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Disgusting Behavior in “Crap-Gate”



Dye Map - Courtesy of Brooklyn DA

Investigators used green dye to trace discharges and found that fecal matter and toilet paper from the movie theater’s septic system showed up in the creek as recently as this year.

These are the four individuals :


Craig Novoa (top left), David Matalon (top right), Simon Shin (bottom right) and Alex Spivak were hit with felony environmental crime charges.

Hynes said the four men and their companies, shared a sewage pipe that they were responsible for maintaining. “Their private sewer system regularly broke down, flooded the parking lot, created noxious odors and regularly deposited large quantities of raw sewage directly into the waters of Shell Bank Creek,” said Hynes.

The alleged polluters were warned repeatedly since  2003 that the pipes were leaking. Regal Cinemas repaired the pipe in 2009 and water quality improved substantially. TGI Fridays and the bagel shop are accused of dumping untreated waste grease and oil into the creek. Deauville Marina is also accused of dumping raw sewage from a outhouse into the creek.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of four years and fines up to $75,000 for each day the pollution was discharged.

Regal Cinemas lawyer Austin Campriello told City Room “Regal categorically denies any guilt,” “Regal spent close to $2 million to fix that leaky sewer line, and we believe it’s fixed.

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19 comments to Disgusting Behavior in “Crap-Gate”

  • whatever

    With the way the city likes giving out tickets, I’m suprised the city isn’t sitting outside each bathroom waiting for customers to come out and then hand them each a ticket.

  • anony

    hmmm see…i think i gave you a little inside scoop about that 2mill before you even posted this article in the other article

    How about you guys just wait it out and see the facts come out before you start hanging people.

  • beach bum

    i don’t get it, can we find out where these owners live and if so we should all go take a crap on their lawns or back yards, because after all the creek is our backyard. its funny, if they find roaches,bugs, rodent hair or crap they will close a place very fast. but you dump tons of human waste, grease and whatever else comes from those places into our backyard. THATS NOT OK so shut them down until it is totally repaired and approved. P.S. where is the mayor on this problem.

  • anonymous

    Maybe there can be a class action suit where those with waterfront property impacted by this can sue them for all they are worth. I assume any money the city / state / feds receive from fines will go into the collective pot not to help mitigate the damage that was caused.

  • Ridiculous

    this has been an on going problem for the past several years. Golden was aware. Why didn’t the GBPOA who manages Kiddie Beach vigorously pursue this. I thought it was all cleaned up.

    • Anonymous

      I thought it had all been cleaned up also, why if it hadn’t wasn’t everyone from the beach informed. More importantly why weren’t each and every beach goer properly notified by Kiddie Beach

  • dvsness

    Disgusting. I urge everyone to boycott these businesses.

  • ew

    i will never go to tgif or bagel shop ever again

  • ew

    i will never go to tgif or the bagel shop ever again

  • Jerry Butler

    The top two Guys look like they are from the Sapranos and the bottom right guy is right out of the China Town Mob.What characters.

  • Guido

    I know these guys,my Gombas.

  • Giabombo

    My Cousin Vinny.

  • Guido

    These guys are Good fellas.!

  • Anonymous

    Did any of them go to jail?