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Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address Commits to Increasing Organ Donation

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January 9, 2014

In his State of the State message delivered in Albany yesterday afternoon, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo included promotion of organ donation as one of the top healthcare priorities for the coming year.

The overall theme of the governor’s 2014 State of the State is “Building on Success.” Under the specific topic “Building Community: Health,” Mr. Cuomo referenced the creation of a public-private partnership with the organ donation community to increase enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry.

“New York has one of the lowest organ/tissue consent rates in the nation,” Mr. Cuomo said. In addition, he pointed out the New York donor registry “lags the country with an enrollment rate of 22 percent, compared to 45 percent reported by other states.”

“The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD), a statewide organization which works to increase organ, eye and tissue donation in New York State through collaborative advocacy, education, promotion, and research, applauds Governor Cuomo’s proclamation in yesterday’s State of the State that increasing organ donation is a top health care priority for the coming year," said Aisha Tator, Executive Director of the non-profit organization.

"The Governor has further called for the establishment of a public-private partnership with the donation community to work to increase enrollment in the NYS Donate Life Registry.

New York is facing a public health crisis where the need for life saving and life enhancing organ and tissue donations for transplant surgeries far exceeds the supply. Today, more than 10,000 New Yorkers will wake up asking, ‘will I receive my life saving organ transplant today?’ NYAD looks forward to partnering with Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health to identify creative strategies to make the NYS Donate Life Registry a more effective tool for New Yorkers to enroll as a donor and give the gift of life.

NYAD praises Governor Cuomo for his continued efforts to address this critical health issue and is eager to collaborate on ways to save the lives of the thousands of New Yorkers on the transplant waiting list.”

The excerpt on organ donation from the book version of the governor's State of the State address can be seen below: