Dale Beatty_ Purple Heart HomesAlbany, N.Y. – 01/17/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, has announced that Governor Cuomo has signed the “Veterans’ Employment Act” (S5504A) and the bill will now become state law.

This bill, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball, will give military veterans preference for temporary state jobs that the state normally fills with employees from for-profit temporary services companies.

“We jump through hoops to prepare young men and women to enter into the military, but once they finish their service there is often very little transition back into civilian life. Many of our servicemen and women find this transition very difficult and often times can’t find meaningful employment upon their return,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This new law will help lead our unemployed veterans into the workforce. I would like to thank the Governor for his support of this legislation to help put our veterans back to work.”

New York is home to more than 900,000 veterans, including 90,000 that served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Upon returning home, these heroes are facing unemployment rates that far surpass that of the general public. This legislation will help alleviate some of the unemployment problems facing our military veterans and may help to usher in the next generation of the state’s workforce.

The bill was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx).

“I congratulate the Governor on signing this piece of legislation, that will lead many unemployed veterans back into the job force,” said Assemblyman Benedetto. “This is the way that good government is supposed to work: the legislative branch, Assembly and Senate, crafting a good piece of legislation and the executive seeing the wisdom of the bill and signing it into law. I am gratified that the beneficiary of this cooperation were our veterans.”

“This is sensible and compassionate legislation that should serve as a model for good government,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “This will help people who have sacrificed in the service of our nation and deserve our assistance. It will also help New York better meet its staffing needs with dedicated and capable people. Senator Greg Ball and Assemblyman Michael Benedetto deserve tremendous respect and appreciation for addressing these needs.”

Senator Greg Ball will be hosting a New York City and Albany hearing to promote his NY Jobs For Heroes Program (S2803B). A concept that will give preference in state contracts to service-connected disabled veterans, which was recently supported by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address.

Albany Hearing and Lobby Day: On Monday, February 10, 2014, Senator Greg Ball will be holding a hearing in NYS Capitol; the event will begin at 12:30 p.m., in room 124 of the Capitol. Service connected disabled veterans will be in attendance to share how a state preference in contracts could provide veterans in New York State with both meaningful employment, and business ownership opportunities.

New York City Hearing and Tour of Drexel Hamilton: On Tuesday, February 28, 2014, Senator Greg Ball will host a tour of Drexel Hamilton, a full-service institutional broker-dealer founded on the principle of offering meaningful employment opportunities to disabled veterans desiring a career in financial services. Attendees will be able to see, first-hand, how a state preference for contracts could expand companies like Drexel Hamilton, who actively employ service connected disabled veterans. The tour will be at 11:00 a.m., at Drexel Hamilton’s New York City office, located at 77 Water Street, Suite 201. After the tour, Senator Greg Ball will be hosting a hearing at the Senate New York City Office, located at 250 Broadway.

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About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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