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New York Council Bill Would Require Defibrillators at...

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The New York City Council is set to introduce legislation that would require defibrillators at all city baseball and Little League fields.

The bill mandates that defibrillators, which re-establish normal heart function with an electric shock, be ready before the start of the next spring's baseball season.

Officials said the legislation will be introduced on Thursday and a vote will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo support the measure.

The Staten Island Heart Society will provide each council member four defibrillators for use in the program.

Officials said the rest would be purchased with city funds.

The bill will be introduced just hours before the council plays Mayor Bill de Blasio's office in their annual softball game.