Grease trap safety legislation signed into law |

Grease trap safety legislation signed into law

Updated: October 01, 2019 05:15 PM
Created: October 01, 2019 04:33 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The grease trap safety legislation known as "Bryce's Law" was made official on Tuesday with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo's signature, months after a 3-year-old boy died after falling into one on University Avenue.

Bryce Raynor died in July after he fell into a grease trap at the Tim Hortons where his mother worked. His death spurred a public outcry and investigation into the safety of the traps, which are used to discard old cooking grease. The Monroe County Legislature passed the law to regulate grease trap covers in September. 

Under the new law, all grease traps and/or interceptors with manhole covers will have to be bolted down, locked, or be heavy enough to prevent unauthorized access. They will also be subject to inspection by the Department of Public Health on an annual. 

Bryce's mother, Tenitia Cullum, joined Dinolfo for the signing of her son's law. There, the county executive hailed her courage.

"This unspeakable tragedy, an accident, an accident that could have been prevented, and moving forward it will be prevented thanks to the strength and courage of Tenitia and thanks to my partners in government standing here with me to enact Bryces Law," said Dinolfo.

"All I want is my sweet considerate loving intelligent son back, but I guess I know God makes no mistakes," said Cullum. "So with that, I would really love to push this to be a statewide or even U.S. law, so no other mother or father will feel the hurt and pain I still feel every bite of the day."

Tenitia Cullum filed a notice of claim against the City of Rochester and Monroe County a week ago.

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