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Code officer who faces court case suspended by town

Hempstead Town officials have suspended Roy Gunther Jr.,

Hempstead Town officials have suspended Roy Gunther Jr., a town code enforcement officer, for five days. Gunther faces a court case alleging he let garbage and construction debris accumulate outside his Oceanside home. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

A Hempstead Town code enforcement officer accused of letting debris pile up outside his Oceanside home has been suspended from his job for five days, the town’s spokesman said.

Roy Gunther Jr. was charged by the town in May with a violation after he allegedly let garbage and construction debris accumulate outside his home during renovations to repair damage from superstorm Sandy, which hit in 2012.

Town spokesman Mike Deery said Gunther has been suspended without pay from Aug. 28 to Friday.

A town official said the suspension was related to Gunther’s court case.

Gunther’s attorney, Michael Elbaz of Manhattan, could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Gunther appeared in court on Aug. 17 and the case has been adjourned until Sept. 19 as the town appoints a special prosecutor to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Gunther is listed as a “code enforcement officer III” in the town building department at an annual salary of $125,333, according to 2016 town payroll records. He has worked for the town since 1999.

An “on-site field inspection” found “brick piles, milk crates, a sink, a toilet bowl, and varying garbage and construction debris stored on the property at the exterior of the dwelling,” at Gunther’s Riverside Drive home, court documents state.

Fines for the violation are set at the court’s discretion but could reach $500.

Gunther received two other summonses because he did not have a permit to disconnect a gas meter, but the building inspector wrote the wrong date on the ticket and the charges were dropped.

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