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    Garbarino: A Sad Day For Our Veterans
    November 4, 2015 7:10 am  
    Garbarino: A Sad Day For Our Veterans

    Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino (R,C,I-Sayville) criticized Gov. Cuomo’s decision to veto the veterans’ pension buyback legislation that has passed the Senate and Assembly several times with nearly unanimous support.

    Garbarino has consistently proven to be a strong supporter of legislation benefiting our nation’s veterans.

    “It’s deeply discouraging to see the governor veto the veteran’s pension bill for a second time. This bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly with bipartisan support, was intended to help our returning servicemen and women buy back up to three years of time in the pension system, making up for the time they spent serving our country in uniform,” Garbarino said.

    The bill would have allowed veterans from any era to buy back up to three years of service credit in the public employee retirement systems for their military service. Currently, New York only allows veterans who served during specific conflicts to buy back service credit. For instance, Iraq veterans are currently eligible, while Afghanistan veterans are not. The bill would have fixed that and recognized the service of Afghanistan veterans.

    “Last year just days before Veterans’ Day, the governor asserted that he could not support this legislation due to questions about the cost. This past session we addressed those questions and included a funding mechanism. I don’t understand why the governor continues to turn his back on our nation’s veterans. As this legislation was modified to meet the governor’s demands I see no excuse why this bill was vetoed again. Anyone who supports our nation’s veterans should contact the governor’s office or their local representative and voice their opposition to this veto,” concluded Garbarino.

    Contact: James Coughlin coughlj@assembly.state.ny.us

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