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.


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.”

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wanda October 11, 2012 at 01:43 PM
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
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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