02/20/15 2:03pm
02/20/2015 2:03 PM

A 62-year-old Cutchogue man was arrested Wednesday for reportedly selling alcoholic beverages to an underage undercover state police operative during a sting conducted by members of the New York State Police Barracks in Riverside.

According to police, Louis Genovese, a clerk at the Mattituck shop At Your Service Beverage, was charged with unlawful dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage. He was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Southold Town Justice Court at a later date.

The following 11 establishments were also checked and found to be in compliance, police said.



Vintage Wines

La Tienda

The Handy Pantry

Shields Find Wines & Spirits

BP Gas Mart


Valero Food Mart


Peconic Liquors

Citgo Gas Mart


Empire Gas Royal Mini Mart

10/30/13 11:13am
10/30/2013 11:13 AM
TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The state police barracks in Riverside.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The state police barracks in Riverside.

Three store clerks in Greenport Village were arrested in a state police underage alcohol sting Tuesday after they allegedly sold beer to an undercover agent.

According to the police statement, Mr. Roberts convenience store clerk Thomas Martoscia, 24, of Hampton Bays, sold a 12-pack of Bud Light to the underage state police agent.

Aida Diaz-Villatoro, 27, of Greenport, at Layyah Market on Front Street sold a 12-pack of Coors Light to the agent during the same sting, police said.

Marina Castillo, 28, of Greenport, at TSM Grocery also allegedly sold a 6-pack of Bud Light, according to the statement.

Seven other Greenport businesses were targeted in the sting, but didn’t sell alcohol to minors: Patriot Gas, 7-Eleven, Claudios Wines & Liquors, Greenport Wines & Spirits, Zeynaz Village Grocer, Chasmur Supermarkets, and JB Liquor Store.

The arrested employees — none of whom had been arrested before for selling alcohol to minors — were charged with unlawfully dealing with a child and prohibited sale of alcohol, police said. They were given tickets with a future date in Southold Town court, police said.

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10/08/13 11:16am
10/08/2013 11:16 AM

CYNDI MURRAY FILE PHOTO | Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley thinks a state troop should patrol Fishers Island year-round.

Southold Town wants a state trooper to patrol Fishers Island year-round.

Citing safety concerns, Supervisor Scott Russell and Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley told Town Board members Tuesday that they have requested that state police station an armed officer on Fishers Island throughout the year.

Currently, two state police officers patrol Fishers Island from April to October along with three unarmed bay constables. In the winter months, policing falls solely on the bay constables and while they have received much of the same training as a police officer they do not carry guns, Mr. Flatley said.

The Fishers Island School District has also voiced safety concerns in the winter months, Mr. Flatley said. Without a true police presence, the chief said residents are not receiving adequate protection and emergency response time could suffer.

“There is a gap,” he said. “With shooting incidents across the country, the question arose about response time, if there was an active shooter.”

The officer would cost the town an estimated $20,000 annually. The board supported the idea.

“It is more than reasonable,” Mr. Russell said.

Councilman Chris Talbot agreed.

“I support this 100 percent,” he said.

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06/03/13 10:03am
06/03/2013 10:03 AM
Great job Riverhead police

PAUL SQUIRE FILE PHOTO | State troopers at a crime scene in Riverhead last month.

Online registration forms are now available for an upcoming state police officer examination, a job in which troopers are paid more than $70,000 after one year, officials announced Monday.

Exams are scheduled for Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 and are being offered at several locations in New York State.

“The strength of the New York State Police comes from our diversity, said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico. “ We are actively seeking qualified, committed and motivated candidates from all walks of life to take the trooper exam this fall.”

“To this end, I have dispatched recruiters from across the state to find those individuals.”

Starting annual salary for state troopers is $50,374 during academy training with a bump to $66,905 upon graduation.

Troopers earn $71, 261 annually after the first year on the job, with location compensation bumps for downstate officers, including those in Nassau and Suffolk counties, officials said.

Those interested in becoming a Trooper can apply on-line at www.NYTROOPER.com.

Examination results will establish an eligibility list that may remain in effect for a maximum of four years, officials said.

Read below for eligibility requirements and more information from New York State police officials.

Troopers Exam

03/01/13 6:48pm
03/01/2013 6:48 PM
VERA CHINESE FILE PHOTO | The Valero gas station on Main Road in Cutchogue.

VERA CHINESE FILE PHOTO | The Valero gas station on Main Road in Cutchogue.

State police troopers arrested one clerk during an undercover sting operation Thursday to test whether store employees would sell alcohol to a minor in Southold Town, authorities said.

But 12 other stores passed the test, state police said.

Mohammad Ayub, 51, of Flanders was the one person nabbed in the sting, police said.

Mr. Ayub, a clerk at Valero Food Mart on Main Road in Cutchogue, was charged with unlawful dealing with a child, a misdemeanor, and a state alcohol sales violation, police said.

No other details were available.