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Monroe County to begin grease trap inspections following death of three-year-old boy

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Posted at 3:59 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 15:59:12-04

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — Following the death of a three-year-old at a Rochester Tim Horton's, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced the county will begin safety sweeps to assess the security of grease trap covers.

The sweep is expected to begin Thursday at 2,500 businesses.

As a mother and grandmother, last week’s tragedy was a horrific loss that shocked and saddened me to my core. We learned in the wake of the incident that no agency or entity, at the state or local level, is explicitly responsible for the ongoing inspection of grease traps in New York State. As we indicated last week, I intend to introduce legislation to address that ambiguity under the law and set clear standards for these covers in Monroe County as soon as possible.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo

The sweeps will be led by the Monroe County Department of Public Health; it is expected to take two weeks to complete all inspections.