BUFFALO, NY - A federal grand jury has indicted two companies and nine people, including past and present city and state inspection officials, in connection with an asbestos removal project at the vacant Kensington Towers housing project.
Three of the nine were serving as government inspectors at the time of the alleged crimes.
2 On Your Side's Dave McKinley says two officials with the City of Buffalo's Inspection Department are accused of falsely signing off that asbestos had been properly removed when, in fact, it had not been. One has since retired, but the other is still employed by the city. Another of those accused was an inspector with the new York State Department of Labor's Asbestos Control Bureau.
"I always want city employees to do the right thing," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told WGRZ-TV. "If they aren't they should suffer the consequences. But I just don't know enough about this incident to comment further," Mayor Brown said.