CARMEL, NEW YORK – MARCH 21, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today that he has used money from the Safe Street Grant to purchase five body armor vests for the Putnam County Probation Department. The vests will be worn by probation officers on assignment in potentially dangerous situations.
Putnam County Director of Probation, Gene Funicelli, was very happy to get the vests. “I want to thank District Attorney Tendy for purchasing these body armor vests for my department. They’ll provide a measure of safety for my officers when executing warrants and otherwise working in the field. This is generous gift is greatly appreciated.”
“I’m really glad that we could provide these vests to the probation officers. Sometimes they can find themselves in some very dangerous situations, and these vests will certainly be of great value to them,” Tendy said. He added, “There will be other purchases in the near future for law enforcement agencies. Anything we can do to help. We’re all part of a team.”

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Andrew Krivak’s Motion for a New Trial Denied

Andrew Krivak’s Motion for a New Trial Denied

Earlier today a Justice of the County Court denied Andrew Krivak’s motion to set aside his conviction for his role in the brutal 1994 rape and murder of 12-year-old Josette Wright.
Krivak had been found guilty by a jury of Murder in the Second Degree and Rape in the First Degree in 1997. He was sentenced to a term of 25 years to life by the trial court, who found that the evidence was “overwhelmingly against him” and there was “no question” that Krivak was guilty of this horrific crime. Krivak’s conviction was subsequently upheld on appeal.

Earlier this year, Krivak filed a motion claiming there was “newly discovered evidence” that, he contended, would result in his acquittal if he was granted a new trial. The County Court considered and rejected each and every argument advanced by Krivak, concluding that “[g]iven the overwhelming evidence of Defendant’s guilt, the purported “new evidence” is not likely to result in a more favorable verdict for Defendant.”

The Court based its determination in large part on Krivak’s “detailed, voluntary confession” which he provided to law enforcement following his arrest. The Court noted that Krivak’s confession was corroborated by witness accounts, physical evidence, and forensic analysis. In comparison to this evidence, the Court concluded that the purported new evidence “pales in comparison” and did not warrant a new trial.

District Attorney Robert V. Tendy would like to thank the Court for its careful consideration of the motion and detailed analysis of Krivak’s claims. He would also like to thank Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser for responding to Krivak’s motion and the current and former members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office who have worked tirelessly on this case for more than two decades to ensure that Krivak continues to be held responsible for his actions.

DA Robert V Tendy announces the conviction of John Caputo for Robbery in the Third Degree

DA Robert V Tendy announces the conviction of John Caputo for Robbery in the Third Degree

On October 18, 2016 the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was informed of a 911 call for a Robbery at the Subway Food Chain Store at 3101 Route 22 in the Patterson Commons.

An investigation revealed that the defendant, John Caputo from Wingdale New York, entered the location, approached the young cashier and indicated he was there to purchase a drink. When the employee went to enter the purchase into the register, the defendant displayed a box cutter, demanded money, and fled with approximately $347 dollars.

The Sheriff’s Office recovered video footage of the robbery which ultimately led to the apprehension of the defendant on October 20, 2016. District Attorney Tendy said that he wanted “to send a clear message that crimes of violence will be dealt with swiftly and aggressively in Putnam County,” and the defendant was indicted by a Grand Jury on October 28, 2016.

On February 28, 2017 the defendant entered a plea of guilty to Robbery in the Third Degree before the Honorable James Reitz and is expected to be sentenced on April 25, 2017 to 2 1/3 – 7 years state prison. The case is being prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Chana Krauss.