Man Seeks Others To Join NY Air Brake Lawsuit

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"All I want is for the right thing to be done."

Andy Williams is leading the charge with a lawsuit to clean up toxic chemicals left behind by the old New York Air Brake plant.

But he says he can't do it alone and is asking the community for help.

He's encouraging people who believe they've been affected by the pollution to visit the website www.nyabsuperfund.com.

"We're not going to be able to do anything unless people band together and make a stand," said Williams.

Williams knows the effects of the pollution first hand.

He suffers from chronic nerve damage and loss of bodily functions like bladder control.

But he's not alone.

His childhood neighbor also has nerve damage in his left leg.

They are health problems they, and hundreds of others who've joined the lawsuit, attribute to the pollution.

"When we first started, the people were coming out of the woodwork with their stories. It was just one on top of the other," said Jim Barker, who joined the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is against the plant's original owners General Signal.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the site has been properly cleaned, but Williams disagrees with that.

"When it comes to people who are sick, their children who are sick, their grandkids who are sick - the deaths in the area," said Williams.

So far, Williams says 250 people have joined the lawsuit, but he says the more who come forward, the stronger the case will be.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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