Brentwood Illegal Dumping Bust

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Major Illegal Dumping Bust Focuses On Long Island

July 18, 2018 - 2:29 pm

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- It is being called the largest bust of illegal dumping in New York state history.

Authorities said the illegal dumping took place in a vacant lot just a stone’s throw away from Brentwood Middle School.

"Illegal dumping poses a serious threat to our environment, and New York will not allow any unscrupulous businesses to continue to harm this state," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release. "We have made significant progress in protecting New York's communities and resources with the largest takedown of alleged illegal dumping, and as we continue to work to stop this alleged criminal behavior, we are sending a clear message to potential polluters that their time is up and this state will do everything in our power to protect New York's communities."

Altogether, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s commissioner said 23 people were arrested on allegations that they illegally dumped debris and construction materials on Long Island.

One man who was arrested, known as “The Rock,” is accused of offering clean fill to residents who instead got solid waste in their backyards.

"The individuals and companies arrested in connection with this alleged illegal dumping scheme put the health of Suffolk County residents at risk out of pure greed," Suffolk County District Attorney Sini said in the release. "These defendants are alleged to have knowingly dumped solid waste and potentially hazardous materials into our residents' backyards and parks just to line their pockets.”

The arrests followed an investigation dubbed Operation TrashNet on Long Island and in the Mid-Hudson Valley, according to Cuomo’s office.

It also resulted in more than 550 tickets for various misdemeanors and safety violations, more than 170 tickets for alleged unlawful disposal of solid waste, the identification of more than 40 trucking companies with 26 trucks being seized, and 81 new illegal dumping sites being uncovered.

Sadly, the Brentwood community is all too familiar with illegal dumping. In 2015, five people were arrested and later convicted of dumping contaminated materials at Roberto Clemente Park.

Anyone looking to report illegal dumping is asked to call the New York state DEC 24-hour Poacher and Polluter hotline at (844) DEC-ECOS (332-3267).