Staten Island Man Indicted For Illegal Dumping

Attorney General Spitzer and New York City Trade Waste Commission (TWC) Chairman Raymond V. Casey today announced the indictment of a Staten Island man and his carting corporation in connection with illegal dumping in Staten Island.

Robert Grillo, 41, of 78 Collyer Avenue, and his company are charged with illegally dumping construction and demolition debris in Staten Island on three separate occasions from May to August of 2000. The charges include Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony, Offering a False Instrument for Filing, a Class E Felony, and three misdemeanor counts of Disposing of More than 10 Cubic Yards of Solid Waste at an Unpermitted Facility.

Grillo and the carting company he owns, 20 Station Avenue Corp., are expected to be arraigned today in Staten Island Supreme Court. Grillo faces up to seven years in jail and fines of up to $55,000. The corporation faces fines of up to $65,000.

Grillo's carting business is located at 173 Main Street in Staten Island. The company rents roll-off garbage containers to businesses and individuals. When the containers are full, Grillo's trucks pick them up and deliver them to a permitted facility where the company pays as much as $1,000 in disposal fees, depending on the weight of the individual load. The indictment alleges that on at least three occasions, Grillo paid his drivers to illegally dump garbage in vacant lots in order to avoid paying the disposal fees.

"Grillo has shown a blatant disregard for the law, the environment, and the people of Staten Island. He will now have to face the consequences of his actions," Spitzer said. " My office will continue to work cooperatively with other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the state's laws are enforced and its environment protected."

"This investigation, conducted by our investigators, underscores the ongoing commitment of the Commission and the Mayor to vigorously pursue any and all information concerning alleged criminal acts by carters subject to the TWC's regulation, and to bring to prosecution any carter found to be involved in wrongdoing," said TWC Chairman Casey. "As a result of this indictment, I have ordered the commission's staff to review and likely revoke 20 Station Ave. Corp.'s license to haul waste in New York City. I wish to thank Attorney General Spitzer for the effort his office has made to prosecute the findings of this investigation."

The indictment is an accusation and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Hugh L. McLean of the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Unit. The investigation was conducted by TWC/New York City Department of Sanitation Police Lt. Ronald Cohen, former TWC Inspector Eugene DiToro, and NYPD Detective Joseph Gilberti, of the Organized Crime Investigation Division, under the supervision of NYPD Lieutenant Alfred Baldino and Captain Brian Fitzpatrick, who are assigned to the TWC, under the direction of TWC Assistant Commissioner Thomas McCormack.