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What's the Price of Tarrytown Lawsuit So Far?

The figures are in on the costs associated with the litigation between Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow in the last several years.

The FOIL results are in.

Here are the costs associated – on both sides – with the Tarrytown vs. Sleepy Hollow and GM lawsuit thus far.

Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray’s recent estimate of a grand total between the villages of $160,000 is not far off.

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On the Sleepy Hollow side, you have three firms and printing costs.

  • Keane and Beane, primary attorney

$45,644.32

  • David Smith VHB, planner who worked on the special permit and provided expert analysis to Keane & Beane,

$9,955.61 

  • Proskaur, attorney who worked on the special permit and provided information and opinions to Keane & Beane         

$6,240.96

  • Printing costs

$2,994.19 

FOR A TOTAL OF: $64,835.08

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Sleepy Hollow Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio noted that these costs are not final as he is expecting another invoice from the attorney.

He also explained the timeframe. “Our expenses are only after the Tarrytown lawsuit was filed in June, 2011 and are solely connected to the litigation,” he said.

Sleepy Hollow in turn filed a Freedom of Information request of Tarrytown requesting any legal fees and outside consultant fees for litigation or pre-litigation preparation, including the cost of the traffic study.

Tarrytown’s legal fees start earlier in 2011 when their attorney attended Sleepy Hollow’s public hearings. The traffic study used to argue their lawsuit was done in 2007. 

The image attached is the screenshot of the entire document Tarrytown released. The Village also employed three firms:

  • Silverberg & Zalantis, village law firm (services rendered from 10/1/2007 to 12/19/2011)

$63,593.29

  • Buckhurst, Fish & Jacquemart, planning firm that assisted with the matter (from 3/19/2007 to 12/19/2011)

$15,395.14

  • Adler Consulting, performed the traffic study (from 3/19/2007 to 11/21/2011)

$19,932.60

FOR A TOTAL OF: $98,921.03

 

So that's a GRAND TOTAL of $163,756.11 between the villages.

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Tarrytown held an executive session last week, on which Tarrytown officials have revealed nothing publicly.

Sleepy Hollow, meanwhile, can only wait and see. Tarrytown filed their notice of appeal within 30 days required after the court’s dismissal of the case. But now they have months to follow through with the appeal or not.

Mayor Wray said simply, “they’ll lose.”

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Gargamel October 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM
keep pushing Krista! this lawsuit goes back a few years so there has to be a lot of taxpayers dollars out there in other people's pockets
john slivin October 11, 2012 at 01:03 PM
This is disgusting.....SHAME ON YOU TARRYTOWN you are litterally flushing money down the toliet and for what exactly? To feed some grude that you clowns have btw towns.......YOU ALL SHOULD BE THROWN OUT IMMEDIATELY..........Tarrytown residents unite get a petition together get in these JOKERS faces........ PATHETIC
joy October 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM
That Tarrytown bill includes invoices receieved through 12/19/11. In my experience, legal billing can often be slow. I wouldn't be surprise in the last 12 months of Tarrytown's expenses are not in their tally.
joy October 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Yes, thank you Krista.
Krista Madsen (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 01:35 PM
probably true as Sleepy Hollow is expecting another invoice.
wanda October 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM
DREW FIXELL,THOMAS BASHER ,BECKY MCGOVERN,ROBERT HOYT,TOM BUTLER,MARY MCGEE AND DOUGLAS ZOLLO ARE UNITED! THEY ALL VOTED TO SUE SLEEPYHOLLOW AND THEY CUT FUNDING TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE FOR OUR SENIORS,NEVER HELD HUDSON HARBORS TO THE WALL ON OVERBUILDING AND NOT COMING THROUGH ON ONE AGREEMENT.(POOL,BOAT HOTEL,RIVERWALK) CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN HOW THEY ARE DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB AND GET VOTED BACK IN ? WHEN THEY ARE ALL DONE DREWING TARRYTOWN AND SLEEPYHOLLOW IT WILL BE TOO FAR GONE TO FIX.
wanda October 11, 2012 at 01:43 PM
simple ANOTHER COVER UP
Robert Solari October 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
We could use that money to do a lot of asphalt paving between the 2 villages
wanda October 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
DREW FIXELL HAS DREWED TARRYTOWN AND NOW SLEEPYHOLLOW !
michael October 11, 2012 at 08:15 PM
yes JOHN you are right , I am ready to sign any petition to make all this clowns to resign , NOW .
Michael Blalock October 12, 2012 at 03:55 AM
This type of business wasting tax payers money has been going on in both Villages for years. People need to pay more attention on where and how our money is being spent in your Village. I have been saying this for years get involve! I agree with what was said here. We should use this kind of money to help build our villages up not tear them down.

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