Despite the fact that on March 07, 2006, when Village of Croton-on-Hudson Attorney Marianne Stecich said (see: “Brouhaha Erupts at Croton Village Meeting After Resolutions are Introduced”), “…If you want to go ahead an invite somebody, go ahead… I spoke to an $800.00 an hour eminent domain attorney who represented the city in the condemnation of Times Square and I’m absolutely confident. Go on, you can hire somebody. Number one. Good luck finding somebody…” in response to Trustee Charlie Kane, after he introduced a surprise resolution—during the Village Board meeting—that called for additional legal expertise in pursuit of eminent domain proceedings for 1A Croton Point Avenue—the former Metro Enviro site—a list of attorneys was recently assembled and presented to the board by Village Manager Rick Herbek.
At the regularly scheduled Village Board meeting held on April 17, 2006—during reports—Mr. Herbek said (see video), “You had asked me to provide you with a little report on eminent domain specialists. I’ve given you what I have so far. I plan on discussing this further with Marianne and with Mike Gerard and try to narrow the list down because this is eight or nine firms here that I’ve had a discussion with.”