legionnairescoolingAs state and city officials continue to monitor and contain an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx, a measure being introduced in the Assembly would spend up to $50 million to testing cooling towers of the Legionella bacteria.

At the same time, the measure being introduced by Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner would continue to fund testing and policing of the bacteria by various city agencies with the goal of preventing future outbreaks of the disease.

The money would be allocated to the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Environmental Protection in order to conduct the tests.

“With more than 100 people having been hospitalized to date, we need to act now to prevent this outbreak from ever becoming a concern for the future. Taking steps today to protect the well-being of our communities by instituting measures that can prevent the Legionella bacteria from resurfacing is the right course of action. That is why I am proposing new legislation that will allocate up to $50 million in funding to various City agencies,” Joyner said in statement.

The outbreak so far this summer has been attributed to at least 12 deaths in the Bronx as the focus turns toward five cooling towers — including one at a boutique hotel — that may have helped spread the disease.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for a statewide response to Legionnaires’ disease, including setting up a new regulatory framework for combating the illness not just in New York City, but in communities around the state.

The outbreak, too, has been marked by the ongoing political feud between Cuomo and de Blasio, who released conflicting information on the extent of the outbreak, which was later clarified.