|Anthony Di Marco points to a van filled with bags of asbestos that were taken shortly after he and Michael Donnelly discovered them dumped outside.|
While investigating a wage and hour dispute in Elmhurst last week, New York City District Council of Carpenters Representative Michael Donnelly found a little more than he had bargained for.
On Jan. 8, Donnelly said he found two 30-yard dumpsters containing plastic bags marked “DANGER ASBESTOS” outside of 74-16 Grand Ave – the site of his investigation with Cobex Inc., a general construction company.
“I was there with my colleague Anthony Di Marco investigating a wage and hour case at Corbex Inc., and as we were exiting the building, we saw the containers in front of the door,” he said. “They were right there in plain sight, improperly sealed.”
According to Donnelly, as he and his colleague began looking at the bags, two men pulled a white truck with a New York registration of 81891-JW into the area and began loading the containers in, attempting to flee.
“We started taking pictures when this happened,” Donnelly said. “It appeared as though they were trying to cover up the dumping.”