State Sen. Tony Avella has introduced Senate bills S.7276 and S.7335, which would create a new Lottery scratch off game, whose proceeds would be strictly dedicated to a new Community Grant Fund (“Avella seeks more aid for nonprofit groups,” Aug. 9). According to the senator, this fund would benefit community groups administering educational, recreational, cultural, senior or veterans programs, and those groups providing volunteer ambulance services in our state.
This would be a big help to nonprofits all over the state who have suffered over the last three years because of the loss of state funding. In Northeast Queens, vital community organizations like the Alley Pond Environmental Center, the Poppenhusen Institute, the Bayside Historical Society, the Queens Historical Society, the Queens Botanical Garden and the Queens Farm Museum would receive much-needed financial support to continue their important work and educational programs. In addition, our great volunteer community ambulance services would receive financial aid as well.
As a community and civic person, I applaud this innovative and creative approach sponsored by Sen. Avella. I also thank community leader James Trent, whose idea to use this kind of Lottery-generated money to sustain nonprofits helped to lead to Sen. Avella’s proposals.
We all need to encourage the enactment of this legislation. Our nonprofits cannot continue their important work without funding. Please call Gov. Cuomo at (518) 474-8390, state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos at (518) 455-3171, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at (518) 455-3791 and your local state senator and Assembly member to urge them to support Sen. Avella’s legislation. Call Sen. Avella at (718) 357-3094 to show your support for his legislation as well. Thank you.