PEF scored legislative victories recently when three priority bills passed through the Senate and Assembly and will now be headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed sometime before the end of the calendar year.
The Veterans Equality Bill (A8174A/S5937 – Paulin/Larkin) swiftly passed through the Senate and just last night made it through the Assembly with approval. The bill would extend the opportunity for all honorably discharged public sector veterans to buy back up to three years of military service to credit their pensions. The bill made it through the legislative session last year, only to have it vetoed by the governor just before Veterans Day.
Another bill that passed through the Senate and Assembly (A7332/S4994 – Lupardo/Libous) provides continuation of state operated services to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) consumers in state operated community settings.
Finally, the bill enacting pension justice for families of deceased retirees (A6045B/S4141B – Abbate/Golden) also passed both houses and is awaiting the governor’s signature. This bill makes a United States Postal Service postmark the retirement date, if a person files his/her retirement papers and dies between the date the Office of the State Comptroller receives them and the actual retirement date.
All the bills now will be sent to the governor before December 31 to be signed.