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Gallelli and Stecich Update Croton Residents on C&D Transfer Site

May 16, 2006

Towards the end of the Monday, May 15, 2006, regularly scheduled Village Board meeting—during “reports”—Trustee Ann Gallelli briefed residents about the board’s recent experience in interviewing several eminent domain attorneys in consideration of proposed condemnation proceedings for the property at 1A Croton Point Avenue, the former Metro Enviro construction and debris (C&D) transfer site.

Additionally, Village Attorney Marianne Stecich added that since a decision (see “Stecich Briefs Residents on Recent Judicial Ruling on NIR Special Permit“) by State Supreme Court Justice Francis A. Nicolai regarding NIR’s bid for a special permit from the village—both Greentree Realty and NIR/Regus have filed an appeal.

Option: Download and watch this video clip of “” from the Village Board meeting on May 1, 2006, in Quicktime format (1:23 min. | 1.7mb).

Video transcript:

Trustee Ann Gallelli: “As I reported last time (see “Lucky Croton Finds Legal Specialists for Eminent Domain”), we were going to interview several eminent domain attorneys. Out of a list of about seven or eight, we had chosen four to interview—one of those did drop out on his own. So, we ended up last week ah, interviewing three prominent eminent domain attorneys—each one for, on a separate day—for about an hour to an hour and a half.

Ah, I have to say that we learned a great deal from this interview process. In each case, we learned something new and different. Ah, so, it was quite an educational experience of some of the complexities of the eminent domain processes. In general, we learned a lot about the SEQR aspects, the valuation aspects of it ah, timeframe from beginning to end and some of the pitfalls along the way.

So, our next step will be to make a decision ah, among these three and decide how to proceed from there.”

Village Attorney Marianne Stecich: “I just um, just a quick report that um, last week um, the village was served with um, a notice of appeal in the um, Croton’s lawsuit against Greentree and NIR. It means um, they’ve got, I don’t think they will probably take it all but ah, they’ve got six months to what’s called to perfect the appeal—that means submit the record and submit their briefs.”

Mayor Gregory Schmidt: “Okay.”

On May 16, 2006 3:07 PM, weewill said:

Watching the village board meeting last night and listening to Ann Gallelli report on the value of the interviews conducted by the board with attorneys who are specialists in the legalities of the eminent domain procedure reinforced how right Trustees Gallelli, Kane and Wiegman were to insist on hiring such an expert. The Mayor and Trustees can now be much more comfortable with the complex decisions they will have to make. We know the process is ripe with specific deadlines and predetermined steps that must be taken in a mandated sequential order. The case for condemnation will be built upon the path followed step by step. Errors along the difficult road could be costly and in some cases irreparably damaging to a final beneficial result for the village. No one but our opponents want us to lose on a technicality.

Now the whole board can move forward with confidence and reap the benefits of the expert advice now available. Neither our Village attorney, Ms. Stechich or our special attorney, Michael Gerrard, have professed to be experts in the eminent domain process. It would be unfair to expect them to direct this complicated legal morass.


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