Earlier today, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) announced the introduction of two bills to encourage organ donation. The first bill (INT. 796) amends the agency-based voter registration that was enacted last year to highlight that New York residents can use voter registration forms to become organ donors. Notably, New York is the only state in the nation with this option. The second bill (INT. 797) provides the necessary job protection for people who choose to be living donors and donate an organ to an individual in need.
“We are in a public health crisis in terms of organ donation,” Constantinides declared at his City Hall announcement. “It is evident that more needs to be done to encourage people to donate and remove any barriers that might be in place that prevent people from becoming live organ donors. These bills will help encourage donation and increase the number of potential donors in our city. They will make it easier for people to register as an organ donor, and ensure that anyone willing to give life by donating an organ can do so without the possibility of losing pay.”
LiveOnNY joined Constanides’ in support at the City Hall announcement of bills INT. 796 and INT. 797. Constantinides’ legislation is co-sponsored by several other Council members, including I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), Ben Kallos (D-Upper East Side), and others.