Babylon hires new garbage collector
A day after Babylon rescinded its contract with a Bay Shore waste company, the town selected a Westbury-based company owned by a prominent figure in the Long Island carting industry to haul garbage for 43,000 town parcels.
The 10-year deal is potentially worth $84 million for EnCon Industries Corp., a newly formed company owned by Anthony Core, whose Omni Recycling has handled the town's recycling since 1994.
"They have the requisite trucks, their operation is good, they have an Islandwide reputation of doing garbage pickup on both the residential and commercial sides," said town Supervisor Rich Schaffer in an interview after Tuesday's 5-0 vote.
EnCon was the lowest of five bidders after the board rescinded its contract with Jody Enterprises, a company the Suffolk district attorney is investigating in an alleged scheme to steal more than $200,000 worth of recyclable paper from Smithtown.
The company will charge the town $13.40 per household per month during the first year of the contract, with increases possible in later years.
Board members voted after a report commissioned by a committee of outside consultants found Core had 24 garbage trucks in Westbury.
EnCon was created for the Babylon contract, and while Core has not hired the estimated 60 people needed to run the business, he said he has more than 200 commercial driver applications on file and estimates hiring will take two weeks. The current contract expires Oct. 1.
While town officials vetted Core and his key executives before awarding the contract, Schaffer said Tuesday, Core has tenuous family and business ties.
A practicing attorney, he is the nephew of Emedio Fazzini, identified in a 1987 Rand Corporation study commissioned by the U.S. government of organized crime in New York's private trash business as a confidant of Salvatore Avellino, a reputed Lucchese crime family captain described in the report as "the central figure connecting the carters and the racketeers."
Core had a peripheral role in the 1997 Babylon Five case that resulted in the indictment of five of Schaffer's aides during his first tenure as supervisor when the Suffolk district attorney alleged a Democratic fundraiser Omni Recycling helped throw in Cold Spring Hills resulted in business favors for the party's co-sponsor, another carting company. That company was charged but found not guilty in the case.
"I have an impeccable record" Core said Tuesday, addressing that history. "No one has ever questioned my integrity either in the practice of law or in the environmental industry."