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 www.donorrecovery.org.