senate Bill S2574

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Provides to the issuance of a Cold War Certificate to resident veterans who served honorably in the armed forces between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Nov 13, 2013 signed chap.477
Nov 01, 2013 delivered to governor
Jun 12, 2013 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1241
substituted for s2574
Jun 12, 2013 substituted by a5890
Jun 11, 2013 ordered to third reading cal.1241
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 07, 2013 reported and committed to finance
Jan 22, 2013 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

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Jun 11, 2013 - Rules committee Vote

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May 7, 2013 - Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee Vote

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Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee Vote: May 7, 2013

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S2574 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5890
Law Section:
Military Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง247, Mil L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S5788, A7379A
2009-2010: A6456A

S2574 - Bill Texts

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Provides for the issuance of a Cold War Certificate to resident veterans who served honorably in the armed forces between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991.

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BILL NUMBER:S2574

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the military law, in relation to the issuance of a Cold War
certificate

PURPOSE:
This bill would allow for the recognition of the contributions of our
service men and women who served honorably during the Cold War by
authorizing and awarding a State Cold War Certificate to these
individuals.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends Section 247 of the military law by adding a new subdivision
1-b, which would authorize the governor to present in the name of the
Legislature of the state of New York, a military decoration, to be
known as the "Cold War Certificate."

The certificate would be awarded to any person who is a citizen of the
state of New York or was a citizen of the state of New York while
serving in the Armed forces of the United States, who served in the
United States Armed Forces during the period of time from September
second, nineteen hundred forty-five through December twenty-sixth,
nineteen hundred ninety-one, commonly known as the Cold War Era and
who was honorably discharged or released under honorable
circumstances during the Cold War Era.

Amends Subdivision 4 of Section 247 of the Military Law to include
that the section shall not construed to require a recipient of the
Cold War service medal to have been a resident of the state of New
York at the time of his or her entry into the United States army, air
force, navy, marine corps, or nurses corps.

JUSTIFICATION:
In 1988 the United States Government recognized the contribution of
its armed forces and their sacrifices during the Cold War with a
Certificate of Recognition that had to be requested from the
Department of Defense. No federal campaign medal exists to recognize
the dedicated participation
of those service members who "stood watch" in the cause of
promoting world peace and stability, and who also participated in
hundred of military exercises and operations that occurred between the
state of the Cold War on September 2, 1945 and the end of the Cold
War on December 26, 1991.

The United States Government has not authorized or recognized a Cold
War Certificate dedicated to the service of these veterans who
sacrificed so much, many of whom performed actions and duties till
shrouded in secrecy so that they receive and maintain no identity as
Cold War Veterans.

These thousands of New York State Cold War Veterans prevented
communist world domination and nuclear war. Therefore, it is fitting
that these service members who served honorable during this era


receive proper state recognition for their efforts in the form of a
State Cold War certification.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2006: A.10966 Ortiz Passed Assembly
2007/08: A.5156 - Passed both houses, Vetoed
2009/10: A.6465A - Passed Assembly, Died in Senate
6/16/11 Referred to Rules
3/13/12 Reported and Committed to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the on the one hundred twentieth day
after it shall have become a law; provided that the division of
military and naval affairs is authorized to promulgate any and all
rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to
implement this act on its effective date on or after such date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2574

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 22, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BALL  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi-
  ty and Military Affairs

AN ACT to amend the military law, in relation to the issuance of a  Cold
  War certificate

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 247 of the military law is amended by adding a  new
subdivision 1-b to read as follows:
  1-B.  THE ADJUTANT GENERAL IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO PRESENT IN THE NAME
OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, A CERTIFICATE, TO BE  KNOWN
AS  THE  "COLD  WAR CERTIFICATE", BEARING A SUITABLE INSCRIPTION, TO ANY
PERSON: (I) WHO IS A CITIZEN OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK OR (II) WHO WAS  A
CITIZEN  OF  THE  STATE OF NEW YORK WHILE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF
THE UNITED STATES; (III) WHO SERVED IN THE UNITED  STATES  ARMED  FORCES
DURING  THE  PERIOD  OF  TIME  FROM  SEPTEMBER  SECOND, NINETEEN HUNDRED
FORTY-FIVE THROUGH DECEMBER TWENTY-SIXTH, NINETEEN  HUNDRED  NINETY-ONE,
COMMONLY  KNOWN  AS  THE  COLD  WAR  ERA;  AND  (IV)  WHO  WAS HONORABLY
DISCHARGED OR RELEASED UNDER HONORABLE CIRCUMSTANCES DURING THE COLD WAR
ERA. NOT MORE  THAN  ONE  COLD  WAR  CERTIFICATE  SHALL  BE  AWARDED  OR
PRESENTED, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION, TO ANY PERSON WHOSE
ENTIRE SERVICE SUBSEQUENT TO THE TIME OF THE RECEIPT OF SUCH MEDAL SHALL
NOT  HAVE BEEN HONORABLE. IN THE EVENT OF THE DEATH OF ANY PERSON DURING
OR SUBSEQUENT TO THE RECEIPT OF SUCH CERTIFICATE IT SHALL  BE  PRESENTED
TO  SUCH  REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DECEASED AS MAY BE DESIGNATED. THE ADJU-
TANT GENERAL, IN CONSULTATION WITH  THE  DIRECTOR  OF  THE  DIVISION  OF
VETERANS'  AFFAIRS,  SHALL  MAKE  SUCH  RULES  AND REGULATIONS AS MAY BE
DEEMED NECESSARY FOR THE PROPER PRESENTATION  AND  DISTRIBUTION  OF  THE
CERTIFICATE.
  S  2.  Subdivision 4 of section 247 of the military law, as amended by
chapter 184 of the laws of 1998, is amended to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD07292-01-3

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  4. This section shall not be construed to require that a recipient  of
the  conspicuous service cross [or], the conspicuous service star OR THE
COLD WAR CERTIFICATE has been a resident of the state of New York at the
time of his or her entry into the United States army, air  force,  navy,
marine corps, or nurses corps.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it  shall  have become a law. The division of military and naval affairs
is authorized to promulgate any and all rules and regulations  and  take
any  other measures necessary to implement the provisions of this act on
its effective date on or before such date.

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