June 10, 2016
Legislation co-sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, Corning) passed the Assembly yesterday and is heading to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for consideration. The bill would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to register as organ donors. Palmesano says that the bill includes a provision which would ensure parents retain the authority to decide if their child could donate if the circumstances arose. “We ask young people to make a lot of important choices- where they will attend college, where they want to work, what passions they want to pursue. I believe they are well equipped to make this important and selfless choice. This also creates an important opportunity for parents and their children to discuss this very important issue when they are going to get their drivers license. With over 10,000 New Yorkers waiting for transplants, an influx of new registrants can’t come soon enough,” said Palmesano.
The Corning Republican noted that New York is one of only five states that require those who wish to register as organ and tissue donors to wait until their 18th birthday. “This legislation is part of our ongoing effort to turn New York State into a national leader in organ donation,” said Palmesano. “By nature, New Yorkers care about their neighbors and their family members. This is a fight we can win. We will continue to raise awareness and get the message out there that organ donation saves lives and brings comfort and renewal to families who need it most.”