Albany, N.Y. – 01/06/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement about Governor Cuomo’s plan to support the “NY Jobs For Heroes Program” to help businesses owned by disabled veterans.
“Providing this earned opportunity to our heroes is commonsense but cannot get done without the Governor’s active support. New York state is behind 40 other states that have already enacted this set aside. Two weeks ago, I sent a letter to Governor Cuomo and the Legislature asking them to join my efforts in strengthening job opportunities for our service-connected disabled veterans. The Governor’s public and recent support is exactly the kick in the pants this bill needed to make it a reality. I am very happy to welcome Governor Cuomo aboard our statewide mission to create a ‘NY Jobs For Heroes Program’ in New York State. With his support, I am optimistic that this can be the year we pass this bill to join the nearly 40 other states that offer this three percent contract set aside,” said Senator Greg Ball. “One in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners. The same attributes that make these people so vital to defending our freedom are the same hard earned intangibles that make them exceptional at running their businesses. We have been trailing the nation on this front for far too long. I urge residents to join our cause and sign the ‘NY Jobs For Heroes’ petition on my website. The time to get this done is NOW!”
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