by Jon Campbell
Sen. Greg Ball met at the state Capitol on Monday with one of his most high-profile constituents—Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, and a group of veterans met with Cuomo in the Capitol’s Red Room to discuss the “Jobs for Heroes Act,” a bill that would require each state agency to set a goal of awarding 5 percent of contracts to entities owned by service-disabled veterans.
The senator held a news conference and a hearing Monday to tout the bill, and Cuomo announced he would introduce legislation with the same goal.
“We do a very good job in this country of getting young men and women to raise that right hand and say that they are willing to fight and die for the United States of America, but we do not do a great job, either as a state or a nation, in transitioning those men and women back into the workforce,” Ball said in a statement. “With Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is finally going to join the 44 other states and the federal government that have already successfully implemented this program.”
Cuomo lives in New Castle, Westchester County, which falls into the southern portion of Ball’s Senate district.
Ball and Cuomo have not always seen eye to eye.
When the Senate passed the SAFE Act last year, Ball—who voted against the tougher gun laws—suggested it was being done just to advance Cuomo’s presidential aspirations.
Cuomo’s bill would create a Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development to coordinate efforts.
“Supporting small businesses owned by New York’s service-disabled veterans is just one way that we can honor the tremendous sacrifice that these brave individuals have made for our State and nation,” Cuomo said in a statement. (ARTICLE)