Yonkers, NY, March 18, 2011 — The Yonkers Tribune reported on January 25, 2011, of the firing of Department of Public Welfare (DPW) worker Edward Maier on allegations of selling salt purchased for exclusive DPW use. (Reference: Investigative News Breaking report: Edward Maier Fired for Embezzling Salt Sale Proceeds By Hezi Aris)Mr Maier worked out of the Lake Avenue DPW warehouse supervised by D.J. Ramondelli. Mr Maier was alleged to have sold truck loads of salt stored at Murrray’s Skating Rink to CIPS FENCE CO. INC., doing business as King Fence, among other buyers who possessed no legitimate source of purchase. Mr Maier’s conduct had taken place over approximately five years duration.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Edward Maier (DOB 11/20/60) of 66 Putnam Road, Cortlandt Manor, New York was arraigned today on a two count Misdemeanor Information charging him with:
• one count of Official Misconduct, a class “A” Misdemeanor,
• one count of Petty Larceny, a class “A” Misdemeanor.
The defendant, an employee of the City of Yonkers Department of Public Works, at approximately 11:45 pm on January 17, 2011, in front of 324 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers, New York and outside the normal hours of his employment, used a DPW issued key to unlock the gate to the DPW salt dome located at that address.
After entering the gated enclosure where the salt dome was located, stole salt belonging to the City of Yonkers by filling a privately owned salt spreader truck, operated by a third party, with in excess of one ton of sodium chloride – road salt.
The defendant exited the gated enclosure at which point he and the third party were stopped shortly thereafter by the Yonkers Police.
The defendant did not have the permission or authorization of the Yonkers Department of Public Works to engage in any of the aforementioned conduct.
Maier’s next court appearance will be on May 18th, 2011.
The defendant faces a maximum of one year in the County Jail on each of the counts.
Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, will prosecute the case.
In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code ofProfessional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge ismerely an accusation and that a defendant is presumedinnocent until and unless proven guilty.