Grease trap safety measures passed by NY Assembly

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A state proposal named in honor of a 3-year-old Rochester boy to improve grease trap safety moved one step closer to becoming a reality after a unanimous vote by the state Assembly Wednesday.

Bryce’s Law, named after Bryce Raynor, would require grease traps at food service businesses to increase safety, according to a release from state Assemblywoman Sarah Clark, D-Rochester. “This legislation will help prevent future tragedies like this one by creating guidelines for grease traps and interceptors that are located in public areas and making them safer for the public.” 

Raynor slipped through a grease trap at Tim Hortons on University Avenue in Rochester on July 15, 2019, and drown. The plastic lid was unsecured as it covered at an underground 500-gallon grease trap.

Police said it appeared Bryce stepped onto the trap’s unsecured plastic lid, which gave way and then flipped back into place after the boy had fallen in.

The legislation must still be passed in the state Senate and then signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo before it can be enacted.

Bryce Raynor was a happy baby boy. "He  was always happy," says his mom, Tenitia Cullum.

Tenitia Cullum, Bryce’s mom, brought him to work after her child care plans for the day had fallen through.

Former Assemblywoman Jamie Romeo introduced the legislation in 2019 following a Democrat and Chronicle article that detailed how 3-year-old Bryce fell into the fell into the grease trap outside the restaurant. The article highlighted a lack of laws that require simple, inexpensive secondary protection devices that serve as a back-up if the trap’s lid fails.

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