Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) announced the passage of a bill he authored that would add two spots to be held by local EMS councilmembers to the New York State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (A.7311). This bill would allow Western New York to be fully represented in the committee by including the Southwest Regional EMS Council and the Big Lakes Regional EMS Council.
“Every Regional EMS Council should be allowed to join and participate in the New York State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee,” Gabryszak said. “This bill will ensure that Western New York’s voice is heard when it comes to developing and improving the emergency medical services in our state.”
The New York State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee assists the state Department of Health in establishing rules, regulations and guidelines for the operation of the state’s emergency medical services system. Currently, there are 29 positions in the committee, which include physicians from each regional EMS council; a physician from New York City; one pediatrician; one trauma surgeon; one psychiatrist; the chairperson; and eight non-physician, non-voting members. This legislation would create two more spots, increasing the number of positions to 31, and make certain Western New York is properly represented, Gabryszak said.
At present, only one of the three regional EMS councils located in Western New York – the Erie Regional EMS Council – is represented in the committee. The Southwest Regional EMS Council and the Big Lakes Regional EMS Council are not represented.
“Western New York has been underrepresented in the state Emergency Medical Advisory Committee for far too long,” Gabryszak said. “The current system is unfair and illogical. That’s why I’m committed to including all regional EMS councils in the committee. The health and safety of Western New Yorkers depends on it.”