(Albany, NY) Today, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) voted to pass a package of legislation that extends or creates programs to honor our brave veterans and active military personnel who serve our nation.
“Our veterans and active military personnel have made brave sacrifices on behalf of us all in their service to the nation,” Senator Carlucci said. “This legislation is a way for us to say thank you and show our continued support for their courage and dedication. By passing this package of bills, we hope to expand their opportunities and enhance their quality of life.”
The package is comprised of the following bills:
S656: Authorizes the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to designate organized fishing events to provide physical and emotional rehabilitation for current and former members of the armed forces. A fishing license would not be required to participate.
S1728: Make the desecration of a veterans grave site, regardless of the value of the damaged or stolen property a class E felony.
S2421: Allows ballots of deceased military personnel to be counted toward the election for which they were cast even if the person dies before the election.
S1431: Gives the authority to the Adjutant General to present a burial flag to those who have served in the New York Guard.
S1504: Prohibits the unauthorized sale, purchase or transfer of any cemetery marker, flag holder, monument, statue or other physical memorabilia that is over 75 years old that commemorates the life or death of a veteran or groups of veterans.
S2424A: Establishes the “New York State Veterans Cemetery Act”, to conduct an investigation and study on establishing a New York State veterans cemetery.
S3484: Extends the program established in 1996 which offers tuition waivers and incentive benefits that service personnel may receive until march 31, 2017. The program was set to expire on March 31, 2011.
S3900: Protects mourners at military funerals by prohibiting disruptive behavior, such as protests, 500 feet of a funeral service for a military service person who died while serving.