By Robert Press

Thursday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed into law Intro 891 which will allow Sporting Venues throughout New York City to hold games of chance, such as raffles, for charitable purposes during professional or collegiate sporting events, and to repeal subdivision 8 of section 20-435 of such code, which defines the term “Prizes”, into law. The main sponsor was Councilman Rafael Salamanca with council members Marjorie Velazquez, Shaun Abreu, Lynn C. Schulman, and Darlene Mealy.

Today we are hitting a Home Run for New York City nonprofits said Mayor Adams as he signed Intro 891 inside of Yankee Stadium. New York City is home to some of the greatest sporting teams in the nation, who give back to the community. With the signing of this bill into law we are stepping up to the plate, and making it easier for the Yankees, the Mets, and others to partner with charitable organizations to raise money for New Yorkers. Raffles may be conducted from two hours before the beginning of play until the end of play.

Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson thanked the City Council for pushing this important legislation forward and Mayor Adams for signing Intro 891 into law. By allowing raffles at iconic venues throughout our city teams will be able to raise money for hunger relief, veterans, and will be able to increase their Philanthropic work to support our communities that need it the most. 

“With the introduction of 50/50 fan raffles in New York City sporting venues, we have paved the way for sports teams to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities each season,” said New York City Councilmember Rafael Salamanca, Jr. “I would like to thank Mayor Adams for signing my bill into law today, bringing New York City into alignment with what is already allowed at sports venues across New York State, and virtually every other state in the country. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this new initiative will bring to our city.”

The New York Yankees were represented by Randy Levine and Brian Smith who said that Intro 891 will allow the New York Yankees to provide millions of dollars in additional funding for community based organizations and increase programming and depth of service, strengthening some of the city’s most vital organizations.


Mayor Adams speaking on Intro 891. Councilman Rafael Salamanca and his son standing before him, with Councilwoman Marjorie Velazquez and Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson.



Randy Levine, President of the New York Yankees said this is a giant win for charitable organizations. 



Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson said that our non-profits will be getting an edge now thanks to the City Council passing and Mayor Adams signing Intro 891.



Councilman Rafael Salamanca was glad to have been the prime sponsor of Intro 891 which ended the prohibition of using of raffles at sporting venues for charitable purposes. 



Mayor Eric Adams holds up Intro 891 which he just signed into law. Each person in the photo received a pen that was used to sign Intro 891.

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