Two truck drivers were arrested Thursday near the landmark Central Terminal after police spotted them dumping dirt and debris from a demolished house, city officials said today.
The two trucks were impounded, and Buffalo street sanitation officials also were preparing to issue an illegal dumping ticket to the owner of a Grand Island demolition company that employed the two drivers, they said.
"It's unfortunate. This is in the same area where we had about 500 volunteers out a couple of months ago to do a cleanup," Streets Sanitation Commissioner Paul V. Sullivan said. "The very area where we cleaned up, that's where these guys dumped."
Sullivan identified the drivers as William Brooks of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and Dan Andrew of Tonawanda. The men said the were working for Empire Demolition, which razes houses in the city.
"They were throwing names out . . . They had a little note saying they were told they could dump there," Sullivan said.
Sullivan also said the city will seek to serve a violation notice on Sal Capizzi, the owner of Empire, which lists an address on Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.