Legislation is being introduced in both the state Senate and Assembly to require carbon monoxide detectors to be installed during new or renovated school construction projects.

The bills are being sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joe Griffo, following a local petition drive by Oneida County Legislators Michael Waterman and Franklin Davis.

According to the legislation, after January 1, 2014, all construction projects in public and private schools would have to include the installation of carbon monoxide detectors.

There would also be new requirements to existing buildings in the next adoption cycle of the New York State Fire and Building Code.

Griffo says the new legislation would be beneficial for schools, noting that, "While some schools in New York do have sensors in place, school districts don't need another unfunded mandate form Albany. At the same time we must take any and all actions to ensure the safety of students and school personnel."

Funding for the installations will come from the current building aid formula.

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