Zeldin: Sports hygiene bill draws support

Nassau County Athletics Coordinator / Baldwin Athletic Director Nassau County Athletics Coordinator / Baldwin Athletic Director Ed Ramirez cleans a mat after a first round varsity wrestling county championship tournament match at Mack Sports Complex, located on the campus of Hofstra University. (Feb. 12, 2011) Photo Credit: James Escher

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The legislation meant to regulate cleanliness practices in high school athletics gained an Assembly co-sponsor and will likely be drafted in the next several days, according to a spokesman for state Sen. Lee Zeldin's office.

Zeldin (R-Shirley) is expected to meet with Nina Van Erk, president of the state high school athletic association, Wednesday in Albany to fine-tune some of the details of the bill, according to spokesman Chris Molluso. He will likely be joined by Assemb. Steven Englebright (D-Setauket), who has come on board as an Assembly co-sponsor.

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"The hope is that it will get drafted by the end of the week or early next week," Molluso said. "[We're doing] a lot of groundwork and we hope it's something that can be passed soon."

Though details are pending, Zeldin said the bill could mandate that wrestling mats be cleaned before and after tournaments and practices, and between matches, and that all schools holding tournaments have functioning showers.

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