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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

When Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski adds his name to New York state’s organ donor list this afternoon, he will be just the first of many Niagara County leaders doing so today.

That’s because Jastrzemski has spent the past weekend reaching out to local elected and appointed officials, making sure they “lead by example” and help reverse New York State’s second-worst-in-the-nation organ donor status. Jastrzemski, who heads up the county’s motor vehicle departments, said information provided to him by Upstate New York Transplant Services and the New York State Association of Counties convinced him that leadership is needed on the issue.

“I, myself, am not a donor, although I will fix that at 3 o’clock this afternoon,” Jastrzemski said this morning, before attending a UNYTS press conference in Buffalo urging greater donor registry participation. “I challenged many of my fellow elected and appointed leaders in county government and local municipalities to do the same, and they are leading from the front on this issue.”

New County Manager Richard E. Updegrove is among those supporting Jastrzemski’s efforts.

The group will join together at the Lockport DMV, 111 Main St., for a mass donor registry sign-up today at 3 p.m.

“We hope members of our community will understand how important this is, and join us in giving the gift of life,” Jastrzemski said.

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