"It really affects the whole family," he said. "These families need our support. The ASA does great work. I was very happy to see [Democratic Congressmen Paul] Tonko show up for the event as well."
Tonko stressed the importance of community effort in a speech at the event.
Santabarbara said that as an elected official, there is a need to reach out and help the community in any way possible.
"It find it very rewarding, to have all those parts in sync and give back to the community," he said. "I really believe that our work will change lives." ""