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Clarkstown Town Worker Charged In Burglary Resigns

Daniel Lettre and another worker connected by police to incident at West Nyack home while they were on duty for Clarkstown.

Daniel Lettre of New City, one of two Clarkstown town workers connected to the burglary of an unoccpied home in West Nyack, has resigned from this town job.

His resignation is scheduled to be officially approved at tonight's Clarkstown Town Board meeting at Town Hall in New City. His full-time post pays about $60,000.

Lettre, 33, and Douglas DeMarsico, 34, of New City, were both arrested in March in connection with an incident at a 85 Van Houten Fields home. They both work on a crew that cleans up cul-de-sacs and other problem areas throughout the town.

Daniel Lettre is the son of Clarkstown public works administrator Edward Lettre, whose department also oversees the clean up crews on which Daniel Lettre and DeMarsico work.

Daniel Lettre is charged with third-degree burglary and petty larceny, with DeMarsico charged with petty larceny. DeMarsico and Daniel Lettre were both  suspended from their town jobs without pay pending the results of the ongoing investigation.

Police said the burglary included the theft of building materials that were removed from walls in the Van Houten Fields house.

With his resignation, Daniel Lettre does not have to face a Town of Clarkstown administrative hearing.

slats April 05, 2011 at 08:31 PM
gee, maybe dad should not have hired sonny....karma!
Mike Hirsch April 05, 2011 at 08:44 PM
I wish dad would resign also, just like his cohort Mary Loeffler did after she got caught collecting her salary while living in Florida. Ed's on the "honor" system and Alex is his direct supervisor. How's that for an oxymoron?
Liz April 05, 2011 at 08:52 PM
She got paid by the hour, how can she collect a salary?
Chauncy Tillinghast April 05, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Gromack is worried about his election this time around........and he should be. It is disgraceful that he gave the senior Lettre a new sweetheart contract which eliminated all premiums for his medical payments. You heard that right! He pays ZERO in medical insurance premiums thanks to Alex Gromack. I am not sure Eddie Lettre even has NYS as his official home address since he owns property in Florida, as does his buddy Mary Loeffler, both Conservative Party officials. There is no State Tax in Florida and Lettre sold his home for over $820,000, pretty good on a public servants, he is in charge of construction, salary. But then again, his wife is also on the County payroll. The Lettres were good for over $325,000/annually in taxpayers money.
Arthur Winoker April 05, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Let's get rid of nepotism where ever it exists-for too long it has become part of the landscape at all levels of government and within our school systems. The model seems to be go old American know who and not what you know. With the surplusage of qualifed people in the work force there is no need to hire or retain friends and relatives as employees unless they are civil service protected.
Chauncy Tillinghast April 05, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Easy to suggest but implementation is impossible, yes impossible, under guys like Gromack and Vanderhoef. And when you have heads of the Conservative and Independence Parties with plum positions and "Bring home the bacon" Vinny Reda, head of the Republican Party accused of stealing, the ethics of the entire population of career politicians is questionable. The only way out is implementation of term limits. We simply have to get rid of this current crop of ethically challenged office holders and their appointed cronies.
Topgun Nanuet April 05, 2011 at 10:07 PM
What I like is that Lettre kid stayed in jail to get the free Public defender. Now, what regular citizen know that. 10% of the bail compared with 0% cost for a lawyer. What B---s.
MARK April 05, 2011 at 10:14 PM
WHAT A JOKE!! YA HAVE TO LAUGH. REMEMBER THE DOCUMENTARY ON THE MALL? THERE WAS A LOT OF MISSING INFORMATION IN IT. LETTRE WAS PART OF IT. HE REALLY SHOULD STEP DOWN OR FORCED OUT.
Arthur Winoker April 05, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Yes-term limits will help to get rid of carrer politicians who ofter appoint on the basis of good old Amercican know who not know how.But state civil service reform is also needed to get rid of tenure without performance. Unfortunately our school systems are hampered by the same seniority rules that Mayor Blumberg is battling right now.
My Question to Cowmuck...IF A COMPANY HAD EMPLOYEES THAT SAY HAD THEIR BLINDERS ON..SAY AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER FALLING ASLEEP IN THE TOWER...WHY HAVENT ANY "LEADERS IN CLOWNTOWN"ASKED FOR A REVIEW OF ALL THE COPS WHO "SHOULD" HAVE BEEN LOOKING OUT FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE CIRCUS TOWN??THERE WHERE 6 SHIFTS OF COPS OVER 2 DAYS??? WAIT i GET IT...THE CAR WAS FROM "JERSEY!!!!!!!!THATS THEIR REASONING!!!!! SECOND WE SHOULD RENT OUT THE MAPLE AVE BUILDING AND ERECT A "BIG TOP" LESS HEATING LESS ELECTRICITY...AS MANY OF THE EMPLOYEES HIDE IN FLORIDA NO ISSUES...THEN CLOWNVILLE WILL BE MORE ENERGY EFFICENT!!!!!
Chauncy Tillinghast April 05, 2011 at 11:48 PM
I agree Arthur but we have to start locally.
Smitty Chesterfield April 06, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Typing in ALL CAPS is very rude and tough to read. Sheesh! We understand that you are unhappy by your screen name. No need to shout at us. Do you walk around the streets yelling at everyone? I offer a typing etiquette course that I believe would help.
Tired OF HIGH TAXES April 06, 2011 at 12:26 PM
WELL maybe someone should start an investigation and if he has Florida as an address thats TAX FRAUD! Yes a federal offense! Punishable by JAIL! Plus you must be a NYS resident to Hold a Civil service Job! Another reason to get rid of him and his wife if they have a Florida Address!
Tired OF HIGH TAXES April 06, 2011 at 12:28 PM
Civil Service!!! The biggest Joke of the Century! They can care less as long as those Union Dues keep rolling in!
Scott Walters April 06, 2011 at 01:26 PM
The status quo is not working at any government level at this time. For anyone differently is a bold faced liar (Eliot Engel comes to mind...LOL). We have to have a seismic shift in our thinking, or else we'll be in a very bad place indeed.
when you start to try to understand " what is going on in this mis-managed area..IE.this kid worked under his father yet they all started pointing fingers at everyone else...BOTTON line is the old man had this department under his jurisdiction..ANYONE THINK DIFFERENTLY??150,000 A YEAR PLUS FREE MEDICAL AND LOOK WHAT WE ARE GETTING...
Arthur Winoker April 06, 2011 at 01:54 PM
One of the other problems is that the Journal News does little, if any, investigative reporting. If it did it,, the glare of publicity would force many politicians to take action rather than cover up corrupt situations so their reelection efforts would not suffer. Either the Journal News does not have the resources to do so or the will to pursue this type of reporting.
Scott Walters April 06, 2011 at 01:59 PM
The J-N chooses not to do investigative journalism. That is a simple fact. They would have investigated SIMON and their complete neglect of the Nanuet Mall, esp. given the fact they own high end mall properties throughout the NYC metro area. I am in contact with a key editor there and she tells me that they are constantly changing with working paradigm there. Gannett is trying to come in on the on-line bandwagon, yet the only thing I ever use the paper for is obits and puzzles...that might be changing, too if the Patch were sent obit notices from the Funeral Homes...and my wife is getting free i Pad apps with puzzles. Come on Kim, get in touch with those funeral homes. You can do it!
Chauncy Tillinghast April 06, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Sounds like was a setup arranged Eddie, who does not pay for anything , car, cell phone, medical premiums Town credit card and now Legal Representation for his son, All courtesy of Alex Gromack! Without Gromack and Amy Mele, Eddie would have no power at all.
Chauncy Tillinghast April 06, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Stevie Lieberman is the crime reporter for the Journal News, the biggest liberal on the paper. What do you expect? He LOVES big and small government. His hero is Rachel Maddow, the slime from MSNBC. Read that on his profile.
Tired OF HIGH TAXES April 06, 2011 at 05:29 PM
The Journal News is a politically motivated news paper and will not report anything in regards to corruption! They have the resources but favor political people and protect them!
WILLY LOPEZ April 08, 2011 at 12:50 PM
CHAUNCY....B-B-BILLUPS......
E. Fee April 11, 2011 at 01:58 AM
This kid was carried on the Town payroll for years, check how many loa's he has had because he has a drug problem. He will not spend any time in jail.

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