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.
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.”