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August 25, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Vaughn L. McKoy, Director


John R. Hagerty


Attorney General’s Urban Environmental Initiative Charges Jersey City Municipal Employee with Illegally Dumping Construction Debris
Urban Environmental Initiative Targets Illegal Dumping in Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities

TRENTON - New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey announced that the Attorney General’s Urban Environmental Initiative continues to successfully investigate and prosecute urban environmental crime with the indictment of a Jersey City Incinerator Authority (JCIA) employee on charges of illegally dumping construction and demolition debris on a city-owned lot near Liberty State Park.

Attorney General Harvey noted that the Division of Criminal Justice - Environmental Crimes Bureau, through the Urban Environmental Initiative, continues to target the problem of illegal dumping of solid waste, contaminated soils, and the abandonment of trailers containing construction and demolition debris in urban areas, vacant lots, and at abandoned industrial sites throughout the state.

“As our cities rebuild themselves, there are some who will try to take shortcuts and improperly dispose of construction and demolition debris from construction sites or contaminated soil from Brownfield sites. Through close relationships we have developed with county and local officials, as well as with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), we are targeting and aggressively prosecuting those who defile our cities and suburban and rural areas,” said Attorney General Harvey.

Vaughn L. McKoy, Director, Division of Criminal Justice, said the Environmental Crimes Bureau obtained a State Grand Jury indictment charging Cordell Nesbitt, 37, Greenville Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, with illegal disposal of solid waste and the unlawful collection of solid waste. Nesbitt faces more than five years in state prison and a fine of up to $25,000 upon conviction of both charges.

The indictment charged that from Nov. 1, 2004 through June 1, 2005, Nesbitt, a former employee with the Jersey City Incinerator Authority (JCIA), illegally collected construction and demolition debris from several residential construction sites in Jersey City and illegally dumped the debris on a city-owned lot located at 824 Garfield Avenue in Jersey City. The investigation determined that the debris, which included construction material and refuse, was collected by Nesbitt from residential construction sites located at 170 Boyd Street and 24 Clendenny Avenue in Jersey City. It is alleged that Nesbitt was paid between $475.00 and $600.00 to collect and dispose of the debris. As part of the investigation, Nesbitt was arrested by the Jersey City Police Department on June 1, after officers observed Nesbitt and another person transporting construction debris without obtaining necessary permits from the DEP. The State Grand Jury indictment was handed-up to Mercer County Superior Court Judge Maria Marinari Sypek on Aug. 23. A complaint summons will order Nesbitt to appear in Hudson County Superior Court for arraignment and bail. Nesbitt has been suspended without pay from his municipal employment.

The investigation was coordinated by Deputy Attorney General Betty Rodriquez and State Investigator Jeffrey Hill assigned to the Division of Criminal Justice - Environmental Crimes Bureau. The Jersey City Incinerator Authority and the Jersey City Police Department provided valuable assistance in the investigation.

The Urban Environmental Initiative represents a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Compliance and Enforcement Bureau, the Division of Criminal Justice - Environmental Crimes Bureau, and county and municipal law enforcement agencies. The initiative is geared to response, investigation, and prosecution of environmental crimes in urban, suburban, and rural communities and industrial areas. The initiative targets criminal activity such as the illegal dumping of construction debris and other solid waste, illegal discharges of pollutants into waterways and the air, and other activities which negatively impact the quality of life for residents in urban neighborhoods and communities.

Attorney General Harvey said that the key to a successful enforcement initiative against illegal dumpers must include the “eyes and ears” of neighborhood residents and community watch groups reporting suspicious activities. The DEP maintains a 24-Hour Environmental Hot Line -- 609- 292-7172 -- to receive reports of environmental crimes. Information regarding environmental enforcement activities can be obtained by logging on to the Division of Criminal Justice Web site at or the Department of Environmental Protection Web site at


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