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File #: Res 1181-2016    Version: Name: Briana’s Law (A.4364-A/S.6717)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Public Safety
On agenda: 8/16/2016
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, Briana's Law, requiring all police officers to be retrained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation every two years.
Sponsors: Stephen T. Levin, Andrew Cohen, Donovan J. Richards, Annabel Palma, Vincent J. Gentile, Karen Koslowitz, Chaim M. Deutsch, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Corey D. Johnson, Margaret S. Chin, Fernando Cabrera , Vanessa L. Gibson, Brad S. Lander, James G. Van Bramer, Carlos Menchaca
Council Member Sponsors: 15
Attachments: 1. Assembly Bill, 2. Senate Bill, 3. Res. No. 1181 - 8/16/16, 4. August 16, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Committee Report 9/15/16, 6. Hearing Testimony 9/15/16, 7. Hearing Transcript 9/15/16, 8. Proposed Res. No. 1181-A - 10/20/16, 9. Committee Report 10/21/16, 10. Hearing Transcript 10/21/16, 11. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 27, 2016
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10/21/2016*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Public Safety Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/21/2016*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Public Safety Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
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10/21/2016AStephen T. Levin Committee on Public Safety Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/15/2016*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Public Safety Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/15/2016*Stephen T. Levin Committee on Public Safety Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016*Stephen T. Levin City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/16/2016*Stephen T. Levin City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Res. No. 1181-A

Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, Briana’s Law, requiring all police officers to be retrained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation every two years.

 

By Council Members Levin, Cohen, Richards, Palma, Gentile, Koslowitz, Deutsch, Salamanca, Johnson, Chin, Cabrera, Gibson, Lander, Van Bramer and Menchaca

                     Whereas, According to the American Heart Association (“AHA”), more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests take place in the United States every year, with almost 90% of the cases resulting in death; and

                     Whereas, If cardiopulmonary resuscitation (“CPR”) is performed within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, an individual’s chance of survival can be doubled or tripled, as reported by the AHA; and

                     Whereas, In 2010, New York State Assembly Member Félix Ortiz and New York State Senator Eric Adams first introduced Briana’s Law, legislation requiring all police officers, including state police officers, to be retrained in CPR and to demonstrate satisfactory completion of such training every two years; and

                     Whereas, The legislation is named after Briana Ojeda, an 11-year-old girl from Brooklyn who died of an asthma attack in 2010, after a police officer claimed he was not qualified to administer CPR on her, according to the New York Daily News; and

                     Whereas, Briana’s Law is supported by the AHA and the American Red Cross in New York State; and

                     Whereas, Briana’s Law has been reintroduced in the New York State Legislature during every session since 2010, and it passed the Assembly in 2013, 2014, and 2015; and

                     Whereas, In November 2014, Akai Gurley, an unarmed man, was killed when the gun of an NYPD officer went off while patrolling the stairwell of a public housing development; and

                     Whereas, The trial of the former officer, Peter Liang, drew public attention to CPR training for NYPD officers; and

                     Whereas, According to various news reports, including the New York Times, Liang and his partner testified at trial that they did not attempt to perform CPR on Gurley and that they had been insufficiently trained to do so; and

                     Whereas, Liang’s case once again highlighted the importance of effective CPR training for police officers; and

                     Whereas, In April 2016, Briana’s Law (A.4364-A) passed the Assembly again with an overwhelming majority of votes; and

                     Whereas, However, the bill has not been called for a floor vote in the Senate, where it is currently sponsored by Senator Jack. M. Martins (S.6717); and

                     Whereas, Because CPR can double or triple the chance of survival of an individual in cardiac arrest, mandating police officers to be retrained in properly administering the procedure would save a significant number of lives in New York every year; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, Briana’s Law, requiring all police officers to be retrained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation every two years.

LS# 8092

10/19/2016

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