“From my point of view, I’m going to be able to get somebody to change the laws just so much, and I’m not sure it’s going to be enough to satisfy what you’d like to do here because it’s not really the penny bingo as I thought it was,” she said.
Duprey also noted that the Assembly doesn’t go back into session until January, and even then, in order for the law to change, it would have to be passed by both the Assembly and Senate and signed by the governor.
“We’re not going to go through that if ... it still isn’t what is going to satisfy what you want to be able to do,” she said, adding that she would see what she could find out and be back in touch with the bingo group.
Both Wemette and Nichols told the Press-Republican after the meeting that they would be satisfied being permitted to sell only the penny cards just to keep the group going but would also like to be able to play once a week.
“This way, it gets the seniors and the disabled out,” Nichols said. “We don’t even have to have an annual fee or a bank account.”
She noted that offering just 15 days of bingo a year likely wouldn’t be enough to keep people coming.
“I think we’d lose a lot of people,” Nichols said, adding that the group used to get anywhere from 20 to 30 players, some of whom came from surrounding areas, including Keeseville and AuSable.
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