Councilman Calls For Defibrillators At Softball Games Played On City-Owned Land

May 23, 2018 - 2:35 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- After New York City enacted a 2016 law requiring automated external defibrillators be on hand for all youth baseball games played on city-owned land, softball coaches said, “Wait a minute, what about us?”

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, City Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo (R-50th) wrote the legislation putting defibrillators at youth baseball games. He now has a new measure requiring them for softball games played on city-owned land.

"According to (the) Parks (Department), about 100 youth softball leagues that field about 500 teams would be added to this program under this bill," Matteo said.

Matteo added that any sport where an impact to the chest presents a risk of cardiac arrest deserves protection.

“Listen – we’re going to look to expand it to other sports as well. We’re getting a lot of calls for lacrosse,” he said, “and so this is, I think, step two of a continuing expansion.”