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Charges issued for dumping dead birds in Nassau

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Updated: 3/25 11:03 pm

NASSAU, N.Y. – About 200 dead birds were illegally dumped in the Town of Nassau, and two men were ticketed and charged Tuesday for the crime.

John Losowski, 55, of Valatie and Dave Garrity, 49, of Nassau were both charged with illegal disposal of solid waste.

The birds were discovered by a state worker March 19 along Mead Road.

“People do know better,” Town Supervisor David Fleming said. “Any anyone who has looked at this situation or read about it or watched your program knows that this was a stupid act. It’s clearly a stupid thing to do.”

Fleming said he’s glad there is closure on the case that involved investigations by the state police and Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC said in a statement the birds were legally killed from a licensed shooting preserve in Dutchess County.

The birds were meant for an annual local fire department’s large game dinner but were left over from the feast. The DEC said the leftover birds were given by the fire department to the Tri Village Bow Hunters club in Nassau. The birds had their edible portions removed.

The dumping violation is punishable by a fine of $1,500 to $15,000 and up to 15 days in jail.

Fleming said the town is reviewing its case against Losowski and Garrity.

“The town has specific town code; $1,000 per instance and up to 15 days in jail which we’re happy to pursue,” he said. “Those who want to deposit trash in our community, there are legal ways to do it and illegal ways to do it. If you do it illegally, you’re going to pay the price.”

Losowski and Garrity were issued appearance tickets returnable to Nassau Town Court on April 23. 

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