Hrazanek facing 11 charges for environmental violations
By Joe Moskowitz
The embattled owner of a local auto-salvage business now has a legal fight on his hands. William Hrazanek, 68, of Fleischmanns is facing criminal charges, which could result in jail time and fines.
Hrazanek was arraigned in Town of Middletown Justice Court last week on a total of 11 charges, eight of which are misdemeanors.
Lisa King of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that Hrazanek is facing three Class A misdemeanor charges for endangering public safety and the environment. If convicted he could face up to one year in jail and or a fine of as much as $37,500. He has also been charged with one Class B misdemeanor, unauthorized disposal of more than 10 cubic yards of solid waste. If convicted, that charge could result in a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $37,500.
He was also charged with three unclassified misdemeanors for improper storage or handing of hazardous wastes, charges that carry jail time and fines. He faces a lesser charge of failing to report a petroleum spill. That charge carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and or a fine of up to $3,700.
He has also been charged with three counts of storing more than 1,000 tires. Each count is punishable by up to 15 days in jail and or fines of $1,500 to $15,000.
The charges result from three simultaneous raids conducted last spring by the DEC on properties owned by Hrazanek at VW Parts, Inc on Wagner Avenue, and the former Bailey Manufacturing plant on Depot Street, both in Fleischmanns, and the former Maxim Auto Repair shop on Route 28 east of Arkville.
King said another Hrazanek property, on Wittenberg Road in Mt. Tremper, remains under investigation.
Hrazanek pled not guilty to all the charges. He was released on his on recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court again in late March.