LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Livingston County Ways and Means Committee passed a resolution on Nov. 16 urging New York State residents to register as organ or tissue donors, since New York State has the second lowest donor registry enrollment share in the United States.
According to the resolution, only 24 percent, about 3.8 million, NYS residents over age 18 are registered as organ donors, compared to the national average of over 50 percent.
The mobilization of counties to urge their residents to donate comes under the direction of former New York State Association of Counties president Edward Diana, who is himself on the transplant waiting list.
The resolution recognizes that NYS has the third highest need for donors. More than 10,000 people in NYS are waiting for organ transplants, and more than 600 New York residents die every year while awaiting organ transplants.
Once the Livingston County Board of Supervisors passes the resolution, they will be required to urge all counties to pass resolutions to encourage residents to register as organ and tissue donors.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and impact the lives of more than 50 people.
There are many ways to register as an organ or tissue donor, including New York State voter registration forms, paper registration forms, the Livingston County DMV office, or websites for the New York Alliance for Donation, myDMV, New York State Department of Health,