The New York state attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday, charging a couple with illegal dumping in Ulster County. The suit alleges the pair continually flouted environmental regulations at three sites in the Town of Saugerties.
Attorney General Letitia James alleges Joseph and Rachel Karolys violated New York’s waste and water pollution laws at the three sites, and that Joseph Karolys repeatedly accepted and disposed of construction and demolition debris at the sites, and operated the waste dumps without required state water pollution control permits and in violation of solid waste requirements. Area residents and local officials say it’s been a problem for a few years. The lawsuit seeks civil penalties and asks the court to revoke Karolys’ solid waste management facility registration and order the couple to remove and lawfully dispose of all waste from the three sites.