WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) - A new law allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to register for organ, eye and tissue donation in New York takes effect Tuesday.
The start day for the new law coincides with National Organ Donor Day.
This legislation will allow new drivers to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry when they first apply for a driver's license, learner permit or non-driver ID.
This change could potentially increase enrollments for organ donors in New York by thousands.
"This new law is a balanced effort to help in this administration's efforts to expand state's donor registry and help more New Yorkers receive the gift of life," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "With this action, we are aking one more step toward a stronger, healthier New York for all."
Unyts tells us there are nearly 10,000 New Yorkers on the national organ transplant waitlist, and approximately 1,000 waiting in Western New York.