Senate advances veterans benefits legislation on Veterans Hall of Fame Day | SehndeWeb

The New York State Senate today passed legislation establishing a SUNY and CUNY college career assistance program, property tax exemptions for qualified veterans, and adding to wait lists of affordable housing available to all qualified veterans or their surviving spouses. To date, the Senate has inducted more than 600 service members into the annual New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Included in the 2022-23 state budget, the Senate majority “got $10.7 million for veterans’ social services and community service organizations, $250,000 for the Health Training Initiative veterans’ mental health and extended the tax credit for hiring a veterinarian for three years. Read the release from the Senate Majority Conference.

“Thanks to the sacrifices millions have made for our nation, New York remains a safe and prosperous haven for people around the world. In honor of the veterans who protected this way of life, we must continue to support their smooth and dignified transition to civilian life, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins mentioned. “I am proud of today’s package which strengthens our veterans programs and provides much needed tax relief to this community. I commend the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator John Brooks, and the sponsors of the bill for moving this important piece of legislation forward, and I offer my deepest gratitude to those who have served our country.

Sponsor of the bill and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, Senator John Brooks, said: “We owe everything to our veterans and our active duty military. Those who serve in the armed forces are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms of their family, friends and neighbors. They are the local heroes of our communities and we must strive to give back to them in any way we can. The transition from military to civilian life, particularly with respect to career planning, will often be an overwhelming process, and the challenges of translating military experience and skills to create an effective civilian resume can present many challenges. That is why I am proud to sponsor a bill that will help ease this transition burden through well-deserved tax exemptions and the creation of the Veterans Career Assistance Program. I am grateful to be able to give something back to those who give so much to us on a daily basis.

The legislation includes:

  • Veterans Career Assistance Program: S1288A, sponsored by Senator John Brooks, will establish the Veterans Career Assistance Program within the SUNY and CUNY systems to provide veterans with resume writing assistance and job placement services.
  • Veterans Tax Exemption: S1378A, sponsored by Senator John Brooks, will create a property tax exemption for property owned by certain persons on active duty in a combat zone.
  • Tax exemption for people with disabilities: S2918A, sponsored by Senator Joseph Addabbo, will establish a 100% property tax exemption for veterans with service-related disabilities.
  • Veteran Cohabitation Exemption: S3402, sponsored by Senator Jamaal Bailey, will provide additional tax exemptions for two qualified veterans living in the same household.
  • Bill to disclose veterans on housing listings: S8500, sponsored by Senator Jamaal Bailey, would require publication of the number of veterans or surviving spouses of veterans on certain housing waiting lists.

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The sponsor of the bill, Senator Joseph Addabbo said, “We have a responsibility to ensure that any veteran who becomes disabled while serving receives benefits that will help reduce stress and improve their overall quality of life. This 100% tax exemption provides much-needed financial relief to veterans and their families, many of whom are friends and neighbors of our communities, who have sacrificed their future while defending ours.

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Jamaal Bailey said, “For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, thank you is not enough. We must ensure that our veterans and their families receive the vital resources, opportunities and stability they need to thrive. S3402 will expand the property tax relief program and increase the tax exemption available to veterans living in the same household. The property tax exemption has helped reduce the financial burden of home ownership for countless families across the state, and this expansion will allow our veterans to significantly benefit from this recognition of their service and sacrifice. S8500 will require the publication of the number of veterans or surviving spouses of veterans on certain housing waiting lists and will help veterans make informed decisions about where to apply for housing. This essential legislation honors our commitment to affordable housing and home ownership for veterans who gave so much in defense of our country and our freedoms. »

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