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.

17-017 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Daniel Kriz

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.

17-016 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Phillip Callaci

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.

17-015 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Anthony Grigoroff



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.

17-014 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Amanda Burdick and Thomas Coviello



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.”

17-013 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Christain Manual Salazar-Miguel

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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CARMEL, NEW YORK – JUNE 2, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that Brian R. Morgan of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced by the Honorable Judge James T. Rooney in Putnam County Court to a term of 2 1/3 – 7 years state prison for Felony Driving While Intoxicated. This is the maximum term of imprisonment under New York State law.
At 6:30 am on September 3. 2016, a New York State Trooper observed Morgan’s vehicle on the Taconic State Parkway in the Town of Putnam Valley speeding at upwards of 80 miles per hour. After pulling over the vehicle, the Trooper smelled alcohol on Morgan’s breath, and noticed that Morgan’s eyes were blood shot. After Morgan failed various field sobriety tests he refused to take a chemical breath test and was placed under arrest.
Morgan was convicted by twelve jurors on March 27, 2017. It was his third conviction for DWI, and he is awaiting sentence in Westchester County Court on his fourth DWI conviction.
District Attorney Tendy thanked the New York State Police who stopped and arrested Morgan. “I am very pleased that Brian Morgan, a habitual Driving While Intoxicated offender, was arrested, tried, and sentenced to the maximum term of incarceration. It sends a message to defendants like Morgan that they will be held accountable for the danger they put others in,” Tendy said.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch.





CARMEL, NEW YORK – MAY 23, 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 Sheriff’s Department. The vests will be worn by Deputy Sheriff’s on assignment in potentially dangerous situations.

Sheriff Donald B. Smith stated that “all of us in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office are grateful to District Attorney Bob Tendy and his office for providing several new bullet-proof vests to us. The new vests were issued to investigators and to deputies assigned to our Narcotics Enforcement Unit, to replace old vests that had reached the end of their effective lifespans. The D.A.’s acquisition of the new vests for our members truly represents a potentially life-saving gift for the men and women who will wear them while doing their duties in harm’s way.”

Tendy said “the Safe Street Grant money is something that we can put to great use, and making sure our Sheriff’s Deputies have the protection they need is extremely important. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with Sheriff Smith in this endeavor.” He added, “Everyone in law enforcement is part of a team, and whenever my office can help, we will.”





CARMEL, NEW YORK – MAY 3, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today the conviction of Daniel M. O’Brien, 37, of Cochecton, New York, of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a class D felony. As part of a plea deal, the defendant pleaded guilty to this charge on March 21, 2017, and was sentenced by the Honorable James Reitz to a term of 1-3 years in state prison on May 16, 2017.

At approximately 10:30 PM on the night of April 14, 2016, O’Brien was driving a motor vehicle in Connecticut when law enforcement attempted to pull him over for a traffic infraction. Rather than comply, O’Brien fled the police in his vehicle, leading them on a high-speed chase, during which his speed exceeded 100 miles per hour, on Interstate 84 into New York. Connecticut authorities ceased their pursuit at the state border and notified New York State Police of their pursuit. New York State Police vehicles located the defendant, who again failed to stop his vehicle. O’Brien continued to drive on local roads in the towns of Southeast and Carmel recklessly and at excessive speeds, causing at least one other vehicle to swerve off of the road and nearly hitting several other vehicles, all while still being pursued by police officers.

O’Brien stopped his vehicle only when he hit a concrete curb on Route 6 in the town of Carmel, and was quickly surrounded by law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions. O’Brien then charged at a deputy from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and wrestled with him, until the deputy and other officers were able to subdue and arrest him.

District Attorney Tendy would like to thank the New York State Police, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and Village of Brewster Police Department, whose members were involved in O’Brien’s pursuit and apprehension. “This defendant showed a depraved indifference to human life by fleeing police officers and leading them on a high-speed and very dangerous pursuit,” said DA Tendy. “I would like to thank all of the officers and agencies involved in this case for safely pursuing and arresting the defendant before he caused a crash that resulted in injuries or worse to innocent third parties.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser.



CARMEL, NEW YORK – MAY 3, 2017: Putnam County District Attorney Robert V. Tendy announced today that Richard O’Keefe was sentenced by the Honorable Edward Mcloughlin to one year in jail and revocation of his license based upon an agreed plea to Criminally Negligent Homicide, a class E felony. As part of the plea deal, the defendant has also agreed to refrain from reapplying for a license for one year after his release from jail.

A New York State Police investigation revealed that on November 14, 2015 O’Keefe, a retired Carmel Police Officer, was driving at an excessive rate of speed (between 52 and 58 mph) on Route 6 in the Town of Carmel when his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Anna Estrada. The collision caused the vehicle driven by Ms. Estrada to roll on to its passenger side and collide with a third vehicle causing fatal injuries to Frances Ghelarducci who was seated in the rear of the vehicle driven by Estrada.

O’Keefe refused to consent to a chemical screening of his blood sample, so an order was issued compelling submission to a chemical test. The sample was secured and revealed a blood alcohol content of .09%. New York State Police extrapolated Mr. O’Keefe’s blood alcohol content to be .247% at the time of the collision.

Ms. Estrada voluntarily consented to a chemical screening of her blood sample which yielded negative results for alcohol and or drugs.

The collision reconstruction report revealed that the primary cause of the collision was the vehicle driven by Estrada failing to yield the right of way to the defendant’s vehicle; however, contributing factors to the collision were the speed at which O’Keefe was traveling and the fact that he was operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

“Our community continues to mourn the loss of a wonderful person who had such a positive impact on so many.” stated DA Tendy. “Frances was a beloved wife, mother and Teacher’s Aide at Primrose Elementary School and is missed dearly by all”.

The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Chana Krauss.