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By ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS USA 28 Apr, 2017

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — It’s the final chapter in a troubling case of illegal dumping — a case prosecutors say caused an  environmental catastrophe in Suffolk County.

On Thursday, a judge called for the end of ‘business as usual’ and sentenced two men — a hauler and his employee — to jail.

Toxins including pesticides, PCBs, and other chemicals that have been banned for a long time were dumped, and  Thomas Datre Jr admitted to doing it, but claimed it was unintentional.

“To anybody who was impacted, I was not out to hurt nobody,” he said.

“He knew that there were rules and regulations in place and where this stuff is supposed to be disposed. He knows there are high costs associated with that, but when you find holes in Suffolk County and you don’t care where it is, it’s pure profit in your pockets,” Assistant Suffolk County D.A. Michelle Pitman said.

Prosecutors said four properties were riddled with thousands of tons of hazardous rubble, the court-ordered cleanup moving at a snail’s pace.

Darte Jr’s attorney said he recklessly cut corners, but had no bad intentions.

“We don’t believe anybody has been hurt, or anyone has been harmed,” attorney Kevin Kearon said.

Taxpayers spent nearly $4-million for cleanup. Wetlands were dumped on, and an affordable housing development for war veterans was contaminated.

One Marine said his dream home was turned into a nightmare.

“Who knows if I am going to develop some form of disease in the future, having that in my mind every day,” Eric Petrie said.

Judge Fernando Camacho sentenced Datre Jr to a year in jail.

“You cannot line your pockets by dumping your filth and poison into our communities,” he said.

Charges against Datre’s father, Thomas Sr. were dismissed. He said the case was devastating.

“Destroyed my name, destroyed my business, destroyed my family,” he said.

Also destroyed were three years of park-going in Brentwood, a community struggling with gang violence.

“A park sits padlocked when they need it more than anything. They can’t have it,” Camacho said, “Because of you.”

Datre Jr’s company was also ordered to pay $600,000 in fines. Parts of Roberto Clemente Park may finally be re-opened this summer.

 

By ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS USA 26 Apr, 2017

Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will be on Long Island this summer to shoot a new movie for Netflix.

Titled “The Week Of,” the comedy stars Sandler and Rock as parents whose children — a daughter and son, respectively — are about to get married. The film covers a week of preparation for the wedding.

Directed by “Saturday Night Live” veteran Robert Smigel, who co-wrote with Sandler, “The Week Of” marks Sandler’s fourth film for Netflix, which recently extended its original deal to include another four films. The streaming service says that Sandler’s previous features — “The Ridiculous 6,” “The Do-Over” and “Sandy Wexler” — have been “three of the biggest film releases ever on Netflix,” though the company does not provide viewership breakdowns.

Rock, who starred in Sandler’s two “Grown Ups” movies, is currently working on two stand-up comedy specials for Netflix.

A Netflix representative could not say exactly where on Long Island filming would take place. The streaming service announced the film is set to premiere in 2018.

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