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Saugerties' Karolys in trouble again; accused of dumping dirt on the road in Kingston

Jan 07, 2021 1:15 pm

William J. Kemble is reporting for the Daily Freeman Joseph Karolys, alleged illegal dumper from Saugerties, recently delivered at least five loads of dirt to a property on East Ridge Drive in the town of Kingston, making a mess of some roads in the process, town officials say. Town Supervisor Paul Landi said the dirt was delivered Nov. 6, to 175 East Ridge Drive, a property owned by Mary Donovan. Karolys has been cited by the state for the illegal dumping of debris at landfills in Saugerties and is suspected of illegal dumping in the Woodstock hamlet of Shady. “I’m gathering a little bit more information, especially from the state police,” Landi said, adding that he previously was unaware of the extent of problems found by state environment officials at Karolys' debris processing facility and landfills in Saugerties. Landi said the town of Kingston has had trouble getting Karolys to pay for cleaning up dirt that spilled on roads in the town during one of the deliveries to the Donovan property. Town highway officials said a trail of dirt coated a stretch of about 6 miles on Sawkill-Zena Road, Jockey Hill Road, Hill Road and East Ridge Drive. Kingston Highway Superintendent Edward Moore said it took about three hours to clear the dirt. The dirt trail included rocks that were road hazards, Moore added. A man answering the phone at Karolys' number this week claimed to be unaware of the incident, and he hung up on a reporter when asked about similar dumping at 10 Church Road in Woodstock. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.