Kingston, NY – Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack is partnering the Ulster County Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with Donate Life New York State to recognize April as National Donate Life Month, an annual observance highlighting the critical need for increased organ, eye and tissue donation in New York State.
During the month of April, the Ulster County Clerk urges all residents to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and to say yes to donation while completing transactions at the DMV. Brochures, posters and enrollment forms will be on display in the lobby of the County Office Building throughout National Donate Life Month as a reminder of the importance of the gift of life. Stop by the table for more information and promotional items!
Nearly 9,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplant and 1,500 have been waiting for five years or longer. Each year, an estimated 400 men, women and children in New York State die because an organ does not become available in time.
Approximately 42% of New Yorkers are enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry, the electronic database that documents a person’s consent to be an organ and tissue donor at the time of their death. While more than 6 million New Yorkers are registered donors, this represents the second lowest percentage of registered donors in the country. Ulster County residents are encouraged to make a difference and give hope to all those in need of a transplant by enrolling in the Registry at the DMV, where nearly 80% of donors sign up.
“The staff at the DMV engages with the public on this critical health issue more than any other agency,” says Aisha Tator, Executive Director of Donate Life NYS. “The promotion of organ and tissue donation during Donate Life Month has a lasting impact on the number of registered donors and the lives that will be saved through transplantation.”
“Ulster County is proud to be one of the counties throughout the state participating in this vital program,” said Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack. “Currently there are 75,835 Ulster County residents on the registry, accounting for 51.7% of total residents. It is my hope that by raising awareness, we can increase this number and promote saving lives by encouraging our fellow New Yorkers to say yes to being an organ or tissue donor.”
All New Yorkers age 16 and older can enroll in the New York State Donor Registry, regardless of their medical history. The enrollment option is available on forms used to apply for or renew a driver license or non-driver identification card. New Yorkers can also enroll in the Registry while applying for health insurance through the New York State Department of Health and on voter registration forms. In addition, online enrollment is available at any time at donatelife.ny.gov/register.
Donate Life NYS is a non-profit organization comprised of organ and tissue recovery organizations, health professionals and individuals whose lives have been affected by donation. Their mission is to increase organ, eye and tissue donation in NYS through collaborative advocacy, education, promotion and research.
Learn more about National Donate Life Month and Donate Life NYS at donatelife.ny.gov. To make an appointment at the Ulster County DMV, please visit https://clerk.ulstercountyny.gov/countyclerk/motor-vehicles and click the “Make an Appointment” link.
For further information on this or other outreach programs of the Ulster County Clerk’s Office, please contact County Clerk Nina Postupack at (845) 340-3040, visit the office online at https://clerk.ulstercountyny.gov/countyclerk, or find us on Facebook.