- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - A town highway superintendent on Long Island is facing criminal charges for allegedly falsifying documents involving a paving project.

Smithtown Highway Superintendent Glenn Jorgensen pleaded not guilty Wednesday and was released without bail. Felony charges against him include tampering with public records and grand larceny. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.

Suffolk County prosecutors say the 63-year-old destroyed Smithtown highway road condition reports. They say reports had false information about temperature and road conditions that were too cold to allow paving.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1DpQDAh ) says paving road surfaces when it’s too cold violates state Department of Transportation specifications. The state standard is 45 degrees.

Attorney Anthony La Pinta says his client is a 40-year town employee and that he would investigate the charges thoroughly.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com


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