PUTNAM DA ANNOUNCES CONVICTION FOR ASSAULT AND ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD

CARMEL, NEW YORK – February 1, 2018: District Attorney Robert Tendy
announced today the conviction after a trial by jury of Anthony J. Scarfone
for Assault in the Third Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

On August 15, 2016 Scarfone attacked his girlfriend in their mutual residence
in the presence of their 15 month old child.

The victim suffered bruising to her neck as well as shoulder and cervical
strains. The child was not physically harmed. DA Tendy stated, “I want to
sincerely thank this woman for having the courage to come forward and to
stay the course despite numerous delays during the pendency of this case.
We will not tolerate domestic violence in our community and we encourage
everyone to speak up about it. No one should be a victim of domestic
violence, and we will do all we can to prevent it or hold accountable those
who commit it.”

The jury of three men and three women deliberated for three hours before
reaching a verdict. The case was tried in The Town of Putnam Valley Justice
Court by Assistant District Attorney Patricia Rau and assisted by Assistant
District Attorney Melissa Lynch. Sentencing by Judge Louis DiCarlo is
scheduled for April 5 in Putnam Valley Justice Court.

PUTNAM DA ANNOUNCES CONVICTION FOR ASSAULT AND ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD

PUTNAM DA PARTNERS WITH NYS TROOPERS

CARMEL, NEW YORK – January 19, 2018: Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced today
that his office has used asset forfeiture money to purchase state of the art computer equipment for the New York State
Troopers Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Troop K. The equipment will allow processing and analyzing of massive
electronic data records in connection with police investigations and will provide remote access to law enforcement
databases.

“I’ve encouraged law enforcement agencies to give us a list of items that will fill a serious need for some of the
investigative initiatives they are involved in, and we’ve been happy to purchase a lot of equipment for a number of
agencies,” Tendy said. “This Microsoft Pro and the accompanying equipment will be a great assistance to the New York
State Troopers. It will exponentially speed up and organize many aspects of their investigations. It’s a great tool, and
I’m really happy to help out.”

Captain John Ryan and Lieutenant Scott Hurley of the Troop K BCI were on hand to accept the computer. “This model
is more advanced and much faster than what we have been using for some complex databases. It is going to be
extremely helpful to us,” Ryan said.

Tendy added, “This is why asset forfeiture is so important. We forfeit the proceeds of crimes and use them to fight
other crimes. Any time we get a chance to help out, we will.”

The equipment will be put to use immediately.

PUTNAM DA PARTNERS WITH NYS TROOPERS

Putnam County District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Unit Auction January 2018

Visit Auctionsinternational.com to see the latest vehicles up for auction by the Putnam County District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Unit.  Vehicles auctioned here were seized and forfeited as the result of felony crimes in our county.  Please contact Tracy Locascio at 845-808-1051 for questions.

*All vehicles are sold with clean titles in the name of the Putnam County District Attorney’s Office, unless otherwise indicated

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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