New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Sean Carlson and Lylla Younes

Gothamist Data Suggests City Still Lacks Vigilance Following Legionnaires' Deaths by Sean Carlson and Lylla Younes

Data Suggests City Still Lacks Vigilance Following Legionnaires' Deaths

City Councilman Ben Kallos was a co-sponsor of the law. He says if the data is correct and there really is widespread noncompliance with the state and city rules, the city should do something about it.

“We need to know if the legislation we passed is actually working,” Kallos said.

Meanwhile, some advocates say the law isn’t working. Brad Considine is the director of strategic planning at the APLD. He believes that New York City residents are not getting their money's worth for the law, which costs cooling tower owners approximately 130 million dollars a year.

“The whole thing is misguided, but they did it over a weekend,” Considine said, referring to the city’s legislation. “They felt political pressure and their political interests and business interests [are] driving this discussion, and meanwhile people are getting sick and dying.”

This story was co-reported by WNYC and Gothamist.