Legislation to allow charitable organizations to do online fundraising and accept credit cards payments has become law in New York State.

The Charitable Gaming Act was sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.

Griffo and Brindisi say the law gives charities the ability to fund-raise using 21st century technology.

The previous law only allowed in-person sales for raffles and only permitted payment by cash or personal check.

“The modernization of Charitable Gaming in New York State will now allow a secure and convenient way for people to purchase raffle tickets online at any time of day or evening, undoubtedly boosting ticket sales for non-profit organizations, like Sitrin, that conduct raffles to raise necessary funds. We are extremely grateful to Senator Griffo and Assemblyman Brindisi for their tireless efforts to endorse the Charitable Gaming Act,” said Rosemary Bonacci, Vice President, Foundation and Communications, Sitrin Health Care Center in New Hartford.