Town of Islip blames Ronkonkoma-based Daytree at Cortland Square in dumping scandal

The town of Islip singled out a Ronkonkoma company as the party allegedly responsible for illegally dumping contaminants at a park. Islip officials named Daytree at Cortland Square, owned by Clara

News 12 Staff

May 27, 2014, 1:14 AM

Updated 3,669 days ago

Share:

The town of Islip singled out a Ronkonkoma company as the party allegedly responsible for illegally dumping contaminants at a park.
Islip officials named Daytree at Cortland Square, owned by Clara and Thomas Datre, as a "responsible party" in letters to insurance companies. The town attorney says that the letters were sent in April as a precautionary measure being taken to reserve the town's right to take legal action later.
"In this case, it's not that we made a final determination," the town attorney added.
An attorney for the Datres fired back, saying they are being "intentionally defamed" because they have been political donors in Islip. The attorney says he has attempted to clear it up with the town, but hasn't gotten anywhere.
"If you have one shred of evidence indicating in any way, shape or form that Daytree at Cortland Square or its principals were involved in dumping at the park, show me, show me," said the couple's lawyer. "They won't even call me back because there is no evidence, period."
The Datres have previously denied any involvement in the dumping of illegal materials at a Brentwood park. Their attorney says his clients will now sue the town of Islip and the deputy town attorney for defamation in a suit that seeks $50 million in damages.


More from News 12
2:39
LI shooting club links Rex Heuermann to Manorville, aiding police in Gilgo Beach murders investigation

LI shooting club links Rex Heuermann to Manorville, aiding police in Gilgo Beach murders investigation

1:46
Mostly sunny and warm Thursday, chance for Friday evening storms

Mostly sunny and warm Thursday, chance for Friday evening storms

1:49
April earthquake possibly to blame for broken church elevator in Hempstead Village

April earthquake possibly to blame for broken church elevator in Hempstead Village

1:31
Indian-American fans torn between nations as Cricket World Cup wraps up in Nassau

Indian-American fans torn between nations as Cricket World Cup wraps up in Nassau

2:23
PSEG LI crew frees bird stuck in wires behind Shirley home

PSEG LI crew frees bird stuck in wires behind Shirley home

2:15
Eisenhower Park to reopen to the public Thursday, including all 3 golf courses and Aquatic Center

Eisenhower Park to reopen to the public Thursday, including all 3 golf courses and Aquatic Center

0:41
NY attorney general: Long Island to get over $16 million from settlement reached with e-cig maker Juul

NY attorney general: Long Island to get over $16 million from settlement reached with e-cig maker Juul

2:15
New York launches Mobile ID to digitize driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs. Here’s how to get it.

New York launches Mobile ID to digitize driver’s licenses, non-driver IDs. Here’s how to get it.

0:19
Nassau PD: Woman assaulted police officer outside UBS Arena

Nassau PD: Woman assaulted police officer outside UBS Arena

0:25
Rockville Centre to fly flags at half-staff in honor of officer killed in off-duty crash

Rockville Centre to fly flags at half-staff in honor of officer killed in off-duty crash

0:25
Police: Mom, 2 young children hit by car in Aquebogue

Police: Mom, 2 young children hit by car in Aquebogue

0:46
Students in East Islip display smashed cars on front lawn of high school for drunk driving awareness

Students in East Islip display smashed cars on front lawn of high school for drunk driving awareness

1:28
Garden Guide: This is why your plants are blooming better than usual this year

Garden Guide: This is why your plants are blooming better than usual this year

1:35
What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's lemon iced almond biscotti

What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's lemon iced almond biscotti

2:12
Exclusive: Never-before-seen photos show Rex Heuermann around the time of the Gilgo Beach killings

Exclusive: Never-before-seen photos show Rex Heuermann around the time of the Gilgo Beach killings

2:05
JetBlue to begin nonstop service from MacArthur Airport to 3 Florida destinations

JetBlue to begin nonstop service from MacArthur Airport to 3 Florida destinations

1:35
Future of Brentwood's annual Central American Festival in limbo after Town of Islip denies permit request

Future of Brentwood's annual Central American Festival in limbo after Town of Islip denies permit request

21:13
Kane In Your Corner: Victims of the System

Kane In Your Corner: Victims of the System

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

2024 Cricket World Cup on Long Island - Special Coverage

2024 Cricket World Cup on Long Island - Special Coverage