Firefighters from Kingston and Newburgh were in Albany to discuss their legislative priorities with local Legislators. They met with Senator Bill Larkin for a review of their top issues, which included the Triborough Amendment.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo requesting that the state pick up a $102 million tab hitting employers across the state.
The New York State Department of Labor is currently billing employers statewide $12.75 for each person they employ. Due in September, this "Interest Assessment Surcharge" is being collected so New York can make an interest payment on a $4 billion loan it took out from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits.
In his letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Larkin suggested that rather than bill employers, New York should pick up the cost using a portion of the $340 million in settlement payments the state is set to receive from the Standard Charter Bank investigation.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that Senate bill S.7839 has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his review and action. This legislation, an extension of the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000, would allow all honorably discharged veterans who are members of the New York State Public Retirement System to purchase up to three years of service credit for military service. Currently, only public employees who served in the armed forces during certain military conflicts are permitted to receive this pension benefit.