Witnesses report Cascino dumping in federal wetlands
Diane Valden is reporting in the Columbia Paper after more than two months behind bars, Larchmont resident and Copake landowner Salvatore Cascino [kah-SHEE-no] is free and engaged in his favorite activity, dumping. Valden writes that based on the observations of passersby and collected photographic evidence, Cascino is dumping with a vengeance, filling in the federal wetlands located along the east side of Route 22 in Copake. The dumping is taking place in full public view and he is not letting a cease and desist order from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers slow him down. Cascino owns a 300-acre property along the east side of Route 22, which he calls Copake Valley Farm. During the past 18 years, he has been racking up violations of federal, state and town laws for illegal dumping, building and excavating at that location. Cascino was just released May 4, after serving 60 days in the Columbia County Jail. He was found guilty of criminal and civil contempt for repeatedly failing to comply with numerous court orders related to structures and dumping on his property. In an April letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he was ordered to immediately stop dumping in the federal wetland. To date, Cascino has not responded to the Army, or to queries from the Columbia Paper. Read the full story in the Columbia Paper.