Residents: Jezco, Leteri Making 'Junk Yard' of Kings Park

Residents ask town to seek additional restraining orders against companies that allegedly continue to operate businesses against town code.

Residents are asking Smithtown officials to step up enforcement actions against allegedly illegal industrial businesses along Old Northport Road and Lawrence Road in Kings Park to prevent the area from becoming a junk yard. 

Tom Unverzagt, a Kings Park resident with the Old Northport Road Lawrence Road Task Force, thanked Supervisor Patrick Vecchio on Tuesday for having KPE II monitored to enforce the town's temporary restraining order from the state Supreme Court to cease all industrial practices. 

"My thanks to Public Safety, day in and day out, I've stopped and there's always a car outside," Unverzagt said. "It's sad we have to devote resources to monitor a company to make sure they are compliant." 

No work violations have been spotted since the town's Public Safety began 24/7 monitoring of KPE's site. Town Attorney John Zollo was in court on the town's lawsuit against KPE on April 4 and the case was continued with the restraining order remaining in effect. 

Mary Ann Stephens told Smithtown town board members that temporarily halting KPE II is only part of a much larger problem. Stephens took more than 60 photos of allegedly illegal business practices along Old Northport Road she blames for foul odors, noise complaints and more. 

"It's so wrong. These businesses aren't just bad neighbors, they are atrocious neighbors that are a threat to the welfare of the community," she said. 

Stephens accused Jezco and other companies on the same strip of property of continuing to have 18-wheeler trucks haul materials, including mulch and debris, in spite of town code.

"There's a sign outside Leteri's that reads 'Open to the public, bring your junk here. Dumpsters for rent.' How is that within residential or light industrial," she said. 

Stephens said her photos also show dumped tires, discarded tubing, broken glass, rusting metal drums, wiring and construction debris strewn about Old Northport Road. She asked town board to do more to stop illegal business practices and cleanup the area.

Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said he would have the town's Public Safety department look into these complaints, and based upon their investigation, ask the town attorney's office to possibly seek a restraining order  - similar to the one obtained against KPE II - against these other businesses. 

The town's enforcement of KPE II's restraining order comes at a heavy price, the supervisor warned.

"We're committed to that, but it's a heavy burden. It's way over budget for the Public Safety Department. We'll do it as long as we have to, I guess, until the judge makes a decision," Vecchio said. 

Vecchio has given indications he is interested in pursuing the necessary actions to bring other Kings Park businesses into compliance with town code. The supervisor asked the town attorney's office for possible methods to enforce town code on Carlson Associates at Tuesday's work session. Carlson Associates pled guilty to town summonses of property maintenance in March, carrying a $1,000 fine, and has a pending application before Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals for a change of zone to legalize their current business practices. 

"I’ve done my research. Even if the change of zone were approved, [Carlson Associates] can’t do the composting and the grinding - that’s not a permitted use in any zoning," Vecchio said. 

No action was taken against Carlson Associates or other businesses at Tuesday's town board meeting.

Editor's Note: Jezco Bulk Removal had reported July 22 it will be moving to Yaphank in order to accommodate Kings Park citizens. 


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KPNY April 15, 2013 at 06:55 PM
@Tony Leteri. I would like you to know that I was very eager to meet you at the KPCA meeting 2 months ago...I went out despite the forcast for snow. I was very disappointed that you didn't show up to the meeting. I was hoping to convince you that, despite your many good deeds to the community in the past, you continue to be a terrible neighbor to those who live near your business. Your facility is a mess- plain and simple! When I learned that you were a resident, I couldn't believe it! Your establishment "could" be a great example...BUT IT ISN'T. You have multiply obvious violations and I don't think it would take too much effort ( financial or labor) to clean up the mess and get some curb appeal going. You have the potential to show Mr. Gesuale, Mr. Underberg, Mr. Heinlein and Mr. Axelrod how a successful and prominant local businessman can succeed in business and be a good neighbor at the same time. As to the legality of your operation, that's what the Town Board needs to address...the community of neighbors in and around Old Northport Rd & Lawrence Rd. are doing right by putting pressure on the Town to enforce their codes...I'm pretty sure you'd be making the same phone calls if this was happening in your neighborhood!
John K Massaro April 15, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Your childish rhetoric & your obvious need to insult, combined with your lip-synching ridiculous lyrics like "Crookhaven" tells me you have nothing of substance or intelligence to add to this debate. I find you an irrelevant little troll & as of this moment will no longer entertain your insignificant little rants. Carry on with your blind ignorance. At least Mary is worth debating with, she has some valid points to make. All you're doing is acting like an immature little imbecile...
Liberty April 15, 2013 at 08:42 PM
With utmost respect, John your ignorance deserves the utmost pity. John see when you write a sentenence you do not capitalize the y in your--check your message out. Also this sentenence does fit you to a T---Thanks for it.
Kpdumper April 16, 2013 at 03:03 AM
@kpny you are treading on thin ice don't be surprised when the town comes knocking on your door. What have you done for this community, in fact what has anybody done but stick their 2 cents and nose where it doesn't belong. Oh yeah and I'm not collecting a pay check from any of the businesses being mentioned, I'm just a stand up businessman with nothing but FACTS @mary Ann where to begin with you, born in 1958 was a Wall Street GEEK am I stating facts, or is the Internet making it up, maybe you should have stayed on Wall Street or perhaps stay focused on your knit business, well educated really taking photos of my truck driving down the street. who are you going to turn me in to and for what. I bring my waste to a licensed facility who happens to run the cleanest operation I've ever been too. And your post up above says you didn't go on anyone's property to snap pics, I bet if you had to swear to a judge your answer would be different. @kpperson, come on with the death threats your another one it's 2013 maybe back in the 50's that crap went on if you were half a man you wouldn't stand with your head between your legs @ liberty, you sound like my 11 year old grand daughter I lived here longer then you, I know you are but what am I give me a break go back in the closet I'm here because I saw the BS petition going around. I am here to support the LETERI's
John K Massaro April 16, 2013 at 03:16 AM
I'm here to support the hard working individuals who depend on these businesses to put food on their families tables & the lights & heat on in their homes. Something these nosy, meddling NIMBYS don't seem to either understand or give to flying farts about...
John K Massaro April 16, 2013 at 03:19 AM
*two. Before you literal Nazis point it out...
Cheryl Kriegel April 16, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Kudos Mary Ann. Waging a war of words with very little , indeed very little minded people such as John Massaro is surely just a waste of your time, efforts and dedication. Putting food on our tables, heating and lighting our homes is important to us all, not just those people John Massaro purports to support. We want all those things and work very hard to provide them too while preferring to be able to breath the air, drink the water, and hear some sounds of silence if that's what we choose. Mary Ann, keep up the good and just fight, not withstanding the small "John's"of the world.
Sick and tired April 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM
@ John Massaro--- Here's an exchange we previousy had on the same topic: John K Massaro 9:58 am on Friday, March 1, 2013 'More people out of work. Great idea..." Sick and tired 4:13 pm on Friday, March 1, 2013 "The work violates the zoning ordinances, which allow for light industry at the site. The restrictions present in the ordinances are in place because to allow heavy industrial use so close to dozens and dozens of homes would be ridiculous. There is nothing to make right; the owner wants to use the land for heavy industry despite the fact that it is zoned for light industry. He bought the land within the last two years knowing how it was zoned--how in the world does it make sense to allow him to use it the way he wants, despite the restrictions sensibly placed on the land, and regardless of the impact upon families living within 250 feet?" John K Massaro 4:37 pm on Friday, March 1, 2013 "Thank you Sick & Tired for that honest & mature explanation. I stand corrected..." I guess it didn't take--now those (same) impacted upon homeowners I mentioned above are described by you as 'NIMBYS'. @at KPdumper You clearly have no financial interest in continuing to dump at the Leteri site, so you obviously are objective in your analysis.
Liberty April 16, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Furthermore, your horrible spelling & poor grammar makes it very hard to understand your posts. Spell check. Look into it...
Liberty April 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Furthermore, your horrible spelling & poor grammar makes it very hard to understand your posts. Spell check. Look into it... This was meant for John--it-s what he says to fellow bloggers
John K Massaro April 16, 2013 at 01:19 PM
LoL. "The small Johns". I most certainly hope that wasn't your best attempt at a crusher...
John K Massaro April 16, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Let me ask you an honest question, Liberty. How old are you? Try to answer honestly, without the immature antics, okay?
KPNY April 16, 2013 at 01:46 PM
@Kpdumper - I like your name...it kinda sums things up dosen't it? and yes, I am treading on thin ice...but so are you. This "conversation" that we have all gotten involved in is a direct result of our Town not enforcing their code regulations and businesses taking advantage of that fact. That's all...pretty simple stuff. No need to google people and take cheap shots...or make your argument sound like it is more valuable than someone elses. I do admire you for standing up for the Leteri's that's commendable ( i'll give you an "a+" for that)...but if you read over your post you'll see that it's pretty nasty ( and for that I'll give you a "D-") For the record...I do believe that Tony Leteri is a good man...but like I said before...he should clean up his messy property. Is that asking too much?
Mary Ann Stephens April 16, 2013 at 02:22 PM
@Kpdumper, congratulations, I see you've learned to Google. Seems you're still having issues with facts, though. If you must know, I was born in '59, not '58. I do often describe my last Wall St.job as being a "geek". "Asset securitization analyst" doesn't mean much to most folks, but everyone understands "geek" and I have nothing to hide or miscontrue. It was interesting work, at times, and it paid better than what I do now; but, the hours were terrible for family life. Some things are far more important than money to me, so I started my own little business, so I could be home with my children. Yes, I do have a knit business; thanks for the free press! Now, do you finally know enough about me that you can stop this inappropriate stalking? Since you feel the need to share all sorts of wildly irrelevant details about the lives of people posting here, why don't you start with yourself? Or did your mother name you "Kpdumper"? Yes, I absolutely would swear to a judge that I did not trespass on KPE, Jezco or Leteri land to take those photos. I did back up a few feet onto Town land across the street for a few of the shots, but I never stepped foot onto or beyond the curb by the businesses. I really have no interest in turning you in...or who you are, for that matter. But the photos of your difficulties in navigating a turn and blocking the road in the process really do speak volumes.
Mary Ann Stephens April 16, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Unless you've skipped over several earlier points, or are having reading comprehension problems, it should be clear to you that I'm strongly in favor of recycling. I'm not the one who states what businesses should do to operate within the law - that's stated in the Town code. Those Town laws are written for everyone's protection. If Mr. Leteri can bring his business into compliance with those laws, I will happily become his loudest cheerleader.
Da Dogg April 16, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Hey John K Massaro, why don't you start looking for a job rather than arguing all day long on the Patch forums.... You know get out of Ma's basement for a change and do something with your life.
John K Massaro April 16, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Liberty April 16, 2013 at 04:04 PM
With utmost respect, John your ignorance deserves the utmost pity.
Kpdumper April 16, 2013 at 08:59 PM
@sick n tired, @ kpny, @ liberty, and of course the photo geek Mary Ann, why don't all of you go down and talk to mr. LETERI yourselves. You all seem to hide behind the computer and keep pushing the pen on the paper. Show your faces step up to the plate. I was there about an hour ago talking to them asking questions and so fourth. Go down there or call them up on the phone don't be shy or are you just a bunch cowards looking for the easy way out like bad mouthing them on the Internet. You guys don't know the law or town code. You keep spreading rumors that they are operating illegally. I can't put up a damn shed without it being 10 feet from my wonderful neighbors fence and you think the recycling facility is illegal you people really need to get your head outta your butts think about what you all are saying those fine people had LICENSES AND PERMITS TO DUE EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING from the town and the state. does that spell it out look them up ck out their website if you still can't get it thru your thick heads call them they would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have
Mark Carter April 16, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Bottom line is the place is a toxic dump ! literally These animals have no consideration for the people that live here, and the children that play outdoors All of the people who support Leteri and Jezco obviously don't live here. Leteri is way outside the scope of his zoning, I'm tired of him saying he is for Kings Park. If he wants to take that line, then play by the rules !!!! we have to JEZCO is our local "Love Canal" It is absolutely reprehensible BOTTOM LINE.... PLAY BY THE RULES !!! and JEZCO why don't you accept the toxic fill at your own house !!! That's all we are asking, that's not being NIMBY
Aidan April 16, 2013 at 09:10 PM
The purpose of the trucking restriction is for commercial trucks over 2 1/2 tons that want to access Route 25. The truck restriction does not apply yo non-commercial vehicles or trucks accessing Lawrence Rd.
Aidan April 16, 2013 at 09:13 PM
If the code is not enforced for many years, then it becomes a defacto heavy industry zone irregardless of the actual zone. Town codes are usually enforced reactively to a complaint, not proactively as you assume.
John K Massaro April 16, 2013 at 09:14 PM
You never answered my question, Liberty. Then again, I didn't expect you to. I asked for a mature & honest response, something we all know you are totally incapable of producing...
Mark Carter April 16, 2013 at 09:16 PM
KPDUMPER , That fits perfectly.. Why don't you educate yourself? Take a walk over to JEZCO and ask him for a soil sample. Hell ask him for a soil sample 48' deep, yes 48' (the ' is feet if you didn't know that) Maybe you would change your tune. It's a horrific Good neighbors, my A++ Don't know who Mary Ann is but keep up the good work
Kpdumper April 16, 2013 at 09:19 PM
@mack carter yeah ok toxic dump what's toxic, another born loser too shamed to go down there in person. I see them almost every day, I get rid of my junk the right way, I know it's being recycled. There is no toxic or hazardous waste there they don't even take mulch. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR THIS COMMUNITY, crawl back into the hole you came out of
John K Massaro April 16, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Pay no attention to Mark, friend. He's an obvious NIMBY. So quick to point fingers, jump to accusations & condemn without having his facts straight. I'd lay money on it that he doesn't even have 20 years in this town. Otherwise, I'd bet he'd be much more understanding of the situation, as are the lifelong residents of the area...
Liberty April 16, 2013 at 11:37 PM
With utmost respect, John your ignorance deserves the utmost pity.
John K Massaro April 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM
You got it all wrong, kid. I understand you're a child. If you want to emulate an adult, get it right. I'd never give you the utmost respect...
Liberty April 17, 2013 at 12:24 AM
With all due respect, John. Your ignorance deserves the utmost pity I think this is better!
UB April 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM
what has any of those property owners contributed. Causing issues to other people just to feed your own is wrong, you might as well be a criminal. Its the same thing. KPE was shutdown long before I moved here, Letteri was a small operation before engaging now on residential property, and JEZCO dont get me started about all the Illegal dumping and environmental pollution he has created.


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