Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi say they're disappointed that Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have allowed charities to accept credit and debit card payments for raffles.

The Charitable Gaming Act was co-sponsored by Griffo and Brindisi.

They say as a result of the veto, many local charities and non-profit groups may not be able to continue raffle fundraisers as a major source of revenue.

In addition to using credit and debit cards for payments, the legislation would have also allowed charitable organizations to conduct their raffles sales over the internet instead of accepting cash only payments.

Griffo said: “This legislation had the potential to help so many people in need all across the state, yet the Governor’s rejection of the Charitable Gaming Act will further undermine the important fundraising efforts of so many local charities and organizations. The burdensome restrictions that remain in place concerning how charity raffle tickets can be purchased will continue to make it harder for these organizations to fund important programs, and I am disappointed by the Governor’s veto.”

 

Brindisi said: “I am incredibly disappointed the Governor chose to veto this well-intentioned legislation that would have allowed local charities and non-profits to utilize current technologies like online sales to aid in raising funds through raffles. As a result, many charities will continue to struggle to raise funds through raffles, thus limiting the amount of revenue they bring in to support meaningful projects that benefit the people that live in this community.”

Both lawmakers are urging any affected organizations to contact the Governor's Office to voice their dismay and disappointment.