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Suffolk DA turns over discovery material to defendants in criminal dumping case

Tom Datre, president of Long Island Home Builders

Tom Datre, president of Long Island Home Builders Care Development Corp., makes opening remarks during a ground breaking for Veterans Way on May 23, 2013. Credit: Daniel Brennan

The Suffolk County district attorney's office in a brief court appearance Thursday turned over what the judge called "voluminous" discovery material to defense attorneys of the six men and four companies indicted last month in a case charging illegal dumping in and around Islip.

The information, compiled on a disk, includes statements from some defendants to law enforcement, email records from the Town of Islip pertaining to Roberto Clemente Park -- one of the four illegal dump sites identified by District Attorney Thomas Spota -- taped conservations of some of the defendants, state Department of Motor Vehicle records, seized financial documents, and photographs and lab results of testing done at all four sites, Michelle Pitman, an assistant district attorney, said in court.

Last month, businessman and longtime Islip GOP and Conservative Party donor and fundraiser Thomas Datre Sr.; his son, Thomas Datre Jr.; former Islip Town Parks Commissioner Joseph J. Montuori Jr. and his former executive secretary, Brett A. Robinson; Christopher Grabe of Islandia Recycling; and Ronald Cianciulli of Atlas Asphalt, a Deer Park paving company, were indicted for their alleged roles in the dumping, along with four businesses connected to the Datre family.

"It's a complicated case with a lot of documents and lots of discovery," said Kevin Kearon, attorney for Datre Jr. and his companies. "We're confident the system is going to give us a fair shake and that in the end they're going to be exonerated."

In a separate case, Datre Jr., his sister, Gia Gatien, and their mother, Clara Datre, each were indicted on charges of grand larceny and failure to pay prevailing wages. Prosecutors have charged that the defendants illegally netted nearly $250,000 from government contracts by not paying state prevailing wages and by padding invoices to the Town of Islip.

No discovery items were given Thursday on the prevailing wage matter, according to Andrew Campanelli, attorney for Datre Sr., Clara Datre and her company, Daytree at Cortland Square.

All defendants have pleaded not guilty. Both cases are due back in court March 10.

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