Former Smithtown Town building inspector Robert Bonerba has died, his attorney and town officials said Friday.

Bonerba was found dead on June 4 in his Nesconset apartment, attorney Anthony LaPinta said. The cause of death was not known, and results of an autopsy are pending, he said.

Bonerba was 62.

Attempts on Friday to reach his family were unsuccessful. LaPinta said the family would not comment.

Family members, including two grown daughters, did not immediately announce his death and were "overwhelmed by grief," LaPinta said.

Bonerba's long career in town government was ended abruptly by legal trouble.

He admitted to taking bribes from developers and served 16 months of a 2-year sentence before he was released from Suffolk County jail on Dec. 23, 2010.

His fall from grace shocked town officials, who previously believed Bonerba had done his job conscientiously.

On Friday, town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio declined to comment on Bonerba's death.

LaPinta said: "Robert Bonerba was a good person who made some mistakes in his life, but was manly enough to take responsibility for them. He was a devoted family man, and he'll be sorely missed."

Bonerba, who became Smithtown's chief building inspector in 1988, was suspended by the town in December 2006 for allegedly failing to comply with financial disclosure rules. He retired later that month before a hearing could be held on his possible termination.

In 2008, Bonerba was charged in a 42-count indictment with taking thousands of dollars in cash and services -- such as improvements to his home -- from developers in exchange for expediting permit applications. He pleaded guilty in 2009 and was jailed.

Bonerba's legal problems did not end when he was released from jail.

In January, he was arrested in Farmingville by State Police and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful loitering, both misdemeanors. Police said Bonerba purchased 50 glassine envelopes of heroin, with a street value of $500, in a parking lot in the 2200 block of North Ocean Avenue in Farmingville.

Bonerba pleaded not guilty. His criminal case was unresolved at the time of his death, LaPinta said.

Private services for Bonerba were held earlier this month.

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