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New York Campaign Takes Off

Compassion & Choices has long had a robust presence in New York. But in the year since launching our campaign to authorize aid in dying in the state, we’ve made explosive progress.

Corinne A. Carey, most recently assistant legislative director for the New York Civil Liberties Union, was hired as C&C’s New York campaign director. She is responsible for leading the organization’s advocacy campaign for death-with-dignity legislation in the state.

Her hiring coincides with unprecedented, bipartisan progress on death with dignity in the capital: State Senators Diane Savino (D, IDC) and Brad Hoylman (D) introduced the New York End of Life Options Act in the legislature. The bill is matched in the legislature’s other chamber by one sponsored by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D). Carey has been working closely with Senators Savino and Hoylman to build strong support for their bill, knowing that the Senate is key to any legislation’s passage in New York.

Carey and her team have also been busy making connections throughout the state with other lawmakers and the public, and a recent poll reflects an astounding level of support in New York with 77% of those polled expressing support for medical aid in dying; the number grew to 81% after voters heard opposition arguments and details of the legislation. The poll found that clear majority support extends across lines based on respondents’ religious affiliation, level of education, political party enrollment, gender, age and region of the state.

“As we connect with voters, advocates and legislators, I’m confident that New York will become the next state to authorize death with dignity,” said Carey.

Keep track of what’s happening in New York – or in your area – on our state pages.