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Sleepy Hollow Reviews GM Site Traffic For Lawsuit

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y.  - Sleepy Hollow is gearing up to defend itself in court against the Village of Tarrytown over the redevelopment of the former General Motors site into a mixed-use site of condominiums and shops. Trustees recently approved the hiring of STV Incorporated to review its traffic analysis for the General Motors redevelopment.

“We are vigorously defending ourselves and one of the things we can do is enter in the traffic study that we had done a few years ago as one of the pieces for that,” Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray said. “So it's what we need to have the consultants that did it review their findings in a way that we can submit that to the court.”

STV Incorporated will look at the traffic impacts and adopted mitigations in the State Environmental Quality Review Act Final Environmental Impact Statement, the Supplemental Findings Statement and related SEQRA documentation so that Sleepy Hollow can defend the Lighthouse Landing development project on the old GM site. In its defense, Sleepy Hollow has said it has looked at the issues of traffic and proposed necessary changes to accommodate the increase.

Sleepy Hollow trustees have authorized the village to pay up to $5,000 for STV Incorporated's services with three individual employees of the company. Steven Scalici will be paid $255 an hour, Patrick O'Mara will be paid $178 an hour and Molly MacQueen will be paid $261 an hour.

STV Incorporated will help the village respond to Tarrytown's claims that the development will cause even more traffic problems in the already congested area. The company may also act as an expert witness on Sleepy Hollow's behalf, if necessary.

Wray was very vocal with his frustrations with Tarrytown's lawsuit as trustees approved the traffic review.

“It pains me to ask you to do it, because I wish this lawsuit would go away,” he said. “But it's not, so we're going to have to spend some money.”

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