The New York State Senate today passed seven measures dedicated to improving the lives of veterans in honor of their service to the state and country. The Senate also celebrated the achievements of veterans from across the state during the Senate’s annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Coalition Co-Leader said, “We are all thankful for the courage and sacrifices of New York’s veterans, and our Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame is a wonderful opportunity to honor the heroes from our communities who have fought to defend our freedoms. Along with the bills passed today, the Senate is committed to showing our veterans that we care and want them to succeed, and we are truly proud to support them.”
Senate Independent Conference Leader and Coalition Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein said, “Every year, we in the Senate pay tribute to our veterans and honor the great sacrifices they have made for our country. We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who bravely served in our military. They are the true protectors of our democracy, our freedom, and our great nation. Our annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame ceremony and the legislation we passed today is just one small way to say thank you.”
The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. Information about the lives of more than 50 veterans inducted into the Hall of Fame today is posted athttp://www.nysenate.gov/initiative/honoring-our-veterans.
Legislation passed today that would benefit veterans includes:
S6577A sponsored by Senator Terrence Murphy (R-C-I, Yorktown) allows New York State income tax filers to contribute to the Veterans’ Home Assistance Fund;
S2245C sponsored by Senator David Carlucci (D, Rockland/Westchester) gives school districts the option to offer real property tax exemptions to eligible veterans;
S1200A sponsored by Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-C, Halfmoon) provides an increase in the rates of annuities payable to veterans and surviving spouses of veterans from $1,000 to $1,500;
S3408 sponsored by Senator Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawonda) allows any veteran who has served this nation to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in service;
S2263 sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome) allows those with military service and honorable discharge to attend classes at the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) on a tuition-free audit basis; and
S870 sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst) permits each county, city, town, or village to adopt a local law to authorize veterans who have not been discharged or released from a current, subsequent military service to receive an additional veteran real property owner tax exemption.
The Senate today also gave final passage to S3137C, sponsored by Senator Tom Croci (R, Sayville), which requires the State Division of Veteran Affairs to maintain a fact sheet on their website containing contact information for all Veterans Integrated Service Networks in New York and for the U.S. Veterans Health Administration to help veterans better navigate the health care system.
All bills have been sent to the Assembly, except S3137C, which will be sent to the Governor.