Carbon monoxide law signed by Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone after fatal leak in Huntington restaurant
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HAUPPAUGE - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has signed into law the Steven Nelson Safety Act, requiring county-owned buildings to install carbon monoxide detectors.
The bill was named for the restaurant manager at Legal Seafoods in Huntington who died after being exposed to carbon monoxide in the building’s basement. The restaurant was not required by law to have installed CO detectors.
The law does not have jurisdiction over privately owned commercial property, which is left up to individual townships.
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The Town of Huntington, where Nelson died, says it is working on new regulations and other Long Island towns told News 12 they are also in a similar process.
Suffolk is hoping the state will also pass the carbon monoxide detector requirement in commercial buildings.