Former Norwich DPW Head Faces 21 Charges Following Investigation By DEC

By: Tyler Murphy

NORWICH – Former Norwich Assistant Superintendent of Public Works, George Carnrike Jr., has been charged with several offenses for illegally dumping waste and chemicals while working for the City of Norwich and falsifying paperwork to cover it up.

Carnrike was head of the public works while the city operated without a superintendent. He was placed on leave and then resigned in Sept. 2018.

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He was previously charged by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for illegally disposing waste in June 2018, but officials said the case was not a factor in his dismissal.

The charges are alleged to have occurred while he was working for the city.

Carnrike is scheduled to appear in Norwich City Court at 2 p.m. today. He is charged with three misdemeanors and 18 violations involving the dumping of acidic liquid into drains near Kurt Beyer Pool, also in violation of city ordinances; the improper disposal of waste; directing other employees to carry out these tasks; and falsifying paperwork.

He is charged with making a punishable false written statement, 2nd degree unlawful dealing with hazardous wastes and 2nd degree offering a false instrument for filing, all misdemeanors.

He is also charged with three counts of unlawful delivery of regulated waste except at authorized facility, three counts of failure to properly contain regulated waste during transport so as to prevent discharge to environment, three counts of operating a facility in violation of regulations, three counts of allowing management control of waste on land under their control in violation of regulation, three counts of unlawful transport of regulated waste without a permit and three counts of unlawful disposal of waste except at authorized facility.

Read more in tomorrow's Evening Sun.


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