Assistant District Attorney/ Appellate Attorney Job Opening

Title:             Assistant District Attorney/ Appellate Attorney

Office:           Putnam County District Attorney

Salary:           TBD/Commensurate with experience

Location:      Town of Carmel, Putnam County, New York

Job Information: The Putnam County District Attorney’s Office is seeking a qualified, experienced candidate to join our small yet dynamic office in the role of appellate attorney.  Applicants must have 3+ years’ experience practicing criminal law, with a strong preference for prior appellate experience; possess superior research and writing skills; and demonstrate strong interpersonal and professional skills both in and out of the courtroom. Responsibilities will also include responding to FOIL inquiries and handling a local court case load of misdemeanor and felony cases.

Residency:   Must be a Putnam resident or live in an adjoining county, be licensed to practice law in the State of New York, and possess a certificate of good standing from the Appellate Division.

Benefits:      Full time benefits including health insurance and retirement benefits.

Contact:        Please send resume, writing sample, law school transcript, and at least two references to Christina Rizzo at Christina.Rizzo@putnamcountyny.gov

Peekskill resident sentenced for cocaine possession | Drugs Hidden In Emergency Brake Compartment

CARMEL, NEW YORK – June 5, 2019: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced that Antoine Boyd, of Peekskill, NY, was sentenced on June 4, 2019 to two years in state prison to be followed by two years of Parole supervision for possession of cocaine.

Boyd, 29, was arrested on April 20, 2018 after a traffic stop which occurred in the vicinity of Putnam Valley, New York. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Deputies conducted a search of Boyd’s vehicle and found over an eighth of an ounce of cocaine concealed in a compartment inside the emergency brake of the car.

Boyd had previously pled guilty on February 5, 2019 to Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree, a class D felony.
The case was handled by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit and was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Breanne Smith.

Nicole Addimando Found Guilty

CARMEL, NEW YORK – April 15, 2019: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today the conviction of Nicole Addimando for Murder in the Second Degree for the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Christopher Grover. On Friday April 12, 2019 a Dutchess County jury convicted Addimando after three days of deliberation.

The crime occurred in Dutchess County, but Tendy’s office agreed to handle the prosecution as a result of a conflict of interest in the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office. Tendy assigned Putnam County Chief Assistant Chana Krauss to prosecute the case.

Addimando was in her car sitting at a traffic light at 2 a.m. on September 28, 2017, sometime after the shooting. She did not move the car despite light changes. Town of Poughkeepsie Police Officer Richard Sisilli approached the car and Addimando got out saying that she had just killed her boyfriend in self-defense. She claimed she had been abused for years by Grover. She was brought in for questioning, and eventually arrested.

ADA Krauss and Putnam DA Investigator Michael Benvie began a painstaking six-month investigation of the case involving phone records, internet searches, computer forensics, dozens of interviews, and more. As a result of the information learned during the investigation, the inconsistencies in the defendant’s alleged history of abuse and her claims of self-defense, and the overwhelming evidence of intentional murder, Krauss indicted Addimando and proceeded to trial. She was assisted by Putnam ADA Larry Glasser.

Valuable assistance was also provided by the Town of Poughkeepsie Police, New York State Police, Investigator Matthew Tunney of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Investigator Jessica Cundari, and many others. The evidence showed that despite Addimando’s claim of self-defense Grover was killed by a point blank shot to his head while he was sleeping on his couch. At trial, Deputy Medical Examiner Kia Newman testified the gunshot wound to Mr. Grover’s temple was a hard, tight, contact wound caused by the muzzle of the gun pressed directly to Grover’s temple as he lay on his couch. Other evidence indicated that prior to the shooting the defendant had done internet searches on “what will happen if someone was asleep and then someone shot them in the head? Will they wake up or die instantly?”

“Chief Assistant Krauss, Investigator Benvie, ADA Glasser and so many others just did an unbelievable job on this case,” Tendy said. “It was one of the most painstaking and professional investigations and prosecutions I’ve ever seen. This case was tragic. Christopher Grover was a loving father, son, brother and nephew. I just hope the guilty verdict can bring some relief to his family and friends.”

The defendant faces 25 years to life. She will be sentenced on June 10, 2019.

19-01 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE – Addimando Guity

Robert Bauer Sentenced for Theft from Multiple Cemeteries and Vendors

CARMEL, NEW YORK – December 3, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on Friday, November 30, 2018, County Court Judge Larry Schwartz sentenced Robert Bauer of Pawling, New York to serve a total of 1 ½ to 4 ½ years in state prison and pay restitution in the amount of $195,850.50.

Bauer, who had been the superintendent of Raymond Hill Cemetery from approximately mid-2010 to mid-2015, had been previously been convicted after a jury trial, of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and two counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. As proven at trial, Bauer had submitted invoices, and been reimbursed, for more than $160,000 of work that he did not perform and materials he did not purchase.

Additionally, during the course of the investigation, the New York State Police and Putnam County District Attorney’s Office uncovered evidence that Bauer had stolen from other cemeteries by whom he was employed and vendors with whom he had done business. Bauer was separately charged with these offenses and on October 19, 2018, Bauer pleaded guilty to three additional counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, admitting that he stole from Ballard Barrett Cemetery, Union Valley Cemetery, Putnam County Monuments, and Bulldog Concrete. Three of the thefts occurred during the same time period as his theft from Raymond Hill, while the fourth occurred the weekend before his trial began.

Due to the scope of Bauer’s theft against the Raymond Hill Cemetery, as well as the additional crimes that he pleaded guilty to, the District Attorney’s Office vigorously argued to Judge Schwartz that Bauer deserved a sentence of 4 to 12 years in state prison. At sentencing, Judge Schwartz described Bauer as a “brazen thief” and sentenced him as described above.

18-12 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE – Robert Bauer-sentenced

PUTNAM DA ANNOUNCES CONVICTION OF SERIAL BURGLAR

CARMEL, NEW YORK – November, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on Wednesday, November 7, Andrew Hickey, of Carmel, NY was convicted after a jury trial of three counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and one Count of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Tendy personally handled the trial.

Over a five week period in 2017, Hickey broke into three houses—two on the same night. Two of the homes were occupied. The defendant was traced through DNA left at two of the scenes, and was arrested at the third home with the burglary in progress.

“This was a great collaborative effort involving the District Attorney’s Office, Carmel PD, Kent PD, the NYS Police Forensics Lab, and Putnam’s own I.T. Department.” Tendy said. “This defendant was involved in some very dangerous activity. In one home a mother and her baby were alone when he broke in, and in another a young woman was alone. Fortunately, no one was hurt. A lot of great police work went into securing this arrest and conviction. Law enforcement did a great job.”

 

Tendy was assisted at trial by ADA Melissa Lynch, and the case was tried before Judge James Reitz. Sentencing is scheduled for January 15.

 18-10 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- Andrew Hickey Conviction

Blue Star By-Way marker dedicated in Carmel

Putnam County District Attorney was very happy to take part in the Blue Star Memorial By-Way Plaque dedication this past Saturday.  The Plaque has been placed in front of the Putnam Historic Courthouse.

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The project was named for the Blue Star in the service flag which hung in the windows of homes and businesses to honor service men and women.

The Brewster-Carmel Garden Club sponsored the marker. Trina Hiemcke, chairwoman of the Blue Star Committee, said the local garden club had previously erected a marker in Brewster. “One of our main projects for 2018 was to place a marker in Carmel – our county seat –as well. Thanks to our District Attorney Robert Tendy who donated $500 for the cost of the marker and the county for locating a suitable rock to which the plaque has been attached, the Blue Star Memorial By-Way marker has become a part of our community.”

County Executive MaryEllen Odell told those in attendance, many huddled under umbrellas and shivering from the 41 degree temperature, that “Putnam. County was the most patriotic county in all of New York State. We cannot thank the dedicated members of the garden club enough for bringing this marker to our county seat. Putnam. County is extremely proud of its patriots–men as well as women–who have served our nation with pride, valor and dedication.”

Read the full article at Mid Hudson News.

District Attorney’s Office Provides Computers To Cold Spring Police Department

CARMEL, NEW YORK – October 9, 2018: District Attorney Robert Tendy and Village of Cold Spring Officer-in-Charge Larry Burke announced today the purchase and installation of two Panasonic Tough Book Laptop computers. The computers have been installed in two police vehicles and were purchased using District Attorney Asset Forfeiture money.

“These computers brought us from the 18th to 21st century,” Burke said. “They are so fast, and they enable us to access information very quickly. It could be a routine traffic stop, an accident scene, a need to run a quick background check on a license or vehicle or driver. They are great tools.”

Tendy said that the purchases were part of an effort to help law enforcement fill identified needs which couldn’t be filled through ordinary budgeting procedures. “Police Departments, particularly the smaller ones, run on a very tight budget and don’t always have the funding necessary to purchase equipment like these computers. Whenever we can help out a department through asset forfeiture we’ll do it. I know how useful these computers are, and I’m glad we could supply them. They are very high-tech state of the art machines.”

Asset forfeiture money is the result of the proceeds of a crime being seized by law enforcement. “We usually get it from DWI vehicles, sometimes narcotics sale proceeds. If a person has numerous DWIs we will forfeit their car. We won’t allow that person to drive anymore. They are simply too dangerous to the public,” Tendy said. “If a person is selling drugs we will forfeit their vehicle if it is used to facilitate the sale or the transportation of the drugs, and if we can take sale money we will.” Officer Burke let us know what his department needed and we were very happy to help.

18-09 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- COMPUTERS COLD SPRING PD

Putnam DA Announces Conviction For Cocaine Sales and Possession

CARMEL, NEW YORK – September 25, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on September 25, 2018, Omar Miles, a resident of Lake Peekskill, NY was convicted after a jury trial of three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. All counts are B felonies and Miles faces up to a maximum of 36 years in state prison.

The defendant has 6 prior felony convictions, all drug-related.

“This was a great collaborative effort involving the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s office, the Narcotics Enforcement Unit, Putnam Corrections, and the NYS Police Crime Lab.” Tendy said. “ADAs Breanne Smith and Patty Rau put together a fantastic court presentation. This was a just and deserved conviction and I want to thank the jury for recognizing the defendant for what he is, a drug dealer.”

Miles will be sentenced by Judge James Rooney on November 14, 2018.

18-00 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- Omar Miles

Putnam DA Announces Conviction For Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

CARMEL, NEW YORK – August 23, 2018: District Attorney Robert Tendy
announced today the conviction after a trial by jury of Clayton Edmonds for
Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an E Felony.
On 11/22/17 Edmonds was driving from the Saw Mill Parkway onto I-684.
Three 911 calls for erratic driving were made to Westchester 911. Edmonds
proceeded to hit the guardrail on I-684 multiple times and swerved across all
lanes of traffic.

Members of the Westchester County Police and New York State Police
pursued Edmonds and he was pulled over after the driver’s side tire came
off his vehicle past the Hardscrabble Road exit in Putnam County. Edmonds
had an 8 year old child in the car with him. Police officers observed that
Edmonds had an odor of alcohol, bloodshot watery eyes, and impaired motor
coordination. He failed DWI field sobriety tests and then refused to take a
chemical breath test to determine his blood alcohol level. The case was tried
in Putnam County Court by Assistant District Attorney Melissa
Lynch. Sentencing by Judge James Rooney is scheduled for October 24.
Edmonds has seven prior convictions.

18-007 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE- CLAYTON EDMONDS

PAWLING RESIDENT CONVICTED OF STEALING $160,000 FROM CEMETERY

CARMEL, NEW YORK – June 26, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that on June 25, 2018, Robert Bauer, of Pawling, NY, was convicted after a jury trial of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and two counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.

As proven at trial, from approximately mid-2010 to mid-2015, Bauer submitted invoices to the Raymond Hill Cemetery, located in Carmel, NY for work he allegedly performed and materials he allegedly purchased on the cemetery’s behalf. Bauer was the Superintendent of Raymond Hill. He was reimbursed by the cemetery based on the invoices he submitted. However, Bauer did not actually perform the work or purchase the materials, and invoices he submitted were either wholly false or grossly inflated. Additionally, in at least one case, Bauer submitted a forged document which he claimed was an actual invoice from a vendor in support of his claim for reimbursement. In total, Bauer stole more than $160,000 from the cemetery as a result of this scheme.

Bauer is scheduled to be sentenced by County Court Judge Larry Schwartz on September 21, 2018. Bauer faces a maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years’ incarceration in state prison.

D.A. Tendy would like to thank the members of the jury for their careful consideration of the evidence in this case. He would also like to thank the New York State Police and the New York Department of State, Division of Cemeteries for their assistance in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser with significant assistance from Investigator Michael Benvie.

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