Elected Officials Football Game Raises Money for Veterans
On Sunday, November 20, elected officials from New York City and Long Island came together for the 4th Annual Elected Officials Touch Football Classic to raise money for two New York State Veterans Homes. While past games have been played between Queens and Bronx elected officials, this year organizers took the friendly competition to a new level by playing New York City versus Long Island to determine the downstate champs. After two hard-fought 30-minute halves, Long Island won the game 8-5. All proceeds from the game will go the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans and the New York State Veterans Home at Stony Brook.
“While we all had great fun playing an afternoon of touch football, the most important part of this game is the support we are able to give our veterans,” said Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) who is the Chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “It is a great honor to organize and play in this game and to raise money to support two great homes that provide medical care for hundreds of veterans in New York City and Long Island.
The game was attended by several residents of the New York State Veteran’s Home at St. Albans. In addition to Assemblyman DenDekker, participants included Senators Jose Peralta and Phil Boyle, Assemblymen Jeff Aubry, Ed Braunstein, Brian Curran, and Francisco Moya, City Councilman Barry Grodenchik, former Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, former New York City Comptroller John Liu, as well as a representative from Governor Cuomo’s office.