PEF Member: Recently, the New York State Senate and Assembly both passed legislation to allow all honorably discharged veterans the ability to buy back up to three years of public service credit for the time they served in the military. This law would put New York in line with other states in terms of providing this small token of gratitude for our veterans. Currently, New York law allows for some veterans to receive this benefit, but it excludes many, including most women who have served.
This bill treats all veterans with the respect they deserve and would eliminate the difference between war and peacetime service. The bill is also gender neutral since females have not been able to serve in conflicts and cannot receive the current benefit.
The Governor has until June 1 to either sign or veto this important bill. You can contact Governor Cuomo’s office by phone at (518) 474-8390 or by submitting comments here. https://www.governor.ny.gov/contact In all communications, please refer to S.7160/A.9531.
Additional information on the legislation can be found here. https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2015/S7160