UPDATE: Short Retort from Mayor Wray

Letters are getting hand-delivered from one Village Hall to another as village leaders explain or disdain the potential GM lawsuit appeal.

Before Tarrytown sent out a press release announcing their possible appeal of the GM lawsuit dismissal Tuesday, they sent a letter to Sleepy Hollow on Monday. 

The letter, signed by Mayor Drew Fixell and dated Oct. 1, pleads with the neighboring village's Trustees to clarify their traffic mitigation plans for Tarrytown.

Dear Members of the Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees:

On behalf of the Village of Tarrytown Board of Trustees, I am writing to you in the hope that we can reach a resolution of the differences between the Villages regarding the traffic impacts on the Village of Tarrytown resulting from the proposed development of the forrner General Motors Site in Sleepy Hollow. 

While our reading of the decisions and findings issued by Sleepy Hollow led the Tarrytown Village Board to conclude that Sleepy Hollow made no provision to adequately address the impacts in Tarrytown resulting from the GM project, as you know, the State Supreme Court recently issued a decision which concluded in part that: “While Petitioner argues that there is no corresponding obligation in the Findings Statement that requires the use by Sleepy Hollow of any part of the $11.5 million for any traffic mitigation measure, the argument has no merit. The same mitigation measures proposed in 2007 are contained Within the Findings Statement as adopted in 20E l. Shifting the obligation from General Motors to Sleepy Hollow does not eliminate the obligation.” 

Since, Tarrytown interpreted that the $11.5 million was earmarked for traffic mitigation in Sleepy Hollow, the Board of Trustees is hoping that you can clarify Sleepy Hollow's position with regard to the use of those funds for traffic mitigation in the Village of Tarrytown and the expected timetable for implementation of such mitigation measures. 

Drew Fixell, Mayor 
C: Board of Trustees 
Village Administrator

In response to this, a letter got hand-delivered to Tarrytown Village Hall Wednesday afternoon moments before the office closed. Writes Mayor Ken Wray:

Dear Mayor Fixell and Members of the Tarrytown Board of Trustees:

We are in receipt of your correspondence dated October 1, 2012. To say that we are puzzled by your statement that you are hoping “to reach a resolution of the differences between our two Villages” would be an understatement.

As far as Sleepy Hollow is concerned, Judge Hubert’s decision has resolved the issues regarding the General Motors development and one need look no further than the Findings Statement for clarity.


Ken Wray, Mayor

Sleepy Hollow attorney Janet Gandolfo said the Village was in the process of filing Freedom of Information requests from Tarrytown regarding the total costs of these litigation proceedings from 2010 and 2011.

Stay tuned for these figures in my next update.

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Krista Madsen (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 07:24 PM
In response to citizen questions about the cost of all this and who the lawyers are, Village Administrator Blau said, "The firm that has handled the matter for the Village is Silverberg and Zalantis. The Village has not spent well over a hundred thousand as was noted by the Mayor of Sleepy Hollow." Sleepy Hollow officials tell me they filed a FOI request from Tarrytown yesterday for the actual cost of this for 2010, 2011.
wanda October 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I Guess when you sue and lose you cant just pick up the phone and call Kenny up.Should have wrote the same letter before SPENDING ALL THE FEE'S ON LAWYERS DREW ! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK THE RIVERFRONT LOOKS GREAT !CANT PARK AND CANT SEE THE RIVER
joy October 03, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Well said Mayor Wray.
jolie October 03, 2012 at 09:29 PM
LOL. So its ok for Tarrytown to build enourmous city-like buildings & parking lots down by the river, but its not ok for Sleepy Hollow to build up the deserted GM lot.....?? Who's on first?...... anyone?!
wanda October 04, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Great response from Mayor Wray. Maybe we could Fence off the Village .I was always told fences make the best neighbors.
Spencer Benedict October 04, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Fixell needs to grow up and stop being an obstructionist. These traffic concerned are trumped up in order to eliminate competition for all of those Tarrytown developments that are not selling. He didn't seem to have a problem with traffic when those were built. Let's work together to ensure the entire region's success.
Robert Solari October 04, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Way to go Wray! Tell them like is it is what it is. You lost let's move on.
Scott Croft October 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Regardless of what side your on, is it wrong to ask for the amount of funds available to Tarrytown for its measures needed to mitigate traffic ? Yes , sleepy hollow won, but what does this mean for Tarrytown? Please educate me why this seems unreasonable without the vitriol . I do want understand both sides.
A Former Trustee October 04, 2012 at 09:26 PM
The Findings Statement is very specific and clear on this matter. After literally hundreds of hours of public review, we are now led to believe that Tarrytown instituted a lawsuit without actually reviewing the documents? Astonishing, unbelievable, incompetent, self-rightious, idiotic, and incredible are words that come to mind when contemplating the actions of the Tarrytown Board. Only now do you (and Tarrytown) ask what the actual documents contain?
Lighthouse October 05, 2012 at 07:33 PM
This project will yield a net fiscal surplus between $630,000 to $1.5 million for the Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown school districts. Either the schools will get this money or the lawyers. For the time being, it seems that Tarrytown wants to pay the lawyers. I wonder if Sleepy Hollow should ask for funds to mitigate traffic for Yankee stadium games?
Scott Croft October 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
A Former Trustee- No I did read the documents. So make it personal and unload. Feel better? Good. Now let's move on. I'll get over being assumed a fool it if you will. if you read the documents can you freely share what they said how much money will given to Tarrytown for traffic mitigation? By the tone of your discourse I'm assuming you are knowledgeable on the subject. I will repeat: I do want to understand both sides.
Carlos Gee November 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM
When GM was operational, the traffic was a daily nightmare. We got used to it. It also meant an influx of cash into the community. No one complained or sued back then.
Krista Madsen (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 03:02 PM
That's true, I keep hearing about that from everyone in town back then. And I think a key difference to what it would be like with a development now was the traffic then all came at once during shift changes.


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