2008_09_brchan.jpgEarlier this week, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that a Queens marina owner was convicted of dumping untreated sewage into Broad Channel in Jamaica Bay. Cuomo said, "John Schmitt’s actions have been truly disgusting. Dumping raw sewage into a public waterway is not just bad for the environment; it is a clear abuse of the people who use the bay for swimming, fishing, and boating." However, Schmitt's lawyer says his client will appeal, "This is a case over a toilet and a sink. There are people in Broad Channel today who still don't have sewer lines." Schmitt has been previously accused of taking 600,000 square feet of land for additional boats and dumping fuel, concrete, and other toxins into the marshland.