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Governor Cuomo hosted New York's first ever Veterans and Military Family summit Thursday in Albany. And that included a plan to make sure more state contracts are going to businesses owned by disabled vets. Chair of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, Senator Greg Ball, joined us to discuss.
CARMEL - Drivers say they're outraged that Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the shutdown of I-84 Wednesday during the snowstorm. For the second time this year, Cuomo yesterday ordered the highway closed. Cuomo says the closure was done as a safety precaution to protect drivers, but many say they disagree with his decision. Driver Anthony Scafuri, who was stuck in a traffic jam yesterday because of the closure, says if Cuomo was concerned about safety, only dangerous sections of the highway should have been closed. Instead, the entire stretch between the Pennsylvania border and Connecticut was shut down for six hours Wednesday. State Sen. Greg Ball (R-40th District) says he understands Cuomo was concerned about safety, but thinks closing I-84 caused more harm because it forced drivers into more dangerous conditions.
By: Benita Zahn New York may be getting closer to providing you with more health insurance protections. Right now it's tough to know what your premiums real buy and many New Yorkers are getting slammed with unexpected and exorbitant medical bills. "Tell your insurance company that whatever they would accept as reimbursement I and my team are willing to accept as insurance and payment in full," said Chad Glazer. Despite that concession by a specialist, Glazer still had a herculean battle to get his health insurer to approve his son's treatment by that doctor who was out of network. Glazer shared his story at a roundtable discussion organized by Republican Senators Kemp Hannon and Greg Ball. Glazer told them about the fight 12 years ago when his son was born with a rare liver disorder. Glazer prevailed and won, his son survived. Senators Hannon and Ball are working for changes to health insurance in line with proposals recently made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo - to insure emergency services are covered no matter where you are when in need, and to prevent surprise bills and excessively high charges, or provide out of network coverage - which would help families like the Glazers. "They shouldn't call up and find out that on a thousand dollar bill the insurance company is going to pay next to nothing," says Dr. Andrew Kleinman, President-elect of the Medical Society of the State of New York. For folks buying health insurance through the New York State of Health and the Affordable Care Act, there is no option to obtain out of network coverage. Finally, make policies easier to understand so you know what is and isn't covered. "We feel consumers should be able to understand what they're buying," says Dr. Michael Brisman, a neurosurgeon. Health Care For All New York - comprised of a 160 consumer groups, supports these changes. It's also pushing for expanded external review. External review is your last chance when your health insurer turns you down, twice, for treatment or a doctor not in plan.
Eugene Parrotta is a Vietnam veteran who earned a Purple Heart after taking shrapnel in his knees. "Those healed eventually. They do heal. The invisible wounds, the PTSD, really never heals 100 percent, but you actually have to walk on, live a normal life," said Parrotta. Parrotta and his nephew own a flooring business. Under a bill being considered by the legislature, their small business could gain an advantage when it comes to awarding state contracts. "The federal government already has a set aside and over 40 other states have matched that federal set aside. That's all we are looking to do is to allow these service disabled veterans, real heroes, who have been hurt and returned home, that we give them meaningful employment," said state Sen. Greg Ball of Brewster. Under the bill, 5 percent of state contracts would be set aside for small businesses owned by disabled veterans. "A million veterans in New York State, 73,000 disabled veterans in New York State. New York State unemployment among disabled veterans is almost 80 percent," said Parrotta. This is not the first time this issue has come up in New York State. Governor David Paterson vetoed a similar bill in 2010. Some democrats were concerned that set asides for veterans would interfere with set asides for women- and minority-owned businesses. "I do believe we have addressed those concerns. I don't believe there is any impact on that. This is just disabled vets. We are not taking away from anybody. You know, we have disabled vets who are minority as well," said Assemblyman Felix Ortiz of Brooklyn. Governor Andrew Cuomo not only supports the current bill, he called for its passage in his state of the state address. "Disabled veterans showed us their loyalty. We must show them our loyalty," Cuomo said. Next week governor Cuomo will deliver his budget message, where he will outline how he intends to fund his initiates. Unlike this disabled veterans bill, many of the governor's top priorities this year do not require legislative approval.
CARMEL - A controversial new curriculum in New York schools is still making waves in the educational community. Parents, teachers and students voiced their opinions on Thursday night at Carmel Town Hall about the Common Core State Standard. Common Core standards is a new curriculum implemented in schools across the nation to help prepare students for college and careers. It focuses on math and English, and places an emphasis on high-stakes testing. The goal of Common Core is to put students on a level playing field and help prepare them for a global economy. However, many teachers and students say it creates a factory-like environment that stifles individual learning and puts pressure on educators to teach to the test. Sen. Greg Ball will be spearheading legislation addressing the standard and hopes to convince Albany to put a three-year moratorium on the curriculum in New York.
Former congressman and Iraq War veteran Patrick Murphy and State Sen. Greg Ball, R-N.Y., join Kristen Welker to talk about the employment outlook for veterans.
Video by: Max Bachmeier Edited by: Joe Bachmeier Special thank you to everyone that made this trip possible: Heroes in Transition The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 21 Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters United States Air Force Maj. Ryan VanVeelen FirstLight Home Care of Westchester Shop Rite Krasdale Foods Competitive Telecoms Group Putnam Hospital Center Bucci's Deli Patterson Deli Sauros Deli Dante's Deli West Point Tours 4th Graders at St. James the Apostle Henry and Eileen Kensing Max Bachmeier Henry and Camille Rapisarda Bryan Dionne Dawn Nelson Elizabeth Baecher Betsy Friedman Barbara Cangiano St. Augustine Thrift Shop Frank and Sonia Wymbs Jessica Artis Lori Morizio Mary Habstritt Carolyn Whiting Sharrel Vice Stan and Christine Mersand Dave Cordick Enzo J. Iannozzi Eric Stern John and Tara Shoureck Mathias Oschwald Stephanie Ostrander Nina Kellogg Sharon L Weiner Stephen McGuire Anna May Wiede Christopher Ikone Diane Quincy Hilda Rosario Margeurite Brown Amy Raphael Suzanne Schult Joe Manuele Susan Sears John Caralyus Denis Fox Eileen Murphy Frederick and Eleanor Lent Gloria Rotunda Robert Reichert Cat Loughran Marilyn Coyle Clifford and Elizabeth Thomas Patricia Horvath Charles Deierlein John McCarthy Lynda Costagliola J. G. Chiulli Judith Bowman Julia Cardia Michael and Mariaj Trinkle Monique Regard Roger Mogan William Cahn Robert Johnston Debra Rosko Diana Tisi Elaine Carey Eric and Janice Knorr Silas Smith Donna Lee Ubertalli David Lepard Eugene and Michele Sullivan Allison Coviello Frank Ciano Guy Carlsen William Lynch Ellen Katz Allan and Susan Miller Anthony Corona Eleanor R. McBride Matthew McCrosson Annemarie Schenk Estate of Hyman I. Shakin Bill Mackin Christina Coons Joseph Brucia April Paonessa Barbara Battista Camille Landi Cynthia Elio Golden Bridge Fire Dept. Joe Comilloni John and Dianne Pavone Joseph Di Salvo Mary M. Tynan Peter Papagni Promoccino Internazionale SPA, LLC The Worby Charitable Foundation Wendy Cushman William Surovic American Legion Post #1009 Amelia Marr Felicia R. Pelatti Isabelle Oswald Joseph Grotzer Justine Gozzi K Mac Contruction Company Peggy Brady Phillip Geller Richard and Rosemary Davin Richard and Virginia Nosky Tom Gallagher Robert Weireter Doria and Dieudonne Daubney Womens Civic Club of Katonah Daniel and Charlotte Coombs Rita Kenny And so many more
YORKTOWN - A law named after a Yorktown girl is now into effect in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new 'Hannah's Law,' named after an 8-year-old Hannah Devane, who has an extremely rare disease where she can't digest real food and can only drink a special formula. Devane's insurance company refused to pay the $1,200 a month tab for the drink, claiming it wasn't her main source of nutrition. After a five-year battle in Albany, the new law will mandate that the insurance companies pay up. State Sen. Greg Ball, who introduced the bill in Albany back in 2008, tells News 12, "Hannah is the cutest and toughest little girl I know and is an outstanding, giving member of our community. Thanks to this new law, we have ensured that thousands of families are never again victimized by the system, like the Devane family."