Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) announced Thursday that he has signed on as a cosponsor of new legislation, coined the Charitable Gaming Act of 2016, which would allow charitable organizations and raffle holders to accept credit and legal tender for raffles as well as advertise and sell tickets online.
Hawley has also introduced his own legislation, A.10516, to remedy New York’s archaic and detrimental gaming laws.
“I am eager to see this bill come to the floor for a vote,” Hawley said. “It is scheduled to pass through committee today, and being authored by a Majority member gives it that much more potential to move through the legislative process.
"As I’ve said before, this is an issue that affects communities and benevolent organizations all across the state. Our statutes need to catch up with technology before more damage is done, and that is exactly what this legislation aims to do.”
Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I- Batavia) today encouraged groups that hold raffles for fundraising and charity to write letters of support to Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-Mt. Vernon), chair of the Assembly’s Racing and Wagering Committee, encouraging him to introduce legislation that would help groups like the Stafford Fire Department legally operate their raffles.
“It is gravely important to our end goal of bringing back the Stafford car raffle that local groups write letters to Assemblyman Pretlow urging him to introduce the legislation that I have written,” Hawley said. “This is the first step in getting legislation passed. We have to show Assembly leadership that there is intense grassroots support for this legislation and that thousands of non-profits and charitable organizations will be gravely impacted if this injustice isn’t corrected.”
Current gaming regulations do not allow charitable groups and non-profits to collect raffle fees using check or credit cards and do not allow the sale of tickets outside of the county which the event will be taking place. The Stafford Fire Dept. previously sold tickets nationwide for its annual car raffle and used the proceeds for charitable donations and to fund the department.
Letters to Assemblyman Pretlow should include information about the group’s previous raffles and what profits were used for. A copy should be sent as soon as possible to Pretlow’s Albany office, his district office and Hawley’s district office. If you have any questions please call Hawley’s office at 585-589-5780. Pretlow’s office addresses are below.
Assemblyman Gary Pretlow
Albany, NY 12248
Assemblyman Gary Pretlow
6 Gramatan Ave.
Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
Assemblyman Steve Hawley
121 N. Main St.
Albion, NY 14411
Elba Betterment Committee 2nd Annual Basket Raffle. Over $1,000 worth of gifts and prizes donated by farms, small businesses and churches in Elba. Drawing on Friday, April 3rd, 7:00 pm at Chap's Elba Diner. Tickets are $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00 and are on sale now at Chap's or from any member of the Betterment Committee. Contact Joanne Soules at 409-3183 or Pauli Miano at 356-1561 with questions or to purchse tickets.
Notre Dame's 23rd Annual Trip Night will be held at Batavia Downs Gaming, 8315 Park Road, Batavia, NY.
Dinner, drinks, raffles, entertainment, fun!!!
For ticket information call: 585-343-2783
For sponsorship information call: 585-813-5371
Complete details are available at: www.ndhsbatavia.com
St. Padre Pio Parish is holding their annual Penny Social on Sunday, December 4 at the Elba Fireman's Recreation Hall, Route 98 in Elba. Doors open at noon. Raffles start at 2:00. Refreshments will be served. Door Prizes and $100.00 money tree raffle
Join us on Thursday September 15th at St. Mary's Church (Basement) for a special Fundraiser for RAP! Several vendors will be there from 6pm-9pm to offer their wares. We will have Chinese Auctions, raffles, and much much more. Learn more about RAP by visiting their website at: www.geneseeny.com/rap.
If you are interested in participating please contact Dawn Vanderkooi at 585-698-4857 or firstname.lastname@example.org