CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Prosecutors on Long Island have filed criminal charges against six people, including two former Islip town officials, following an investigation into alleged illegal dumping.
The 32-count indictment includes charges of criminal mischief, conspiracy and numerous environmental violations. All six pleaded not guilty during arraignment on Monday.
“These defendants have poisoned our neighborhoods; contaminated our wetlands; placed families in danger,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.
The former Islip town parks commissioner, Joseph J. Montuori Jr., and his former executive secretary, Brett A. Robinson, are accused of looking the other way as haulers poisoned park soil. Both were released without bail.
Montuori allegedly told investigators he planned to cover the debris with top soil to hide it from view, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported.
But their attorneys said their clients would be vindicated.
“We had … no knowledge about any hazardous material — cobalt or anything like that — and he cooperated fully with them,” Patrick O’Connell, Robinson’s lawyer, told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.Comments