New York Asbestos Exposure

New York

There are nearly 400 jobsites, public buildings and institutions throughout New York State at which asbestos exposure has been an issue. In addition to high-risk industries such as shipyards, power generation plants, oil refineries and chemical companies, these sites include schools, public housing units, sewage treatment plants, office facilities, churches and synagogues, and restaurants and food preparation companies.

There is also naturally-occurring asbestos and a mining operation at which workers have been contracting asbestos disease at unusually high rates. For this reason, those who believe they may have come in contact with asbestos should seek medical attention at any of the mesothelioma clinics in New York.

New York Cities where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of New York where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in New York there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Courtesy of Mother Nature

According to maps issued by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, one of New York State's naturally-occurring asbestos deposits is located in Jefferson County near the town of Governeur. Before 1981, this area suffered the highest rates of mesothelioma in the U.S. The other two are located further east near the Vermont state line, and are areas in which talc mining operations are carried out.

Non-Industrial Exposure

Stories of the asbestos fallout that resulted from the collapse of the World Trade Center in September 2001 is well-known and documented. More than 5,000 tons of the W.R. Grace & Company product Monokote was used during the construction of the towers back in the late 1960s, which was spread over Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn in the days that followed. Even more than seven years after the tragedy, the population of Brooklyn suffers from unusually high rates of respiratory disorders.

Another source of public asbestos exposure is the result of the nation's deteriorating infrastructure. Twice during the summer of 2007, aging underground steam pipes insulated with asbestos exploded in Manhattan and downtown Boston; this continues to happen in other major cities at an alarming rate.

Why?

New York City was the birthplace of the modern American asbestos industry. It was here that Henry Ward Johns, founder of what later became Johns-Manville (now a subsidiary of insurance giant Berkshire-Hathaway), began developing and marketing asbestos building materials in Manhattan in the 1850s. This is a major reason that numerous old and historic buildings in the Mid-Atlantic and New England States have required extensive asbestos abatement. According to an 1988 EPA estimate, there may up to half a million buildings nationwide requiring such rehabilitation.

Statistics

Between 1979 and 1999, the majority of asbestos disease victims in New York were from the working-class borough of Queens. 228 of these fatalities were due to mesothelioma, while 62 from asbestosis. People in the nearby borough of Bronx suffered far lower rates of asbestos disease, however; 69 were from mesothelioma and 24 from asbestosis. Part of the discrepancy can be attributed to population; Queens has more residents. In addition, this borough has more heavy industries in which workers run higher risk of asbestos exposure. Both workers and residents who may have been negligently exposed to asbestos should seek legal counsel with a mesothelioma lawyer.

Other New York Jobsites Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural mesothelioma.

Featured Jobsites

Alfred

  • Alfred State College
  • Alfred University
  • Babcock School of Physics

Alsen

  • Acme Cement Corp
  • Alpha Portland Cement Company
  • Alsen's American Portland Cement Company
  • Lehigh Portland-Cement Company
  • Marquette Cement
  • North American Cement Company
  • Seaboard Portland Cement Company

Amsterdam

  • Amsterdam City Hospital
  • Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company
  • Fiber Glass Industries Inc
  • Mohasco Industries Inc
  • Mohawk Carpet Mills Inc. - Mccleary Division
  • Stephen Sanford and Sons Inc

Ardsley

  • Ciba-Geigy Corporation
  • Geigy Chemical Corp
  • Stauffer Chemical Company
  • Union Carbide

Bainbridge

  • Casein Company of America
  • New York State Electric & Gas Corporation

Baldwinsville

  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Morris Machine Works
  • National Aniline
  • New York Ordnance Works
  • Schlitz Brewing Company
  • Syroco

Batavia

  • Batavia Downs Raceway
  • Genesee County Nursing Home
  • Graham Manufacturing. Company
  • New York Water Works
  • Oatka Milk Products
  • Treadway Inn, Oak St.

Bayside

  • Cardozo High School
  • New York and Nassau Construction Company
  • Queensborough Community College
  • Southside Hosptial

Bethpage

  • Grumman Aerospace Corporation
  • Grumman Aircraft Company

Black Rock

  • Beaver Board Companies
  • Buffalo General Electric Company
  • Du Pont Fibresilk Company
  • Dunlop America, Ltd.
  • J.H. Williams and Company
  • Linde Air Products Company
  • Philadelphia Rubber Works Company

Brookhaven

  • Caithness Power Plant

Buchanan

  • Consolidated Edison Company of New York
  • Entergy Nuclear
  • Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
  • Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant 2
  • Standard Coated Products Company

Comstock

  • Great Meadows Correctional Institute
  • Nys Power Plant
  • Robert A. Keasbey Company

Cooperstown

  • Clark Estates
  • Clinton Mills Power Electric Company
  • Fire Station
  • International Milk Products Company
  • Marry Emigene Basset Hosptial

Corinth

  • Corinth New York Plant Mill #3
  • Hudson River Mill
  • International Paper Company

Cortland

  • Brewer-Titchener Corp
  • Cortland County Jail Buildings
  • Cortland County Traction Company
  • Cortland Memorial Hospital
  • Cortland Senior High School
  • Cortland State Teachers College
  • Cortland Wagon Company
  • Ekenberg Company
  • Wickwire Brothers Inc

Dansville

  • A.J. Gilman
  • Bernarr Mac Fadden Foundation
  • Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation

Dewitt

  • Conrail
  • Dewitt Community Church
  • Dewitt Shopping Town
  • Shoppingtown Mall

Dobbs Ferry

  • Children's Village, Inc.
  • Columbia University Research Department
  • Juvenile Asylum
  • Palmine Company Inc
  • Stauffer Chemical Company

Dresden

  • Aes Corp
  • Greenridge Generating Facility
  • New York State Electric & Gas Corporation
  • Transelco Inc

Elmhurst

  • Brooklyn Union Gas Company
  • Citizens Water Supply Company
  • Finco Dye and Print Works
  • Newton High School
  • Newton Station
  • Newtown Gas Company

Endicott

  • Bill Gargano, Incorporated
  • Endicott Johnson Corp
  • Endicott Johnson Realty Company
  • Erie R.R. Company Grade Crossing
  • Hayes Ave Siding
  • International Business Machines Corporation
  • Jennie F. Snapp School
  • Mancini & Klimchuck Company, Inc.

Falconer

  • American Manufacturing Concern
  • Board of Water and Lighting Comm
  • Cleveland Woosted Mills Company
  • Cresent Tool Company
  • Laco Roofing & Sheet Metal Company
  • National Worsted Mills, Inc.

Far Rockaway

  • Citizens Lighting Company
  • Far Rockaway Health Center
  • Far Rockaway High School
  • Junior High School 198
  • Long Island Light Company
  • Public School 197
  • Queens Borough Electric Light and Power Company
  • Queens County Water Company
  • Queensboro Gas and Electric Company

Farmingdale

  • Fairchild Republic Company
  • Grumman Aerospace
  • Independent Silk Dyeing Company
  • Long Island Asbestos Contracting Company, Inc.
  • Republic Aviation Corporation

Forest Hills

  • Forest Hills High School
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • Junior High School 190
  • Public School 196
  • Public School 220

Garden City

  • Corp of The Catahedral of The Incarnation
  • Garden City Company
  • Garden City Hotel
  • Global Frozen Foods
  • Hughes Trailer Manufacturing
  • Sid Harvey Supply, Inc.

Geneva

  • Central Ny Gas and Electric Company
  • Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park
  • Empire Coke Company
  • Empire Gas and Electric Company
  • Geneva Nursing Home, Inc.
  • Geneva-Seneca Electric Company
  • International Paper Company
  • Ontario County - Food Research Building
  • Sampson Air Force Base

Glenmont

  • Combustion Engineering
  • Glenmont Power Plant
  • Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation
  • Nyc To Wemple Station Texaco Inc.
  • Our Lady of The Angels Seminary
  • Texaco, Inc.

Glens Falls

  • Finch, Pruyn & Company, Incorporated
  • Glens Falls Housing
  • International Paper Company
  • Knolls Atomic Power Lab

Glenwood

  • Conrail / New York Central Railroad
  • Long Island Lighting Company
  • Nassau Light and Power Company
  • Power Plant North 1

Glenwood Landing

  • Glenwood Landing Powerhouse
  • Glenwood Power Station
  • Long Island Lighting Company

Gloversville

  • B.E. Shell Company
  • Fulton County Gas and Electric Company
  • G. Lever & Corporation
  • Levor Company Inc
  • Milligan and Higgins Glue
  • Surpass Leather Company

Hamilton

  • Board of Water and Light Comm.
  • Colgate University

Harrison

  • Colletti & Laguidara Incorporated, Anderson Hill Rd.
  • Haulands Ln. & Westchester Ave
  • Ibm Building
  • Inwood Dairy Company Inc
  • Pepsi‐Cola Building
  • Socony-Vacuum Building
  • Standard Vacuum Building

Haverstraw

  • Arthur Kill Powerhouse
  • Bowline Powerhouse
  • Excelsior Brick Company
  • Garnerville Holding Company
  • Lovett Powerhouse
  • Mirant Bowline Llc
  • Orange & Rockland Utilities

Herkimer

  • Herkimer County Community College
  • Herkimer Fibre Company
  • Herkimer Municipal Comm
  • Municipal Commission of Herkimer
  • Niagara Mohawk Power Corp
  • Water Pollution Control Plant

Hicksville

  • Bruderle & Lamparter
  • Hicksville Office Building
  • Long Island Lighting Company
  • Nassau County Garage

Hornell

  • Erie Lackawana Railroad
  • W C K and Company

Horseheads

  • A. & P. Job, Rust Engineering
  • Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc.
  • Westinghouse Electric Corporation

Hudson Falls

  • Bag and Paper Company, New York
  • Flood and Vanwirt Company
  • General Electric Company
  • Sandy Hill Iron and Brass Works
  • Union Bag & Paper Corporation

Ilion

  • Cash Register Works
  • Mohawk Valley Nursing Home
  • Remington Arms and Ammunition Company
  • Remington Arms Company
  • Remington Typewriter Company Inc.
  • Remington Typewriter Works of Union Typewriter Company
  • Wyckoff Seamans and Benedict

Island Park

  • Edward Barrett Power Station
  • Island Park Powerhouse
  • Long Island Lighting Company

Jamesville

  • Allied Chemical
  • Alpha Portland Cement Company
  • Solvay Process Division
  • Tennessee Gas Transmission Company

Kenmore

  • Bell Aircraft Corporation
  • Frontier Bindery
  • Rawley Avenue Pumping Station
  • St. Paul's Church
  • Stauffer Chemical Company

Kingston

  • Howard Johnson Restaurant
  • International Business Machines Corporation
  • Kingston Consolidated Railway Company
  • Kingston Electric Company
  • L F Bannon Plumbing, Heating and Contracting Company
  • Nytralite Aggregates
  • Nytralite Corporation
  • United States Lace Curtain Mills

Lackawanna

  • Bethlehem Steel Corporation
  • Bethlehem Transportation Corporation
  • Donner Hanna Coke
  • Lackawanna Incinerator
  • Lackawanna Plant
  • Lackawanna Steel Company
  • Linde Company
  • Union Carbide Corporation
  • Western N.Y. Water Company

Lewiston

  • Authority of Power
  • Model City
  • Niagara University
  • Olin-Mathieson Chemical Corporation

Little Falls

  • American Swiss Milk Products Company
  • Burrows Paper Corporation
  • Little Falls Gas Light Company
  • Mohawk Valley Paper Company Inc
  • Rex Knitting Company
  • Robl Mackinnon

Liverpool

  • Aircooled Motors Inc
  • Elmerest School
  • Foundry Materials Inc
  • H. S. Chaffee Company, Inc.
  • Insulation Distributors, Inc.
  • Liverpool Team Track
  • St. Lukes Hospital
  • Syracuse Insulation Distributors, Inc.
  • Will & Baumer Candle Company Inc

Ludlowville

  • International Salt Company
  • Millikam Station
  • New York State Electric & Gas Corporation

Lyons Falls

  • Gould Paper Corporation
  • Lyons Falls Pulp and Paper
  • Novak Welding Works, Inc.

Maspeth, Long Island

  • Aljon Manufacturing Corporation
  • Brooklyn Steel Warehouse Company
  • Continental Can
  • Richmond Asbestos Company
  • Santini Bros. Packing

Massena

  • Aluminum Corporation of America
  • Central Foundry
  • Chevrolet Motor Division
  • Defense Plant Corporation
  • Hyde Plumbing Supply, Inc.
  • Pittsburg Reduction Company
  • Pittsburgh Reduction Company
  • Reynolds Metals Company
  • United States Aluminum Company

Minetto

  • Columbia Mills, Inc.
  • Columbia Shade Cloth Company

Montezuma

  • Clinton Corn Processing Company
  • Empire State Sugar
  • Empire Sugar Boiler House
  • Kinser Construction Company

Mount Vernon

  • Allen George & Son Inc
  • Caldor Department Store
  • Colletti & Laguidara, Incoporated
  • Eastchester Electric Company
  • Henry Bonnard Bronze Company
  • Johns‐Manville Sales Corporation
  • Sinai Temple

New Hartford

  • General Electric Company
  • St. Luke's Memorial Hospital Center
  • Unica Mutual Life Insurance Company

New Hyde Park

  • Carney & Del Guidice, Incorporated
  • Denton Ave. Incinerator
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • New Hyde Park Supply
  • Triangle Sheetmetal Workers

New Paltz

  • N Y State Teachers College
  • New Paltz State University
  • New York State Teachers College
  • New York State University
  • State College
  • State University of New York

Niagra Falls

  • Frontier Chemical
  • Frontier Foundry
  • Hooker Chemical Corp
  • Niagra Falls High School
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • Public Safety Building
  • Stuaffer Chemical

Niskayuna

  • A. J. Eckert Company, Inc.
  • Atomic Power Construction Project
  • General Electric Company
  • Hypersoncis Lab.
  • Knolls Atomic Power Lab
  • United States Atomic Energy Commission

Northport

  • Long Island Lighting Company
  • Northport Powerhouse

Oakfield

  • Curtice Burns Inc
  • Haxton Foods Inc
  • United States Gypsum Company

Ogdensburg

  • Algonquin Paper Corp
  • Berst Forster Dixfield Company
  • Degrasse Paper Company
  • Derex Foster Dixfield Company
  • St Lawrence State Hospital

Oneida

  • Adirondack Electric Power Corp
  • Madison County Gas and Electric Company
  • New York Telephone Company
  • Oneida City Hospital

Pearl River

  • American Cyanamid Company
  • Lederle Laboratory
  • Pearl River High School

Peekskill

  • Atomic Power Station/Buchanan
  • Baker Underwear Company
  • Fleischmann Manufacturing Company
  • Va Hospital

Piermont

  • Continental Can Company
  • M.B. Williams and Company
  • Piermont Paper Company
  • Robert Gair Company, Inc.

Port Jefferson

  • Electric Power Station
  • Lilco Port Jefferson Power Plant
  • Long Island Lighting Company
  • Mather Hospital
  • Port Jefferson Powerhouse

Port Jervis

  • Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School
  • New Elementary School
  • Pert Jervis - Municipal Electric
  • Port Jervis Brewing Company
  • Port Jervis High School
  • Port Jervis Senior High School
  • Port Jervis Water Works Company

Potsdam

  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • Nekoosa Edwards Paper Company
  • Potsdam Paper Mills
  • Raquette River Paper Company

Queens Village

  • Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
  • New York State Department of Mental Hygiene
  • Public School 135
  • Public School 18
  • Queens Criminal Court
  • Queens House of Detention
  • Queens Supreme Court
  • Van Buren High School

Roseton

  • Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
  • Central Hudson Powerhouse
  • Roseton Generating Steam
  • Roseton Powerhouse

Rouses Point

  • Ayerst Laboratories, Inc.
  • Wyeth Ayerst Laboratories, Inc.
  • Wyeth Ayerst Pharmacuticals

Sandy Hill

  • Allen Brothers Company
  • Bag and Paper Company
  • Mohican Brick Company
  • Union Bag and Paper Company
  • Waitt Richards

Saratoga Springs

  • Jefferson Terrace Housing Project
  • Natural Carbonic Gas Company
  • Saratoga Knitting Mill
  • Saratoga Springs Authority
  • State of New York Conservation Commission
  • Thermokept Dairies
  • United States Hotel
  • Van Raalte Company Inc.
  • Wood Craftsmen Inc.

Schenectary

  • American Locomutive Company
  • General Electric Company
  • Westinghouse Ill'G Company

Seneca Falls

  • Gould Paper Corporation
  • Goulds Manufacturing Company
  • Goulds Pumps, Incorporated
  • Gte
  • Seneca Edison Company
  • Sylvania Electric Company

Sidney

  • Bendix Corp
  • Delaware Elpower and P Company
  • Kayser Plant
  • Standard Light, Heat and Power Company

Stony Point

  • Letchworth Village
  • Orange and Rockland Utilities

Suffern

  • Ciba Geigy Chemical
  • E. Daskal Corporation
  • Geigy Chemical Corp
  • Ramapo Town Hall
  • Rockland State Hospital

Ticonderoga

  • Amerada Hess Corporation
  • American Graphite Company
  • International Paper Company
  • Moses Ludington Hospital
  • Ticonderoga Mill
  • Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Company
  • Walsh Construction International Paper

Tomkins Cove

  • Hudson/Tompkins Cove Plant
  • Lovett Plant
  • Mirant Corp
  • Mirant Lovett Llc
  • Orange & Rockland Utilities Company
  • Rockland Light & Power

Tupper Lake

  • Adirondock Plywood Div
  • Forest Land and Mill Company
  • New York State Department. of Mental Hygiene
  • Oval Wood Dish Corp
  • Sunmount State School

Upton

  • Association of Universities
  • Brookhaven National Labs
  • Brookhaven National Sales

Vestal

  • Agfa-Ansco Corporation
  • Ansco Office Building
  • Glenwood School
  • Harpur College
  • New Ansco Office Building
  • New York State University
  • Temple Israel Building

Walloomsac

  • Columbia Box Board Mill
  • Stevens and Thompson Paper Company
  • Walloomsac Paper Company
  • Walloonsac Paper Mills

Watervliet

  • Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp
  • Behr Manning
  • Covert Manufacturing
  • Delaware & Hudson Railroad Company
  • Delaware Hudson Company
  • Eastern Malleable Iron Company
  • Tek-Hughes Factory
  • Troy Belting & Supply Company
  • Watervliet Arsenal

Watkins Glen

  • International Salt Company
  • Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation
  • Texas Transmission Propane
  • Watkins Salt Company

West Haverstraw

  • Bowline Powerhouse
  • Garneryville Holding Company
  • Kay-Fries Chemical, Inc.
  • Mirant Corp
  • Orange and Rockland Utilities

West Milton

  • Bethlehem Steel Corporation
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
  • West Milton Atomic Energy Plant & Powerhouse
  • West Milton Nuclear Plant

West Point

  • Hotel Thayer
  • Thayer Hotel
  • United States Military Academy
  • West Point Military Academy

West Seneca

  • Department of Mental Hygiene
  • Iroquois Gas
  • Lackawanna Steel Company
  • Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad
  • School For Mentally Retarded
  • Southgate Plaza
  • West Seneca Laboratories
  • West Seneca State School

Whitestone

  • Jas Beggs and Company
  • John D. Locke
  • P.S. 209
  • United States Government Fort Totten
  • Whitestone Forge and Construction Company

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