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Copake Farms clean-up moving slower than judge hoped

Jul 08, 2016 6:45 am

Diane Valden is reporting in the Columbia Paper Salvatore Cascino [kah-SHEE-no] was back in Columbia County Supreme Court last week so he could provide proof and an update on his compliance with a court order to Acting Supreme Court Judge Jonathan Nichols. Cascino offered documents that indicated he had removed waste from his property, but the town of Copake's attorney told the court that local officials suspect Cascino may have moved the illegal waste from one part of his property to another. The latest round in the Cascino saga began with a May 4 order from Nichols that suspended Cascino’s incarceration on civil contempt contingent upon his removal of a specific amount of illegally dumped material from his 300-acre property, known as Copake Valley Farm. Cascino, 76, of Larchmont, Westchester County, has been racking up violations of federal, state and town laws for illegal dumping, building and excavating on his property along the east side of Route 22 for the past 18 years. Nichols said Cascino had not disposed of as much illegally dumped solid waste as he had hoped, but Cascino has done enough to stay out of jail. Nichols warned that Cascino will be subject to a heavy penalty if the information presented is untrue. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.