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Brewster,  N.Y. – (07/18/11) – A bill that protects the jobs of public employees who are called to serve their country is now on the books in New York State. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed The Ball, Castelli Military Protection Act (S4583A) into law. The bill, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge), protects public employees’ jobs when they are absent on military duty.

“The last thing a deploying soldier should have to worry about is whether he or she has a job when they come home,” said Senator Ball, who is the Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. “I am proud to have worked with my fellow veteran, friend and colleague Bob Castelli, in getting this important piece of legislation passed and signed by the Governor," added Chairman Ball. 

The legislation was created following the layoffs of Army Sergeants Anddy Moreno and Alvin Taylor, who were let get by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) last year while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill says that no public employer in New York shall abolish a position occupied by a person absent on military duty, based solely upon the fact that the positions are filled by individuals engaged in military duty.

The legislation passed in the New York State Assembly, sponsored by Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli.

Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli said, “I am pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed this important piece of legislation, protecting our State’s Guard, and Reserve military personnel from employment discrimination while activated in the service of their Country. The protections provided in this bill are an important first step in ensuring that when our military service members deploy in the service of their Country, that we on the home front will protect their jobs for them, while they protect our freedom for us.”

For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.