2006-10-13 / Community

Addabbo Calls For Defibrillators In All Schools

Increases Property Exemption

City Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. has announced that he has cosponsored two pieces of legislation in the Council aimed at aiding disabled citizens and providing defibrillators in all New York City schools.

The first piece of legislation cosponsored by Addabbo, Intro No. 444, would increase the maximum qualifying income for the Disabled Homeowner's Exemption (DHE). The DHE is available to property owners who receive Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income or other disability benefits.

Currently the total adjusted income of all owners of the property must be less than $32,400 a year to qualify for the Disabled Homeowner's Exemption.

DHE provides property tax exemptions ranging from 5 percent to 45 percent of the assessed value of the property based on owner income. The council legislation cosponsored by Addabbo would increase the maximum qualifying income for the property tax exemption on the assessed valuation of the property to $34,400 for 2006, $35,400 for 2007, $36,400 for 2008 and $37,400 for 2009. The bill also increases eligibility ranges for graduated tax exemptions. Addabbo said the purpose of this legislation is to increase the number of people who will now be able to qualify for the Disabled Homeowner's Exemption.

The second bill cosponsored by Addabbo, Intro No. 451, would require the department of health and mental hygiene to make automated external defibrillators available to primary, intermediate and high schools.

According to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest is responsible for 160,000 deaths a year nationally.

When caused by an abnormal heart rhythm, sudden cardiac arrest need not result in death if the heart can be shocked quickly with a defibrillator and a normal rhythm restored. When properly used, an automated external defibrillator (AED) performs an analysis of the heart rhythm, determines if defibrillation is required and, if needed, delivers an electrical shock. Survival rates can be 50% higher if a defibrillator is used within the first six minutes of a heart attack, according to medical authorities.

In March 2005, the city council enacted legislation requiring the placement of automatic external defibrillators in certain public places. Addabbo's bill expands the placement of these lifesaving devices to the city's public schools.

For further information about this legislation contact Councilman Addabbo's office at 718-738-1111.

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