New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Sean Carlson and Gwenne Hogan

WNYC: New York Public Radio City Council Considering Bill Updating Flawed Legionnaires' Law by Sean Carlson and Gwenne Hogan

City Council Considering Bill Updating Flawed Legionnaires' Law

Kallos' legislation, which was passed by the council's Committee on Housing and Buildings Monday, would require landlords to report inspections of their cooling towers soon after they happen to the city's Health Department directly. The city would then make that information public. The bill would make it easier for health inspectors to identify problem buildings, Kallos said, as they currently have to rely on the state's data can be outdated.

The bill would also send regular reminders to cooling tower owners to have their equipment inspected.

"There was a Legionnaires' cluster in my neighborhood. Somebody died. Six people got sick," said Councilman Kallos, referring to a 2017 outbreak of the disease. "My hope is, with these 90-day inspections actually happening no one has to get sick or even die from Legionnaires' ever again."