New Law Requires Warning to Football Parents

Programs must provide info on concussion risk

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sept. 3 enacted a law requiring schools and private organizations that organize tackle football programs for children and teens to provide the parents or guardians of players with information regarding the risks of blows to the head that can cause concussions or other brain injuries.

The bill, first introduced in 2013, passed unanimously in the Senate (61-0) and 143-1 in the Assembly, with support from Sandy Galef (whose district includes Philipstown) and Jonathan Jacobson (whose district includes Beacon). It takes effect on Dec. 2.

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