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Smithtown Town Officials Mull Over Jody Enterprises' Contact

Garbage carter to continue its normal routes picking up Smithtown resident's trash and recyclables despite part in alleged recycling scheme.

 

Smithtown officials gathered Monday to mull over the town's options for collecting trash and recyclables after news of recent fraud. 

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said several of the town's department heads met Monday morning to debate how to move forward with solid waste collections after one of garbage carters, Jody Enterprises, had . 

As of Monday morning, Jody Enterprises' trucks were out collecting Smithtown homeowner's household trash and are still scheduled to pickup paper and cardboard recyclables on Wednesday. 

"In the short term, someone has to pick up garbage tomorrow. We will determine how we are going to do that, given the parameters of their contract and the legalities," Vecchio said. 

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and police arrested William A. Stegemann, 55, of Lindenhurst, and Michael Dalessandro, 43, of East Patchogue, both Jody Enterprises employees, were arrested and charged with grand larceny in the second degree, a class C felony for allegedly delivering truckloads of cardboard and paper recyclables to a private recycler - instead of the town's facilities- for personal gain.

Public Safety Supervisor John Valentine, met Monday with Environmental Protection Director Russell Barnett and others to discuss the town's contract with Jody Enterprises.

Jody Enterprises, of Medford, has been in contract with the Town of Smithtown to collect trash and garbage from four of the town's 12 solid waste districts for the past seven years. The areas include: portions of Smithtown and Commack sandwiched between Jericho Turnpike/Route 25 north to Route 25A, as far west as Townline Road in Commack; Hauppauge and Nesconset, east of Wheeler Road/Route 111 between Middle Country Road/Route 25 and Townline Road in Hauppauge. 

Click on the interactive map above to view the specific areas by included in Jody Enterprises' solid waste districts 5, 6, 8, and 9 based on the town's 2012 Refuse Recycling Calendar.

"The recyclables have to be picked up. We can’t simply get another carter to pick it up. We have to do legally," Vecchio said. 

It may take anything from a few days to weeks before the town is able to sort out their legal options as to how Jody Enterprises' garbage carting contract should be handled and what decision the town officials will make, according to the supervisor.  

District Attorney Thomas Spota said Aug. 22 that the investigation into Jody Enterprises is still open and ongoing, as he suspects the garbage carter may have stolen much more than $200,000 in recyclables revenue from the Town of Smithtown. 

Paul L. August 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Who will be paying back the $200,000 that was stolen? That's money that could be reducing our taxes. I think Jody Enterprises has some responsibility in this.
Nesconset Dude August 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM
The employees that committed this scam worked for Jody and were on the clock, therefore Jody is culpable and therefore responsible for the actions of its workers. Simple business law. As for your taxes being reduced: are you serious? I'll give you that $0.25 out of my pocket that might have come off this year's tax bill.......
Paul L. August 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Yes, I'm serious and I'll take the 25 cents. Every cent that stays in our pockets and doesn't go towards taxes is a plus.
James Olson August 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Normally, step-by-step details of how the theft occurred would be published. Then a comprehensive plan to prevent similar occurrences in the future would be explained. This information would be shared with other Townships and the general public in order to better investigate all providers and prevent similar situations across the Island. This follows ISO best practices protocals. As for legal and financial recourses, it may be impractical to permanently bar Jody Enterprises even if the contract allows such a recourse at this time, unless there are numerous alternative companies to provide competitive bids; something I don't know. But, generally, situations like this are "punished" and life goes on. Let's see what the court decides about the felony charges and what Jody Enterprises does to take responsibility for the theft.
James Olson August 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Just saw Sara's August 23rd story. Check it out. Answers some of my comments above.
lm August 28, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I'm angry! There is a certain inconvenience gathering up and storing my recyclables for the town. I didn't mind because I felt out town would benifit! I feel scamed personally! I'm more then interested to see how the town of Smithtown handles this situation!
RC August 28, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I am also angry!! I recycled for same reason... WELL , no longer .. Unless Jody goes ... then may be .
RC August 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
BTW ... There are several other trash companies that also have contracts with Smithtown.. Fire Jody , let one of the other contracted companies p/up.
Matt August 28, 2012 at 09:03 PM
What's to discuss? I don't see how the Town of Smithtown can continue to do business with Jody. Next!
lm August 28, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Could be there is a lot more to this then meets the eye!!
Matt August 30, 2012 at 02:31 AM
@IM. Sure. There are probably more people at both firms that should be getting jail time. Nothing changes, Smithtown needs cancel the contract and hire someone else now.

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