Men at center of Suffolk toxic dumping scandal sentenced

Men at center of Suffolk toxic dumping scandal sentenced

CENTRAL ISLIP -

Two men who admitted to dumping contaminated construction material at four sites in the Town of Islip were sentenced Thursday inside the Central Islip courthouse.

Thomas Datre Jr. pleaded guilty to four felony charges for illegally dumping thousands of tons of asbestos-laced debris at the sites, including at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood and Veterans Way in Hauppauge. He was sentenced to one year in jail.

"He did know that this was construction material from New York City. He knew there are rules and regulations in place for where this stuff is supposed to be disposed. He knows that there are high costs associated with that. But when you find holes in Suffolk County and you don't care where it is, it's pure profit in your pocket...This was a crime of greed," said prosecutor Michelle Pitman.

His co-defendant, Christopher Grabe, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five months of community service. A third defendant, Ronald Cianciulli, 50, of Brightwaters, the owner of Atlas Asphalt in Deer Park, will be sentenced on June 1. He was convicted in a six-day bench trial for assisting Datre Jr. in the dumping of toxic debris on the Deer Park wetlands parcel near his business. 

Outside the courtroom, Thomas Datre Sr. lashed out at the media.

"[The media] destroyed my name, destroyed my business, destroyed my family…Whatever my son did, he did – but you destroyed me," said Datre Sr. Similar charges against him were dropped. 

Datre Jr.'s defense attorney Kevin Kearon said this was not a typical toxic dumping case. 

"Most of the time when you hear about toxic dumping…it's somebody in the middle of the night unloading a truck loaded with barrels of oil that they don't want to pay to unload…This case was nothing like that," said Kearon. 

Roberto Clemente Park has remained closed to the public since the discovery of the debris in 2014. 
 

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