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April 10, 2012

Long Island’s asbestos may send hockey to Barclays Center

The Brooklyn Paper
by Daniel Bush

Will the Islanders-to-Brooklyn nonsense never cease?

Nassau Coliseum’s asbestos problem could be the Barclays Center’s biggest coup.

A state investigation into claims that the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum — where the New York Islanders’ hockey team plays its home games — is filled with the cancer-causing fiber could bring the team to the $1-billion, asbestos-free Prospect Heights arena if the lethal substance isn’t removed by the start of next season.

The state Department of Labor launched a probe of the Long Island sports complex on March 30, after more than 75 workers alleged the facility was filled with asbestos in a bombshell lawsuit filed against Nassau County, which owns the Coliseum.

“The whole place is covered in it,” said Joseph Dell, the plaintiffs’ attorney. “The county is responsible for keeping Nassau Coliseum safe but it never renovated it or did an asbestos abatement.”

State labor officials did not return calls seeking comment, but county officials said they conducted a study last month that found small amounts of asbestos in areas of the Coliseum that are off-limits to the public.


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Are the New York Islanders headed for the Barclays Center because of an asbestos problem at the Nassau Coliseum?

That's the suggestion in a Courier-Life article about charges filed by a plaintiffs' attorney:

If a cleanup of the Nassau Coliseum stretches beyond the start of the hockey season this fall — or if the asbestos problem forces county officials to close the arena — the Islanders would be forced to find a new home, and the Barclays Center is an easy option....

An asbestos-abetted move to Brooklyn is all but inevitable according to sports talking heads including Mike Francesa.

Well, that same article quoting the authoritative sports talking heads stated:

Asbestos contamination has been found in four locations throughout the Nassau Coliseum , but inspection reports show air quality is safe in public areas of the arena, according to a consulting firm hired by Nassau County.

The attorney says a study he ordered showed cancer-causing asbestos in numerous public areas. For now the issue is unresolved, given a new state investigation.

New York Islanders Adrift, Nassau Coliseum Consider Safe for the Public even with Asbestos

Park Slope Patch, With Nassau Coliseum Asbestos Woes, Islanders Could Move to Barclays Center

NoLandGrab: Next week's headline: "Could vampire-bat infestation mean Islanders will play home games in Brooklyn?"

Posted by eric at April 10, 2012 12:18 PM