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Islip supervisor Croci reacts to dumping scandal, vows to fix problem

From Newsday's Sophia Chang:

Islip Supervisor Thomas Croci on Tuesday rebuked town leadership and oversight that led to the illegal dumping of thousands of tons of contaminated debris throughout town, and he said the town is committed to fixing the problem, in his first public remarks on the scandal since he returned from deployment in Afghanistan.

During a State of the Town Address at town hall, Croci also apologized for the dumping in Brentwood's Roberto Clemente Park, one of four dumping sites being investigated by the Suffolk County district attorney's office.

"I apologize on behalf of the Town of Islip for what has transpired in [the park] and in town hall during my deployment," he said. "The situation is abhorrent, and I share the anger, the embarrassment, the frustration of our families, our friends and our neighbors at the failure of leadership and oversight by some in our town while I was overseas."

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