NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the Senate Labor Committee’s passage of his bill to establish a New York State Service Corps (S.146/A.8201-Niou):
“A stronger New York State Service Corps has the ability to create a path to opportunity for New Yorkers across the state, as well as help address student loan debt, provide job training, and encourage the next generation of service and engagement. Goals that are more important than ever in the face of short-sighted federal proposals to eliminate AmeriCorps.
“Today, the Senate’s Labor Committee agreed that this proposal is an important part of helping New Yorkers get ahead, begin careers in service, and help with college affordability. It’s important the Senate quickly take up the bill in Rules and bring it to the floor. I thank Chair Alcantara, my colleagues, and Assemblymember Niou.”
Squadron’s bill is part of a package of legislation put forward by the Senate Democratic Policy Group, which he chairs. The proposal would expand state service programs and pair them with tuition and loan repayment support. President Trump’s budget proposal includes elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which houses AmeriCorps and other service programs.