Gov. Andrew Cuomo has put his stamp of approval on a bill that allows out-of-state health care professionals to work with athletes at the Lake Placid Ironman competition.
The legislation was first introduced by state Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. It passed both legislative chambers earlier this year and was signed into law by Cuomo Wednesday.
According to Little, the bill authorizes health care professionals from state's other than New York to provide services for athletes competing in the popular triathlon, held annually in Lake Placid and surrounding communities.
That means out-of-state licensed professionals - like massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and podiatrists - will be allowed to practice at the event.
But they must be volunteers and be sanctioned by the World Triathlon Corporation, Little notes.
"These health care professionals serve a critical role each year," she said in an email, noting that their immediate attention helps athletes recover quickly and safely from the grueling event.
Sayward says the bill had strong bipartisan support.
"It is important to the success of an event that brings excitement and honor to our region," she said.
The legislation is not permanent and must be reintroduced every year - but Sayward and Little note that it passed earlier this year than ever before.
The legislation takes effect July 20 and expires July 25.