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Fate of Saugerties dump sites now in judge's hands

Nov 12, 2019 1:45 pm
Christina Coulter is reporting for HudsonValleyOne [dot] com the fate of three construction and demolition waste dumping sites in Saugerties is now in the hands of state Supreme Court Judge Richard Mott. Following more than 20 hours and 10 days of witness testimony, Mott will now consider whether the town of Saugerties appropriately issued stop-work orders against dumping on the properties owned by Joseph and Rachel Karolys, located on Route 212, Fel Qui Road and Goat Hill Road. A temporary restraining order is currently in effect, stopping enforcement of the stop-work orders until the matter can be properly adjudicated. The Karolys are arguing the town improperly singled them out for enforcement while turning a blind eye to other illegal dumpsites in town. The parties now await Mott's decision. “I feel optimistic,” said Town Supervisor Fred Costello Jr. after the final hearing. “I think [town attorney John] Greco summarized all of our arguments nicely and reflecting back, I feel like we presented a strong argument as to why this restraining order needs to be lifted and to memorialize all of the concerns we’ve been expressing. ...” In other legal business, Karolys will appear in Woodstock Town Court later this month to answer to charges of illegal dumping outside of the 7 a.m.-to-3 p.m. window outlined in the temporary restraining order. William J. Kemble is reporting for the Daily Freeman the members of the group Dump Here Never have scheduled a sunrise protest November 12, at the dumpsite on Route 212, to greet arriving trucks. The protesters expect to witness the terms of the order being violated. “The reason we’re doing it so early is because the trucks usually come in [before the allowed time], and we wanted to be there,” said Mike Ferraro, who lives across the road from the site. There is no timetable for Mott to render his decision.