Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor
Date: April 06, 2010
Maintenance Man’s Registration Revoked After His Failure to Submit to a Drug Test
By Commission Order dated April 6, 2010, the registration of Joseph Ritornaro, a maintenance man
working at Port Newark Maintenance and Repair, was revoked after his failure to appear for a chain of custody drug
and alcohol test.
The action was the result of an investigation conducted by the Commission into illegal drug use at Port
Newark Maintenance & Repair. As part of the investigation, Ritornaro appeared at the offices of the Commission
for an interview and was instructed to report for a drug and alcohol test. During the interview, Ritonaro was warned
numerous times that if he failed to appear for the drug test that it would serve as an indication that, if such a test was
administered, the result would have been positive. Despite these warnings, Ritornaro failed to appear for the drug
Ritonaro was charged with violations of the Waterfront Commission Act, including, inter alia, failure to
produce material evidence in connection with an investigation being conducted by the Commission. At the hearing,
Ritornaro failed to offer a reasonable excuse for his failure to appear for the drug test to the Administrative Law
Judge and as a result, Ritornaro’s registration was revoked.
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