Additional Call to Action–Young Adult Registry Enrollment Legislation Needs Your Help

By Aisha M. Tator
Published on June 17, 2015

Good afternoon,

NYAD is launching an important additional call to action to help pass the Young Adult Registry Enrollment Legislation (A.4990-A/S.5313)! The legislature is expected to remain in Albany through Friday and NYAD needs calls made to Speaker Carl Heastie’s office and urge him to bring the Young Adult Enrollment bill up for a vote.

Please take a couple of minutes to make this important call and help New York join 48 other states and allow persons age 16 or older make the decision to give the gift of life and enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry!

Re: bill (A.4990-A/S.5313).
Below are the instructions and talking points for the call:

1.Call Speaker Carl Heastie’s Albany Office 518-455-3791

2.Ask to speak with Speaker Heastie. If he is not available, ask if you can speak to someone about the legislation to allow New Yorkers aged 16 or older to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry.

3.Request that the Speaker place the Young Adult Registry Enrollment legislation (A.4990-A/S.5313) on the Rules agenda.

4.I pulled the following talking points from the letter for ease:

a. Currently, 48 states have either no restriction on the minimum age for an organ donor or allow for registration at an age younger than eighteen.
b. In the event that the young person may be considered for organ, eye or tissue donation, the parents of that individual will make the final decision on whether or not donation will take place. (THIS POINT NEEDS TO BE EMPHASIZED) The legislation under consideration does not change the current process when a donation opportunity occurs when a person is under the age of 18.
c. NYS should join the majority of other states in allowing persons aged 16 and older to express their consent to donate and enroll in the NYS Donate Life Registry.

5. Please send me an email ( and let me know that you placed a call.

Thank you for being a tremendous advocate for the donation community!

Very truly,
Aisha M. Tator
Executive Director
New York Alliance for Donation, Inc.