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Ruschmeyer’s staffers fined for dumping litter on Montauk beach

Four staff members at Rushmeyer's restaurant in Montauk

Four staff members at Rushmeyer's restaurant in Montauk pleaded guilty Monday, March 28, 2016, in East Hampton Town Justice Court to charges stemming from a staff beach party last summer during which a huge amount of litter was strewn about Navy Beach. The garbage left behind is shown here in on Sept. 1, 2015. Credit: Phyllis Morgano

Four staff members at Ruschmeyer’s restaurant in Montauk pleaded guilty Monday in East Hampton Town Justice Court to charges stemming from a staff beach party last summer during which a huge amount of litter was strewn about Navy Beach.

The defendants, identified as Tyler Aposhian, Fiona Bourke, Johnathan Crowley and Dylen Power were fined a total of $6,000 by Judge Steven Tekulsky.

“This was an egregious transgression by the staff of a local business,” Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said in a news release Tuesday. “These significant fines totaling $6,000 are a testament to the fact that the Town will not condone reckless disregard for our natural resources.”

Other defendants previously pleaded guilty to the camping and littering charges and paid smaller fines.

Montauk resident Phyllis Morgano, who lives about two blocks from the beach, said she was taking her morning walk about 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 1 when she saw the “mess” left over from a big night of partying.

Morgano said another resident had called police by the time she saw all the litter, but Morgano said she wanted to take a picture because she thought no one would believe it.

“There was a huge table with so much food on it — half a pig with a big giant carving knife still stuck in it,” Morgano recalled in a telephone interview Tuesday. “There were seagulls all over the place and trays and trays of uneaten food.”

The more she looked the more she saw, Morgano said.

“There were bottles of wine, bottles of liquor. . . . I couldn’t believe the mess I saw,” Morgano said. “There were gallon size containers of ketchup and mayonnaise and cases and cases of graham crackers and guacamole and chips. It was horrible.”

Cantwell said the four who received the larger fines “were the ringleaders responsible for the party.”

The management of the restaurant was credited by Cantwell for addressing the situation quickly.

“To their credit, the management of Ruschmeyer’s addressed the situation as soon as they became aware of the actions of their staff, but honestly, it was a little too late.”

Cantwell added, “There is no excuse for the beach to ever be placed in that condition.”

Neither a representative for the restaurant nor the attorney for the defendants, Edward D. Burke Jr., of Sag Harbor, could be immediately reached for comment.

The ages of the defendants and where they live was not available.

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