carlheastieThe Legislature may still seek to put their own stamp on combating Legionnaires’ disease after an outbreak killed 12 people and sickened more than 100 others in the Bronx, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Wednesday told reporters in Buffalo.

Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plan to write statewide regulations for combating Legionnaires, which are expected to include new requirements for maintaining cool towers which are believed to be the source of the current outbreak.

The regulatory package announced jointly by the governor and the mayor on Tuesday afternoon would not need approval by the state Legislature.

Still, lawmakers are pushing their own ideas to combat Legionnaires, including a proposal to spend $50 million on the testing of cooling towers.

“I know the governor and the mayor are working on statewide regulations, but it still doesn’t mean we won’t look to do something legislatively when we get back to session,” Heastie said.

At the same time, Heastie did not fault Cuomo and de Blasio for, at times, seemingly working at odds with one another during the outbreak. Cuomo and de Blasio at one point provided conflicting information at separate news conferences, while both have differed over calling in the federal government.

“I think once the depth of the situation was ascertained, I think the city and the state did all they could do to take care of this,” said Heastie, a resident of the Bronx himself.

The speaker wouldn’t condemn the city’s response to the outbreak, either, saying he wants to look toward finding a statewide solution to the problem.

“Really to me, it’s not even about placing blame on where we could have gotten better,” Heastie said. “It’s about how we deal with this. For us, we want to make sure this is no longer an issue statewide.”