Coliseum workers to file asbestos exposure suits

HEMPSTEAD - More than 200 Nassau Coliseum employees are expected to file suit against Nassau County, claiming they were exposed to asbestos while working inside the aging facility. Workers say they received a notice saying more than 35,000 square-feet of the building requires asbestos repairs. However, they say no one has ever confirmed to them that the substance was an actual issue. John Champoli, an attorney representing the county, says there is asbestos in the Coliseum and the county is preparing for lawsuits. A spokesman for SMG Management, the company that runs the building, says the abatement project should be completed in two months and that all repairs will take place in non-public areas. The company also says that all work will be performed according to federal guidelines, and that repeated air tests have indicated the Coliseum is safe. Meanwhile, some employees are seeking medical testing for life and worker's compensation for any asbestos-related conditions.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The crash occurred at the corner of College 1 Motorcycle, SUV collide in Selden
The blaze broke out at the Davidson Avenue 2 Firefighter injured while battling house fire in Lynbrook
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to 3 AG Sessions to MS-13 on LI: We are coming for you
Sen. Phil Boyle is pushing to make it 4 Sen. Boyle pushes to ban posting violent acts on social media
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was met 5 Protesters gather as AG Sessions speaks on LI gang violence

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE