Ulster shuts down illegal dumping by landscaping company

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KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan Sunday announced the issuance of an order to immediately cease and desist the dumping of materials at properties owned by Woodstock Landscaping and Excavating L.L.C, off of Basin Road in the Town of Kingston.

According to Ryan, large volumes of construction and demolition debris have been dumped on the county-owned rail corridor property behind Beesmer Furniture Store on Route 28, and has the debris has created a hazardous situation for residents and the environment.

In 2019, County Executive Ryan was the first to issue a cease and desist order against Saugerties polluter Joseph Karolys. Following a call from County Executive Ryan, earlier this year the New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Joseph Karolys for persistent and flagrant violations of New York solid waste and water pollution laws. In addition, County Executive Ryan signed into law a bill that states that no refuse collected, obtained, or originating outside of Ulster County shall be deposited within the County.

Illegal construction debris cited by Ulster County. Photo provided.

“The actions of these polluters threaten the health and public safety of our residents and our environment and will not be tolerated under any circumstances,” County Executive Ryan said. “Ulster County has zero-tolerance for this kind of selfish behavior. My office will continue to monitor this situation and we will not hesitate to take additional action should these polluters continue to act in such a reckless manner.”

“Catskill Mountainkeeper applauded Ulster County for pursuing action against the rampant illegal dumping of construction and demolition debris in the Catskills,” Catskill Mountainkeeper Program Director Kate Hagerman said. “This decisive action sends the message that Ulster County is not going to tolerate activities that threaten our water and soil quality.

The order requires the cease and desist of the dumping and filling of refuse in any manner that trespasses upon or impacts County property. The order asks for an immediate end to such practices.