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Technician admits ignoring problems at Kensington Heights

A former air sampling technician at the Kensington Heights public housing complex admitted Friday to looking the other way regarding false asbestos inspection reports.

Chris Coseglia, 27, formerly of JMD Environmental Inc. of Grand Island, is the second worker to admit some role in the improper removal and disposal of asbestos at the vacant housing complex on Fillmore Avenue.

Coseglia pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to being an accessory after the fact to a false statement, a misdemeanor.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said Coseglia was one of nine individuals and two companies indicted in 2011 on charges that they violated the federal Clean Air Act by illegally disposing of asbestos.

The complex, made up of six vacant towers behind Erie County Medical Center, is owned by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and is currently undergoing demolition.