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Grease trap safety law named after Rochester boy heads to NY Senate

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Updated: June 03, 2021 12:52 PM
Created: June 03, 2021 12:49 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — A bill aimed to help strengthen and secure grease traps at restaurants is on its way to the Senate after being unanimously approved by the Assembly Wednesday.

The bill, called "Bryce's Law" was named after Bryce Raynor, who fell into and drowned in a Tim Horton's grease trap on Unversity Avenue in 2019. The trap had been covered with only an unsecured plastic lid.

If it became law, it would require grease traps to be designed to withstand a certain weight, as well as prevent unauthorized access. 

Similar legislation was introduced and later passed in Monroe County shortly after the incident. 

The bill was originally introduced by current Monroe County Clerk Jamie Romeo in 2019, when she served in the Assembly. It was later reintroduced in 2021 by Assemblywoman Sarah Clark.

Raynor's family is suing Tim Hortons, its local owners and the company the lawsuit claims was contracted to take care of the grease trap. 

The bill must still clear the Senate before it can be signed off by Governor Cuomo.


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