State Senator Toby Stavisky and Assemblyman Dan Rosenthal of Queens are working to ensure that New York is a sanctuary city for bingo lovers.
The pair co-sponsored legislation that would make it possible to expand the operation of bingo games at senior and community centers.
Currently, state law puts strict restrictions on all games of chance with monetary prizes. Apparently, this means that all of the red-hot action on bingo games across the state can only take place 15 days a year without a state-issued license.
The pair recently visited Pomonok Senior Center to serve as callers for a heated game.
We’re not sure if they were playing a quickie 30-ball bingo with coveralls or the more popular 75-ball version, or even if they were using daubers or hard cards, but we’re sure the jackpot for the session was in violation of several state gaming laws the elected officials were gleefully skirting!
Stavisky and Rosenthal’s bill would expand the number of allowable bingo games, including Hardway, Texas Blackout and Bonanza bingo, to two games per week. And hey, why limit the bingo degeneration to just our senior centers? The bill also applies to nonprofit and religious organizations.
There’s goes civilized society as we know it!
“New York’s restrictions around bingo have been long overdue for a change,” said Rosenthal in his defense. “Bingo provides our seniors with an opportunity to build friendships and keeps spirits high.”
And evidently fleece their fellow seniors out of their SNAP benefits for the month, which will soon be that much easier not that the bill has passed the State Senate and heads for the Assembly.
Who knew our senior centers were secretly operating as illegal bingo halls?
That said, we’ll be there for the next session and take a 10-Up Rainbow Pack of Flimsies!