AP: CUOMO TO BOOST OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS

 

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    In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to announce efforts to help the state’s roughly 900,000 military veterans, the Associated Press reported this morning.

    It’s the latest detail about the governor’s speech. It’s planned to focus heavily on the economy, jobs and property taxes.

    On Saturday, the New York Times reported that Cuomo plans a limited legalization of medical marijuana. The Daily News said he will also seek to boost spending on affordable housing.

    The AP, citing unnamed sources, said that Cuomo will seek to target businesses owned by disabled veterans for some state contracts and hold a summit on veterans’ issues—which would be the latest in a series of summits he has held on various issues since he took office.

    Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, has a bill that would give preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

    Ball, who heads the Senate Homeland Security and Veterans Committee, recently went on MSNBCand said New York’s treatment of veterans returning from combat amounts to a “dereliction of duty.” (ARTICLE)