Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00
For his work and tireless advocacy to increase organ-donor awareness throughout New York State Assemblyman Jim Conte, two-time organ-transplant recipient, has been selected to serve on Save Lives Now New York Foundation, Inc.’s board of directors.
“I am honored to serve on the board of directors of Save Lives Now and I look forward to working with other members to promote organ-donor awareness as well as increase organ-donor enrollment across the state,” said Conte.
To increase organ-donor enrollment throughout the state, Conte is working to pass Lauren’s Law, named for Lauren Shields, a heart-transplant survivor who recently turned 11 years old. The bill would bolster enrollment on the state’s organ-donor registry by prohibiting a driver’s license application from being processed unless the organ-donation section is filled out. Conte noted that while there currently is an organ-donation section on the application, applicants are not required to fill it out.
“By passing Lauren’s Law, we can help save lives and increase the quality of life for thousands of New Yorkers by increasing organ- and tissue-donor enrollments throughout the state,” said Conte. “I am hopeful that by working with Save Lives Now, we can garner the support needed to pass Lauren’s Law and other legislation to help increase organ-donor enrollment and awareness.”
Conte was nominated to the board because of his knowledge, experience, and dedication to advance the cause of organ donation. During his tenure in the Assembly, Conte has authored and helped pass numerous bills promoting organ donation and is a board member for the New York Organ Donor Network, New York State Transplant Council, and former board member for the New York Alliance for Donation.
Save Lives Now New York is dedicated to making changes and improvements to the state’s organ-donation system and is the only organization in New York focused on exploring public policy initiatives to increase the supply of organs available for transplant.