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NY Assemblyman's ski and snowboard helmet bill gains publicity after Windham death

Jan 19, 2011 9:54 pm
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="134" caption="Felix Ortiz, from his Assembly website."][/caption]WTEN television reports that for six years New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz of Brooklyn has proposed a law requiring the use of helmets on the ski slopes, and the measure is getting more attention since the weekend death of a teenager on Windham Mountain. State police say 18-year-old Erin Clare Malloy-McArdle of Long Island hit a tree on Windham Mountain Sunday morning, and was not wearing a helmet. She died later in the day at Columbia-Memorial Hospital in Hudson. "This bill is about public safety," says Ortiz. "It's about saving lives, and it's a prevention mechanism to prevent accidents like this one from happening in New York State." The ski industry generally opposes such regulations.