Rhinebeck man charged with harassing Saugerties business owners

Following a two-month investigation, Saugerties police arrested a Rhinebeck man for allegedly sending threatening letters and emails to Saugerties business owners who had not bought his products.

, 56, of Rhinecliff Road, was charged with aggravated harassment on Feb. 13 after an investigation into the correspondence, which police said took place between September and December last year.

Saugerties Police Chief Joseph A. Sinagra described the letters and emails, sent to two village of Saugerties business owners, as being “nasty” and “vulgar.”

allegedly harassed the business owners because they were reluctant to purchase goods related to their industries, police said. “He was upset that no one would buy his product,” Sinagra told The Observer.

Sinagra declined to name the type of business involved, citing the village’s small town atmosphere and the need to keep victims anonymous.

was arraigned in Saugerties Village Court and released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was issued to prevent from any further communication with the businesses or their owners.

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