New York City gets a pool victory in the halls of government

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NYC has fewer public pools per capita than any other major U.S. city. 

It was recently reported that the city has built only 5 public pools in the past 50 years. Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine took a minute at the water safety press conference to say "and we're going to get + POOL built."

Our water safety bills were passed and are on their way to the Mayor to become City law!

Yesterday, the New York City Council passed a package of legislation to improve water safety throughout New York City. This is a big safety win for every New Yorker. Years in the making, + POOL and many other community swim providers have advocated for this legislation and helped advise council members on realistic pathways for adoption.

The bills passed will require the City to survey locations to site more public pools (get ready river!), ensure second-graders have access to free swimming lessons (yay!), and implement essential reporting measures concerning pool and beach staffing and training (transparency!), including information on the seasonal recruitment of lifeguards. 

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