2004-04-16 / Community

Sanitation Nabs Breezy Man Dumping In S.I.

Sanitation Nabs Breezy Man Dumping In S.I.

The city’s illegal dumping task force arrested a Breezy Point man and impounded the Mack truck he was driving after he was allegedly caught unloading dirt and rock in Staten Island on March 10.

John Giannotta, of 8 Suffolk Walk, Breezy Point, is among 13 men nabbed in separate incidents by the Department of Sanitation Police last month, Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced this week. Giannotta is accused of using a red and gray 1987 Mack dump truck to ditch 12 cubic yards of dirt and rocks in a lot in the Arlington section of Staten Island. It was not clear if the truck belongs to Giannotta or an employer.

The task force uses plain clothed Sanitation Police Officers to monitor known dumping areas. Fines start at $1,500 and go as high as $20,000, and the vehicle used by the dumper is impounded, regardless of who owns it. Convicted dumpers have to pay an additional cleanup cost of about $150 per cubic yard.

Anyone who sees illegal dumping activity can call the city’s Illegal Dumper Tips Program by dialing 311. Tipsters who provide information leading to a conviction or fine may receive a bounty of up to half of the fine imposed.

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