Trash collector's bid to keep Babylon deal
Babylon Town officials meeting Monday to decide whether to hire an embattled Bay Shore waste company to pick up the town's residential garbage will review a thick stack of documents the company submitted Friday in an attempt to keep a contract that could be worth $78 million over the next decade.
Deep in the documents from Jody Enterprises Inc. is a written statement reaffirming sworn claims by company management that accused fraudster Michael Dalessandro, 43, of East Patchogue, was fired Aug. 23.
Those claims were called into question at a special hearing last week when town attorney Joseph Wilson played surveillance video taken by private investigators that appeared to show Dalessandro still working at the company as late as last week.
Dalessandro was one of two Jody employees charged recently with grand larceny in an alleged scheme to steal recyclables from the Town of Smithtown, which also is considering whether to keep its contract with Jody. Jody also was charged with grand larceny.
An unsigned statement included in the documents delivered to the town Friday asserts that Dalessandro has, since his firing, been "available to answer questions regarding his previous role in the company, he has demonstrated our opening procedure, and has otherwise met" with the man hired to replace him and with company owner Giustino Gallone.
"This cooperation has been strictly a courtesy Mr. Dalessandro has extended us, and is in no way to be confused with employment," the statement continues, adding that Dalessandro has not received any compensation "whatsoever, nor has he had any role in managing/supervising staff."
In an interview Friday, Vincent Messina Jr., a lawyer for Jody, said, "We are looking forward to moving forward with the Town of Babylon and working cooperatively with the town to save taxpayers $10 million next year."
Jody was among six companies that bid for the town's residential business earlier this year. The town board might move forward with its contract or cut ties. In the latter case, board members would meet again Tuesday to decide how the town's garbage will be removed when the current contract expires on Sept. 30.
Options include extending the contract already in place or seeking an agreement with one of the other bidders.