Chairman Ball Urges Action on Honor Deserving of New York Veterans
Brewster, N.Y. – (07/19/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is getting the word out about legislation that would create a State Veterans Cemetery in New York. The bill, sponsored by Ball, passed in the New York State Senate (S5381A/A1386A) on June 21, 2011. It is considered the launching point for an honor deserving of New York’s heroes, but it still needs approval in the New York State Assembly, as well as a signature from Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Chairman Ball is urging his colleagues in the Assembly, as well as Governor Cuomo, to act on the legislation. He’s holding a meeting this week to inform residents about the bill, as well as the United States Veterans Cemetery Grant Program, which has helped establish, expand and improve 79 veterans cemeteries in 38 states and territories, provided nearly 28,000 burials in 2010 alone! The VA has awarded grants totaling more than $438 million. New York has never participated in this federally-sponsored program, leaving thousands of New York State veterans without access to this earned benefit.
Who: Senator Greg Ball
When: Thursday, July 21st from 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: Spain Memorial Cornerstone Park
1 Fair Street
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.