Garbage Industry

Cleaning Up the Garbage Industry

After the U.S. Attorney indicted garbage industry leaders, then-County Legislator Tom Abinanti led a Task Force investigating how organized crime stifles competition and artificially raises Westchester garbage rates.

The Task Force held hearings which highlighted organized crime’s control of the County’s carting industry and the “mob tax” that we’ve all been paying. Some chilling testimony was heard–including an FBI agent recounting how the current County trash/ recycling contract was originally secured by a bribe several years ago.

Tom Abinanti’s Task Force issued its Report and proposed reform. The Westchester Legislature unanimously passed the Task Force’s proposed legislation to clean up Westchester’s garbage industry, stimulate competition and bring costs down.