Rikers Inmate Diagnosed With Legionnaires’ as Gov, Mayor Announce Joint Plan to Combat Disease

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Paul Martin

By Melissa Russo and Brynn Gingras
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015

The legislation proposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council Monday to regulate the city’s cooling towers in an effort to combat Legionnaires’ disease will be expanded into a statewide policy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

Cuomo said he’s working with de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to draft regulations mandating time frames and processes for maintenance and testing of cooling towers, fines for failure to comply and a statewide registry — all part of a unified effort to battle the “unparalleled” outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx and other outbreaks across the state, officials said.

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