Assemblyman Andrew Raia (right) and Assemblyman James Conte (left) welcome former professional hockey player and New York Islanders right-winger Bob Nystrom to the Assembly chamber recently. Nystrom was in Albany to urge lawmakers to lift a cap on the amount of prize money organizations can award their winners.
“As a Long Islander I was proud to stand next to the hero of the Islanders’ 1980 Stanley Cup win,” said Raia. “Bob Nystrom takes the same competitive focus he used on the ice and applies it to charitable activities today. We could use an athlete like Bob in Albany these days to ‘face-off’ against the special interests and entrenched politicians impeding meaningful legislation like the much-delayed state budget vote.”
“By lifting the cap on prizes awarded by charities, the state is helping these organizations raise more money, which, in turn, allows them to serve more people in the community. This would be a win-win for Long Island,” said Conte.