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At one time, the 36 acre property located at 275 Van Wagner Road was the final resting place for around 90% of the industrial and commercial waste generated by the city and town of Poughkeepsie.  The history of the site is marked by repeated violations of health and environmental codes.

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On the left, mobster “Matty the Horse” was affiliated with the  FICA landfill.  On the right, operations at the landfill cease when the Health Department steps in.
By mid-July of 1977, a temporary injunction against further dumping at the Van Wagner Road property was finally granted.  A few weeks later it was discovered that portions of […]

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Arlington firefighters pour water on a fire that broke out at the FICA landfill.  Firefighters had to unearth about 15-feet of garbage to get at smoldering embers, and an estimated 4.5 million gallons of water washed refuse into the Casperkill.
It was not until April 1980—three years after the Van Wagner Road landfill began operating—that the […]

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The FICA landfill today.
On October 5, 1987 New York State filed a Federal lawsuit to force the clean-up of the FICA landfill.  ”Our suit,” State Attorney General Robert Abrams said, ”alleges that waste generated by industry and dumped at the site over the years is responsible for serious contamination…the dump’s current and past owners and […]

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