New York Legionnaires’ Disease Crisis: Cuomo Will Use Emergency Powers As Death Toll Reaches 12

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Paul Martin
August 11, 2015

The Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in New York City has killed 12 people as of Wednesday. In a new development, an inmate at Riker’s Island has come down with the deadly Legionnaire’s pneumonia. Recent cases in nearby Rockland County are a troubling sign that the epidemic is a concern for the entire state of New York.

New York’s Governor and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced joint emergency regulations Tuesday which will call for a statewide registry of cooling towers along with maintenance rules and steep penalties for non-compliance.

The announcement on the NY Governor’s official site emphasized that once the legislation is passed by the New York City Council, Cuomo will use his emergency powers to make the new Legionnaires’ disease law take effect throughout New York State.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement highlighted the uniqueness of the joint action.

“An unprecedented event like this outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in the South Bronx requires an unprecedented response. This legislative action will be the first of its kind for a major American city, as well as first set of regulations by any state in the union, and it will establish new registration, cleaning and monitoring standards for cooling towers in the fight against Legionnaires’ Disease.”

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