Bronx leaders address Legionnaires' concerns

The borough president and health officials visited the Concourse Plaza Thursday to see firsthand one of the five cooling towers that tested positive for legionella.



Bronx leaders spoke with residents in the area as the number of deaths related to Legionnaires' rose to 10. City and state officials are now taking an "all hands approach" in testing the cooling towers for concerned building owners throughout the city.



"The governor has authorized me to do whatever else we can do to move forward in getting more testing done," said Howard Zucker, of the New York State Health Department.



Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. said time is not on our side so it's important that anyone on the local, state or federal level come in and help with the testing.



City and health officials said they will aggressively monitor the situation. They said more testing will be done in the affected areas and surrounding communities.


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