Man Who Dumped Toxic Debris Gets 1 Year in Jail


A St. James man who authorities said masterminded the illegal dumping of toxic construction debris at four locations in the Town of Islip was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail.

Thomas Datre Jr., the owner of a contracting company, had pleaded guilty last year at Suffolk County court to four felony charges of endangering the public health, safety or the environment. His co-defendant, Christopher Grabe, who also pleaded guilty to environmental crimes, was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

The duo were among six people initially arrested after investigators uncovered debris laden with hazardous materials at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, an Islandia veterans housing complex, Deer Park wetlands and a property in Central Islip.
Charges against Datre’s father, Thomas Datre Sr., were dismissed.

Ronald Cianciulli, an asphalt company owner, was convicted last year of endangering the public health, safety or the environment and operating a solid-waste management facility without a permit. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 1.

Ex-Islip Town Parks Commissioner Joseph J. Montuori Jr. pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and endangering the health, safety or environment. His former secretary, Brett Robinson, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Authorities said they knew of the dumping and let it happen, but they were spared jail time.

Town officials have said that the debris has been removed from the Brentwood park, which is slated to reopen this year.