The New York State Senate this week passed legislation to expand the resources available to veterans in need of help finding employment. The measure (S938), sponsored by Senator Thomas Croci (R, Sayville), establishes the Veteran Career Assistance Program which would make veterans eligible to receive the job placement services that are offered to SUNY and CUNY students.
Senator Croci, Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, said “I am proud that the New York Senate has approved such an important piece of legislation for our veterans. We should be doing as much as we can to encourage veterans to return to or join us in New York. We must make New York the most veteran-friendly state in the country.”
In addition to gaining access to a wide network of SUNY and CUNY job placement services and resources, veterans would also receive assistance in building a civilian resume that incorporates their military experiences and skills.
This bill is part of the workforce development components in the Senate Majority’s Jobs and Opportunity Agenda, designed to create thousands of new jobs and strengthen our economy for the future. It includes programs and initiatives to help businesses locate and hire skilled, trained workers and target career resources to hardworking New Yorkers in need of a job.
This week, the Senate also acted on several pieces of legislation to care for and memorialize the courageous men and women across the state who have served in the military, including:
- S723 - sponsored by Senator Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda), allows disabled veterans to only have to show proof of disability one time for a deer management permit. Every year thereafter the proof shall consist of an expired permit.
- S829 - sponsored by Senator Rich Funke (R-C-I, Fairport), authorizes a veteran’s close friend or family member with knowledge of a veteran’s burial wishes to request that such veteran be buried in a state veterans’ cemetery.
- S2390 - sponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), prohibits cemeteries from the unauthorized sale of veteran commemorative cemetery markers, flag holders, monuments, statues, or other physical memorabilia that are over 75 years old.
The bills have been sent to the Assembly.