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Columbia County's own courtroom drama, from our region's own topnotch crime scribes

Dec 11, 2010 11:29 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="177" caption="Salvatore Cascino"][/caption]Want some good courtroom drama? Andrew Amelinckx of the Register Star and Jamie Larson of ccscoop.com have been closely following the state's prosecution’s case against Salvatore Cascino and his Bronx-based waste hauling company for allegedly illegally dumping debris in Clermont and releasing petroleum into the environment. The case is being tried in Columbia County Supreme Court before Judge Jonathan Nichols, just off Allen St. in Hudson.

Cascino, a 70-year-old Larchmont, Westchester County resident and his company, Bronx County Recycling, were indicted in April by the state Attorney General’s Office on two class A misdemeanors — operating an unpermitted landfill and fourth-degree endangering public health, safety, or the environment.

Both parties stand accused of illegally dumping more than 70 cubic yards of solid waste and releasing petroleum at an unpermitted facility off Route 9G, just south of Firehouse Road, in Clermont between Dec. 31, 2007 and July 2009. The maximum penalty for the crimes is two years in prison.

According to Larson, "Witness credibility appeared to be as much on trial as the charges."

Read these gripping stories, which play with issues involving our local environment and continuing downstate attitudes towards our upstate scenery, as they continue unfolding over the coming week, here and here.