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Contractor on asbestos job sentenced to two years’ probation

A Buffalo contractor who took part in a bungled asbestos-removal project was sentenced Friday to two years probation.

Ernest Johnson was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara for his role in the clean-up effort at the Kensington Heights public housing complex on Fillmore Avenue.

As part of a plea deal worked out with Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, Johnson admitted his employees dumped asbestos down holes cut in the floor and failed to adequately treat the material while it sat waiting for leak-tight containers.

John F. Humann, an assistant federal public defender, told Arcara that Johnson didn’t deserve to go to jail and suggested the loss of his company and the immense publicity surrounding the failed project were punishment enough.

Johnson’s company, Johnson Contracting of Western New York, was accused of orchestrating a scheme designed to cut corners at Kensington Heights and then cover it up.

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