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File #: Res 0648-2015    Version: * Name: Recognizing this and every April as Organ Donation Awareness Month in the City of NY.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 4/16/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution recognizing this and every April as Organ Donation Awareness Month in the City of New York
Sponsors: Costa G. Constantinides, Corey D. Johnson, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Margaret S. Chin, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Daniel Dromm , Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Vanessa L. Gibson, Peter A. Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Annabel Palma, Andrew Cohen, Mathieu Eugene, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Brad S. Lander, James G. Van Bramer, Ben Kallos, Helen K. Rosenthal
Council Member Sponsors: 18
Attachments: 1. April 16, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 2. Committee Report 4/21/15, 3. Hearing Testimony 4/21/15, 4. Hearing Transcript 4/21/15, 5. Committee Report 4/27/15, 6. Hearing Transcript 4/27/15, 7. April 28, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 8. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-28-15, 9. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 28, 2015
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4/28/2015*Costa G. Constantinides City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/27/2015*Costa G. Constantinides Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/27/2015*Costa G. Constantinides Committee on Health Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/21/2015*Costa G. Constantinides Committee on Health Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/21/2015*Costa G. Constantinides Committee on Health Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/16/2015*Costa G. Constantinides City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/16/2015*Costa G. Constantinides City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 648
 
 
Resolution recognizing this and every April as Organ Donation Awareness Month in the City of New York
 
 
By Council Members Constantinides, Johnson, Arroyo, Chin, Cornegy, Dromm, Espinal, Gibson, Koo, Koslowitz, Palma, Cohen, Eugene, Rodriguez, Lander, Van Bramer, Kallos and Rosenthal
      
Whereas, According to Donate Life America (DLA), an alliance of national organizations and state teams across the United States committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation, as of January 2015, nearly 124,000 people in the United States were awaiting organ transplants; and
      Whereas, According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 21 people in the United States die each day waiting for an organ; and
      Whereas, DLA and HHS each report that a single organ donor can save up to 8 lives and save or heal more than 100 lives through tissue donation; and
      Whereas, According to the National Kidney Foundation, in the United States, every 5 minutes someone goes into kidney failure, and 25 million Americans have kidney disease; and
      Whereas, HHS reports that there are 58 organ procurement organizations in the United States, responsible for both increasing the number of registered donors as well as coordinating the donation process when actual donors become available; and
      Whereas, HHS also informs that the altruistic process of donation begins when people perform the simple act of indicating their consent to be a donor by enrolling in their state's donor registry; and
Whereas, According to DMV.ORG (DMV), an organ donation awareness organization not affiliated with the Department of Motor Vehicles, in New York State, every 13 hours another patient dies waiting for an organ transplant; and
Whereas, DMV also informs that in New York, a person can register as an organ donor in person, by mail, or online if he or she is at least 18 years old, and that person may indicate their desire to become a donor when they obtain or renew their driver's license or state ID card; and
Whereas, The New York Board of Elections also allows an individual to sign up as an organ donor when that person completes their voter registration form; and
      Whereas, According to LiveOnNY, an organ donation association, more than 10,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in LiveOnNY's service area; and
      Whereas, LiveOnNY serves 13 million people in the New York metropolitan area, which includes the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and the northern counties up to Poughkeepsie; and
      Whereas, LiveOnNY reports that of the 10,000 persons waiting for organ transplants, more than 8,000 await kidneys, more than 1,300 need livers, and more than 300 need hearts; and
Whereas, It is important to raise awareness of the great need for organ donation; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York recognizes this and every April as Organ Donation Awareness Month in the City of New York.
 
 
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