages problems. CAN THIS BOARD LIST THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. WHAT have they done !!! I know, they have cost this village a ton of money, However they will not tell you that. JUST ASK ABOUT THE LAWSUIT. AND I DO NOT MEAN THE G.M. SUIT.
Jim Whalen May 28, 2011 at 02:05 AM
From someone who saw the shananagan's between the alledged sister villages since the late 1960', this is just another round of BS. Tarrytown for years and years benefited from GM's (Note the title) Tarrytown Plant, although it was in North Tarrytown. The "H" Shaped bridge that Tarrytown Benefited from due to the alledged traffic problems. Tarrytown's refusal to consider the corridor along the Hudson River which would have moved all the southbound GM traffic directly to the Thruway southbound and beyond, and now this type of article expressing "Lawsuit's against their so called sister Village..." Give me a break!!!! Thank "God" for the Tarrytown's that I only read these articles periodically!!! PS; For those to young to know, the name Sleepy Hollow is a direct desire to seperated North Tarrytown's identity from "The So Called Sister Village"!!! It's all about nasty!!!!!
Tom Betz May 28, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Anyone who looks at the site plan for this development -- http://www.sleepyhollowny.gov/images/Documents/GM/FEIS-GM/540SP-1.0MasterSitePlanSc100.pdf -- can see immediately that Tarrytown's concerns about traffic congestion are well-founded. Other than the 15 mph Beekman Avenue, the only place for traffic to come in and out of the development area is through Tarrytown via Railroad Ave. Imagine how congested that area will get around rush hour! It's obvious to me that Continental Street must be extended over the railroad tracks to meet the traffic circle on the north-east end of Road One, to provide a second access route in and out of the development, connecting to Route 9 via Pocantico Street; but I suspect that the Rockefeller family has raised objections to prevent the implementation of this obvious solution.

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