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.
On the Sleepy Hollow side, you have three firms and printing costs.
- Keane and Beane, primary attorney
- David Smith VHB, planner who worked on the special permit and provided expert analysis to Keane & Beane,
- Proskaur, attorney who worked on the special permit and provided information and opinions to Keane & Beane
- Printing costs
FOR A TOTAL OF: $64,835.08
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)
- Buckhurst, Fish & Jacquemart, planning firm that assisted with the matter (from 3/19/2007 to 12/19/2011)
- Adler Consulting, performed the traffic study (from 3/19/2007 to 11/21/2011)
FOR A TOTAL OF: $98,921.03
So that's a GRAND TOTAL of $163,756.11 between the villages.
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.”