PUTNAM DA KEEPS KENT POLICE OFFICERS SAFER WITH THE PURCHASE OF NEW BODY ARMOR VESTS

CARMEL, NEW YORK – October 5, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that he has used money from the District Attorney Asset Forfeiture funds and Safe Street Grant funds to purchase five body armor vests for the Town of Kent Police Department.

Tendy said that “over the past year, various law enforcement agencies have contacted my office and have put in requests for equipment to help in their assignments. Chief Alex DiVernieri contacted my office and said that he could really use these vests—they are so important and can save lives. I agreed right away.”

Chief DeVernieri stated that “the safety of our officers is paramount. I want to thank DA Tendy for purchasing these vests for our officers and providing them with the tools they need to stay safe.”

In the past year, Tendy has used grants and asset forfeiture funds to provide simulator training pistols, body armor vests, and electronic devices to law enforcement agencies working in and for Putnam. “That’s what the money is for, to help the deputies, police officers, and troopers do their job safely and effectively,” Tendy said. “We are going to do a lot more of it. Anything we can do to help, we will do it.”

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Anthony Grigoroff Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Garrison Garage Murder

Carmel, N.Y. – District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that Anthony Grigoroff was sentenced in Putnam County Court by the Hon. Edward McLoughlin to the maximum sentence of 25 years to life for the murder of John Marcinak. Marcinak was shot and killed at his place of business, the Garrison Garage, when he interrupted a burglary on the afternoon of December 31, 2008. Grigoroff acted as a lookout and getaway driver. He had previously been found guilty in 2010, but in 2015 that conviction was overturned. He was again convicted on August 8 after a two week trial.

Tendy, who personally tried the case along with Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch, asked the judge to sentence Grigoroff to the maximum. “Let no one have any illusions that the Defendant isn’t guilty,” Tendy said in his statement prior to sentencing. “He gave great detail in his confession as to what occurred during the burglary and shooting, and that’s because he was there when it happened. No one could have had such knowledge of the crime scene and what occurred there unless he was personally present.”

Tendy also discussed the defendant’s trial testimony. Grigoroff claimed during the trial that Putnam County Sheriff’s Department investigators forced him to confess to a crime he didn’t commit. “I find this reprehensible,” Tendy said. “In fact, the exact opposite happened. The members of the Sheriff’s Department were very

careful to do everything properly and took great pains to make sure the defendant’s rights were not violated. The investigators did a great job and are to be commended.”

Friends and relatives of John Marcinak were also present. Tendy told the court that “John Marcinak was by all accounts a decent, caring, giving, loving father and friendly, decent, caring, and giving member of his community.”

Grigoroff sat silent during the sentence proceedings, and when asked by the judge if he wanted to say anything before sentencing, tersely answered “no.”

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Burglar Sent to State Prison

CARMEL, NEW YORK – Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today the conviction of William J. Gambichler, 24, of Southeast, New York, of Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony. The defendant pleaded guilty on June 13, 2017 and was sentenced by the Honorable James Reitz on September 5, 2017 to a term of 2-4 years in state prison.

At approximately 9:50 AM on March 18, 2017, an alert employee at a nearby business observed a vehicle drive up to the closed Brady Stannard car dealership located at 1015 Route 22 in Southeast. The witness observed the defendant exit the vehicle, walk behind the dealership, and return a few minutes later carrying a plastic bag. Knowing that the dealership was closed, the witness immediately called the police.

Gambichler, a previously convicted felon, confessed to members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office that he had in fact broken into the dealership. A search of the immediate area resulted in the recovery of the stolen cash register. Forensic analysis later revealed Gambichler’s fingerprints on the cash register.

District Attorney Robert Tendy would like to thank the diligent eyewitness who called the police after observing the suspicious activity. “If you see something, say something, so together we can continue to keep Putnam County Safe “.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser.

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2 ½ to 5 Year Sentence For Illegal Firearms Possession

CARMEL, NEW YORK – District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced the conviction of 36 year old Bronx resident Anthony Savarese for the crime of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D Felony Offense.

Savarese, who has a criminal history including a felony conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, was driving on the Taconic State Parkway when he crashed his vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. The quick response to the single car crash by New York State Police led to the recovery of an illegal loaded .38 special revolver the defendant kept in the center console of his Porsche.

Savarese left the scene but was spotted a short distance away where he admitted fleeing the crashed vehicle and leaving the loaded firearm behind. ADA Joseph Charbonneau’s aggressive prosecution of the Predicate Felon resulted in his conviction and a sentence of 2 ½ to 5 years in State Prison and forfeiture of 30,000 dollars.

“ADA Charbonneau did a great job prosecuting this case. Illegal firearms in the hands of felons are extremely dangerous,” Tendy said. “I am grateful that the New York State Police recovered the weapon before anyone was hurt. Those who unlawfully possess weapons not only put citizens in danger, but they also jeopardize the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens. It will not be tolerated.”

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DA Robert V Tendy announces the conviction of Daniel Kriz

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 10, 2017 Carmel, N.Y. Daniel Kriz, 49 of Wingdale NY, was sentenced on August 8, 2017 in Putnam County Court by the Honorable Judge Edward McLoughlin to 1-3 years in state prison for his conviction of Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, a class E Felony. As a result of Kriz’s abusive conduct of his former girlfriend, an order of protection was issued on her behalf against Kriz that included a “no contact” provision. Ignoring the Courts order, Kriz continued to harass his victim causing her to fear for her safety. After an intensive investigation by Inv. John Kerwick of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Kriz was arrested and incarcerated.

ADA Laura Roberts worked closely with Kerwick and District Attorney’s Special Victim Investigator Jaemie Caban to insure the victim was safe and Kriz was held accountable for his abusive conduct.

When DA Tendy took office in 2016 he restructured the office so that every prosecutor in his office, not just one, understood the complexities of handling a domestic violence case. “Often, by the time a victim of domestic violence contacts the police, there has been a lengthy history of abuse. We strive to let our victims know that their voices are heard, and we will work with all our multi-disciplinary partners to make sure victims are safe and their needs are addressed while holding their abusers accountable. Every domestic violence case is different and must be handled that way” stated DA Tendy.

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Phillip Callaci Sentenced to Two Years State Prison

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 9, 2017 District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that Phillip Callaci, 50, of Mahopac, was sentenced to two years in state prison and two years post release supervision on August 1, 2017, after pleading guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.

Callaci was arrested on October 26, 2016, after arranging to sell a quantity of heroin to what turned out to be an undercover Sheriff’s Deputy. Members of the Narcotics Enforcement Unit found Callaci, along with a female passenger and two young children (aged three years and three weeks old), parked in a vehicle at the agreed upon sale location where Callaci had thirteen glassines envelopes of heroin on him ready to be sold.

Outraged that Callaci would arrange to sell Heroin with his children in the car, ADA Breanne Smith, who prosecuted the case, refused any plea offer that did not include a state prison sentence.

“Heroin kills, it’s that simple. My office will continue to use every resource to punish those who push these drugs in to our community” DA Tendy stated.

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Anthony Grigoroff Convicted a Second Time by Putnam County Jury

Grigoroff Convicted a Second Time by Putnam County Jury

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 8, 2017 Carmel, N.Y. – The Putnam County District Attorney’s Office has   announced the conviction of Anthony Grigoroff for the murder of life- long Garrison resident John Marcinak.

“Once again, a Putnam County Jury heard all the evidence, carefully deliberated, and found Anthony Grigoroff guilty of Murder in the Second Degree and two counts of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree,” District Attorney Robert Tendy stated. “We can only hope this conviction will bring justice for John and peace to his family and friends who were present throughout the trial.”

The jury comprised of six women and six men listened carefully to the lengthy testimony, analyzed the evidence, weighed the credibility of the witnesses, and reached a unanimous verdict.

District Attorney Tendy is grateful to the current and retired members of the PCSO and State Police who worked closely with his office to insure that the passage of time never hindered a successful prosecution. Tendy who was lead trial attorney also commended the “tireless efforts of his co-counsel Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch whose commitment to the Marcinak family and desire to ensure that justice was served remained an unmistakable driving force throughout the trial.”  Tendy also thanks DA Investigator Michael Benvie for his tireless efforts during the prosecution of this case.

The Defendant faces a sentence of 25 years to Life on the Murder conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for September 26, 2017.  The case was presided over by the Hon. Edward McLoughlin.

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PUTNAM COUNTY TREATMENT COURT VIOLATORS SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON

PUTNAM COUNTY TREATMENT COURT VIOLATORS SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 3, 2017: District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that two Carmel residents were recently sentenced to State Prison for failure to comply with the terms of their agreement with the Putnam County Treatment Court program. Twenty-three year old Amanda Burdick entered the treatment court program on March 20, 2014 after pleading guilty to three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, facing potentially 27 years in state prison if unsuccessful in the program. Had she successfully completed the program Burdick had the opportunity to have all her charges dismissed. After absconding from one treatment facility, Burdick rotated though four additional inpatient facilities but was repeatedly discharged for conduct considered dangerous to other participants. Burdick ultimately exhausted all her treatment options, was terminated from the program, and sentenced to a total of 15 years state prison.

Sixty-eight year old Thomas Coviello was terminated from the program and sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years state prison. Coviello entered Treatment Court on December 4, 2014 after pleading guilty to one count of Felony Driving While intoxicated and an admission to a violation of probation. On January 10, 2017 Coviello was arrested for Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, in violation of his agreement which prohibited him from driving.

Tendy commended the sentences imposed by the Honorable James Reitz. “Too many lives are lost to addictions,” Tendy said. “Treatment Court is an opportunity, but if you abuse that opportunity, if you violate the conditions of the program and place other participants at risk, you will go to prison.”

The treatment court program seeks alternative methods for helping drug addicts caught up in the legal system through a rigorous two year program designed to allow participants to avoid prison and become productive members of the community.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Breanne Smith.

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DA TENDY ANNOUNCES THE CONVICTION OF BREWSTER RESIDENT FOR RAPE IN THE SECOND DEGREE

DA TENDY ANNOUNCES THE CONVICTION OF BREWSTER RESIDENT FOR RAPE IN THE SECOND DEGREE

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 3, 2017: District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that 19 year old Christian Manuel Salazar-Miguel was convicted of two counts of Rape in the Second Degree and two counts of Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor. The defendant wooed his underage victims through social media, eventually leading to sexual intercourse.

Tendy indicated that a joint investigation with the Putnam County Sherriff’s office and the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office led to a search warrant on the defendant’s Facebook page and a review of thousands of posts. Exhaustive investigation by Putnam County Sheriff’s investigator Shaun Menton and District Attorney’s Investigator Jaemie Caban resulted in the identification and interview of the young victims, who were only 13 and 14 years old.

As a result of the intensive investigation, the defendant was sentenced to four years in state prison; 10 years post release supervision, and will be required to register as a sex offender. “This case is an unfortunate reminder of how dangerous social media can be and how important it is for parents to monitor their kids’ social media use,” Tendy said. “There are sexual offenders out there grooming our kids to be victims. Education and awareness for the parents and in our schools is vital. This case is another example of why my office will continue to educate our kids while simultaneously prosecuting the offenders.  Prevention and prosecution will continue to be my top priority”

Chief Assistant Chana Krauss prosecuted this case and frequently gives talks to students about the dangers of social media. Tendy commented that “ADA Krauss is always available to go to a school and discuss these issues with students, parents, and teachers. Nobody knows more about this problem than she does, and she can be a great resource. School administrators can contact my office at 845-808-1050 if they want to discuss this. Sadly, it is a problem that is not going to go away. Vigilance and education are extremely important.”

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Carmel Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree

Carmel Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree

CARMEL, NEW YORK – JULY 17, 2017 District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced the conviction of Daniel G. Moloney, Jr., aged 30, of 265 East Lake Boulevard, in the Town of Carmel for the crime of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D Felony . On September 25, 2016 the Putnam County Sheriff’s office received a complaint that the 14 year old victim had been sexually abused by the defendant in his bedroom.

The victim, who was interviewed at the Child Advocacy center by DA Investigator Jaemie Caban and Investigator Shaun Menton of the PCSO, revealed the defendant, a family friend, brought the victim to his bedroom under the guise they were going to watch TV. Once in the bedroom, the defendant sexually assaulted the victim and threated to use restraining devices if she did not comply. A joint effort between law enforcement and the DA’s Office led to the execution of a search warrant and the recovery of the restraints. Chief Assistant District Attorney Chana Krauss refused to plea bargain the case and he ultimately pled guilty as charged.

The defendant was sentenced on July 12, 2017 before Judge Rooney to the agreed upon sentence of six months in jail, 10 years of sex offender probation, an order of protection and Sex Offender Registration. The defendant waived his right to appeal and the young victim was spared the trauma of testifying.

The victim’s mother, who was in support of the agreed upon plea and grateful for the careful attention the case and her daughter received, submitted a statement to the Court on the day of sentence, “because of your disgusting shameful acts she will never look at life the same and she’s just a child whose life barely began”.

DA Tendy stated “I want the message to be clear; we will fight tooth and nail to protect our children, if you harm a child here in Putnam County, you will be found, prosecuted and held accountable by the most aggressive team. This case was investigated prosecuted swiftly and effectively as a joint effort between the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s Office.”

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