Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli and Julie Cecile, then executive director of the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site, demonstrate how a doll can help teach about the permanent and tragic consequences of Shaken Baby Syndrome. The doll from Realityworks uses lights to simulate brain damage or death from being violently shaken. Magnarelli is a vocal advocate of how education can help prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. He has introduced three pieces of legislation that have become New York State law allowing for the showing of a video about the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome to new mothers, high school students and prison inmates.
February 16, 2011
The Missing Vulnerable Adults Alert was sponsored by Assemblyman William Magnarelli. The Alzheimer's Association of Central New York celebrated the bill's passage. It works much like the AMBER Alert system for children, alerting the public when there is a missing person who is believed to be vulnerable. Magnarelli says it's especially important when the temperature starts to drop. "If someone wanders off in the middle of June, that's one thing. If somebody wanders off with just a shirt on and leaves a nursing home or facility and it’s the middle of winter, you don't have a lot of time," said Magnarelli.
Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli was the prime sponsor for three pieces of legislation, the first of its kind in New York State:
Amber Alert (2002): increases the potential for rapidly identifying and locating suspected child abductors by broadcasting pertinent information to the greatest number of people in the shortest possible time.
Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert (2011): modeled after Amber Alert, this system similarly broadcasts early and timely warnings of missing vulnerable adults with diminished mental abilities or physical impairments.
Shaken Baby Syndrome (2004): requires hospitals, birth centers, secondary school parenting classes and all NYS inmates to receive education and information on the dangers of “shaken baby syndrome”. The Assemblyman also sponsors a yearly Assembly resolution to promote Shaken Baby Syndrome awareness in New York.