2 Plead Guilty in LI Illegal Dumping Case

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) -

A former parks commissioner and his former executive secretary have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the dumping of 40,000 tons of contaminated debris on Long Island.

Newsday reports that Joseph J. Montuori, Jr., former Islip town parks commissioner, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and endangering public health, safety or the environment. His former secretary, Brett Robinson, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

The men were charged following an investigation into the discovery of debris laced with asbestos, pesticides and other material at Islip-owned Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood.

Prosecutors say both men knew about illegal dumping at the park and did nothing to stop it.

A judge deferred the men’s’ sentencings and told them to aid in the reconstruction of the park.