TARRYTOWN, NY- The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) and its Executive Director, Aisha Tator, are being recognized by The Transplant Support Organization (TSO) with its Outstanding Leadership Award. This award recognizes the organization's hard work and dedication to improving the rate of organ, eye and tissue donation in New York State. TSO, a not-for-profit dedicated to the support of its members and the advancement of organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation, will honor NYAD and Tator on December 12, 2016 at their annual Celebration of Life Holiday Party.
Thursday, October 6 is Organ Donor Enrollment Day in New York State and we're asking for your help.
We are rallying community members to make October 6th, 2016 the day to take action and join the New York State Donate Life Registry.
During last year's inaugural Organ Donor Enrollment Day, 3,100 New Yorkers made the decision to register as organ and tissue donors. Let's shatter that record in 2016!
Even more, Organ Donor Enrollment Day generated hope: New Yorkers do care, New Yorkers will take action and New York can do great things!
With assistance from the statewide donation community, New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) announces the successful passage of legislation (S.5313-A/A.4990-B) that will permit New Yorkers aged 16 or older to enroll in the NYS Donate Life Registry. Prior to this legislation, the minimum age required for enrollment was eighteen. Now, sixteen and seventeen year olds will be able check "yes" and join the NYS Donate Life Registry when visiting the DMV to obtain a learner's permit, registering to vote, or any other means allowable by the NYS Department of Health.
The law is removing barriers for young adults to fulfill what they feel is an important community responsibility, signing up as an organ and tissue donor. This is a significant change in policy for New York State and was a crucial step towards reducing the number of people waiting for their lifesaving transplant.
The bill, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on August 17, 2016, makes New York the forty-ninth state to have either no restriction on the minimum age for an organ and tissue donor or allow for registration at an age younger than 18. The new law goes into effect February 14, 2017.
The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) is launching an important call to action to urge the CO-SPONSORS of the Young Adult legislation (A.4990-B/S.5313-A), which authorizes persons 16 years of age or older to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry, to contact Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and urge him to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. We will be contacting our champions that support the legislation and asking them to advocate to the Speaker on our behalf.
As NYAD is requesting that you call ALL the legislators in the table below that correspond with your region by Fri., June 10. These are NOT constituency based calls, so you will not be necessarily contacting your representative. You will be calling ALL the co-sponsors of the Young Adult legislation in your areas (in NYC there will be a significant number lawmakers that need to be contacted by each volunteer). Below are the instructions for the alert:
- Review the table below and identify ALL the co-sponsors in your region (i.e. Capital District, NYC, Lower Hudson Valley, etc.).
- Using the provided contact information, call ALL the lawmakers in your region and deliver the following message:
"I wanted to thank the Assemblymember for supporting A.4990B, which would allow sixteen and seventeen year olds to register their intent to donate their organs, eyes, and tissue in the Donate Life Registry. We are seeking your assistance in getting this bill passed before the end of the legislative session. We would greatly appreciate it if the Assemblymember would communicate their support of the bill to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and urge him to allow the bill to be voted on in the Assembly."
Your voice is critically important to our efforts to expand opportunities for New Yorkers to enroll in the Donate Life Registry. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to NYAD's Executive Director, Aisha Tator at 518-326-3237 x 12 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being an advocate for the donation community!
Governor Cuomo signs legislation that provides the option to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry on New York State of Health applications
Albany, NY- The New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD) is pleased to announce that Governor Cuomo has signed A.9667-A (Gunther) / S.6952-A (Hannon) into law. Beginning in 2017, New Yorkers applying for health insurance through the New York State of Health Benefit Exchange, will have the opportunity to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry directly on their health plan applications.