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State Senate passes bills to increase organ donors in New York

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New York State ranks near the bottom of the nation in organ donation.

A series of bills just passed by the State Senate could change that. 

Currently, only 27 percent of potential New Yorkers are enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry – the lowest rate in the country, whereas nearly 10,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in New York – the third highest rate in the country.

The legislation would allow people to register as an organ donor when they apply for a library card, establish a one-time personal income tax credit for organ donors, and label organ donation as a serious health condition, covered by paid family leave.

The bills now go to the State Assembly.

For information on how to become a organ donor, visit

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