Town of Catskill, NY punishing the residents for speaking up against toxic landfill.
April 7, 2017
An interview with 'Flash Talk' interviewing Stella Martin, after attending another court appearance for bogus charges September of 2016. We have posted numerous posts about the forms of ridiculous harassment, and forms of punishments Stella is forced to endure, because she has been outspoken about the illegal dumping activity she has witnessed transpiring next to her home, and into our Protected Wetlands. I know terrible things happen in our world, but I have never witnessed first hand, such an injustice as this entire experience these families are forced to endure. I witness our own local Town of Catskill, Greene County, and our NY State agencies protecting the toxic landfill, and illegal activity, more then the concerns for the health of two families, and our Protected Waters. They consistently go to extremes lengths to protect the illegal toxic landfill, and actually enforce forms of punishment on the innocent families, struggling to protect to their homes? We have previously posted numerous forms of the punishments, and harassment's Stella endures. This is a post about bogus trespassing charges imposed on not only Stella, but also to three visitors to her property while she was showing a friend the size of the wall (50-75ft in areas) of construction next to her property. The landfill owner suddenly popped up out of the weeds, and 20 minutes later a Sheriff was at Stella's door for trespassing charges for all. Meanwhile it was only the landfill owner's word, against the four people on Stella's property? So because the Town of Catskill's District Attorney decided to enforce the Landfill owners request to proceed with criminal charges, all four individuals needed to find representation against the bogus charges. The last court appearance was back in August 2016, when the attorneys were only given one choice for their clients, that the District Attorney would drop all of the charges for everyone, only if Stella pled guilty for the bogus trespassing charge, and accepted the punishment? They all graciously said No, they would go to trial then. The Town of Catskill District Attorney was asked for discovery/evidence, also for the case to be dismissed back in August 2016? That was last August, with no evidence shared, and no word on the dismissal that the one attorney asked for nearly 8 months ago? It's keeping the bogus trespassing court proceedings hanging over everyone's head, with no closure? What happened to our rights to a quick, and speedy court process? Its another obvious form of our local municipality abusing our laws to punish the innocent families, and protect an illegal toxic landfill? It's also been disturbing to know through this experience, the Greene County Sheriffs would not assist Stella for the calls she has placed for protection, but proceeded with these false charges? She had called the local authorities for help against the security guards scaring her children every night, throwing things towards her dogs to get them barking, and even gun shots going off through some nights for nearly two years, with her young children still having nightmares? Yet the Town of Catskill will impose four bogus trespassing charges with no proof? It's a shame to know your own local authorities won't help this family in need. None of the local authorities would even uphold the Town, or County laws against transporting the same type of construction/demolition debris admitted, to be dumped here locally from out of the Town or County? It's been admitted to be from Long Island/NYC? Even when numerous concerned citizens asked to meet with their investigator, asking them to help protect these families, and waters by upholding our local laws? The local laws admit those laws were enacted because they are aware that this type of dumping is hazardous to the local residents? It's still concerning for the extreme lengths many of our agencies have gone to manipulate, and deceive the many aspects of this experience to keep anyone from helping the families, and Protected Waters. Like the previous post about the Town illegally condemning Stella's house, with bogus code violations. Yet the illegally created toxic Landfill operating three businesses without any Town/County permits has No code violations? Both Mothers of the neighboring families, hit with with a strategically used defamation suit, to harass the Mothers into silence. There were security guards on the landfill property nightly, harassing Stella's family dogs, and waking the family up at all hours of the night, every night for nearly two years. Then Stella needed to move her family from their home, to get away from the terrible health impacts from the toxin exposure. The guards were actually still on camera, and present on the landfill even after Stella moved her family out? There are numerous ways that these families have been impacted, and forced to protect themselves not just from the toxic landfill owner, but all of our Protection Agencies? If it's simply a composting facility, why do they continue with these extreme lengths? Its not the neighboring families fault their neighbor chose to create this next to their homes. It wasn't their choice to dump illegally transported debris into our Nationally/Federally, NYS protected wetlands. Yet these families sure are enduring the price, like they were the ones that started it all? Thank you all for your support.