Tuesday, January 8, 2013
By Mid-Hudson News Network
ALBANY, N.Y. — Nine public entities in the Hudson Valley will receive a total of almost $43,000 from Stericycle Inc., a medical waste disposal company that improperly overcharged them, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Schneiderman said on Tuesday that, starting in 2003, the company implemented a plan to charge automated price increases without giving any notice to its customers and in violation of contract terms.
The local entities that were overcharged and will receive refunds are:
• Ulster Correctional Facility, Napanoch, $12,816
• New Paltz Rescue, $2,225.
• Greenport Rescue Squad, Greenport, $5,494.
• Taconic Hills Central School, Craryville, $4,482.
• Greenhaven Correctional Facility, Stormville, $8,679.
• Harrison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, $1,739
• Otisville Correctional Facility, $1,585
• Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, $1,395
• Taconic Correctional Facility, Bedford Hills, $4,202.
“Stericycle improperly profited by overcharging New York taxpayers,” Schneiderman said in a prepared statement. “In these times of harsh budget cuts to education, public health and public safety, local governments and agencies need every available dollar, and we will hold accountable corporations like Stericycle that use cynical schemes to rip off New York taxpayers.”