A09409 Summary:

COSPNSRDenDekker, Benedetto, Ceretto, Buchwald, Santabarbara, Steck, Blake, Colton, Cook, Cusick, Otis, Weprin, Hooper, Gunther
MLTSPNSRAbbate, Davila, Magee, Robinson, Thiele
Add Art 17-A 369-f, amd 369-a, Exec L
Establishes the hire a vet grant program; provides grants to municipalities where a veteran is hired and employed, for not less than one year and for not less than thirty-five hours each week; grants up to $5000 for a qualified vet and $15,000 for a qualified vet that is disabled.
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A09409 Actions:

03/02/2016referred to veterans' affairs
03/18/2016amend and recommit to veterans' affairs
03/18/2016print number 9409a
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A09409 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      March 2, 2016
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  SCHIMMINGER,  DenDEKKER, BENEDETTO, CERETTO,
          WEPRIN,  HOOPER,  GUNTHER  --  Multi-Sponsored  by -- M. of A. ABBATE,
          DAVILA, MAGEE, ROBINSON, THIELE --  read  once  and  referred  to  the
          Committee  on Veterans' Affairs -- committee discharged, bill amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the  hire
          a  vet  grant program; and providing for the repeal of such provisions
          upon expiration thereof
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Article  17-A of the executive law is amended by adding a
     2  new section 369-f to read as follows:
     3    § 369-f. Hire a vet grant. 1. Allowance of grant. A municipality shall
     4  be allowed a grant equivalent to the credit provided to eligible taxpay-
     5  ers in the "hire a vet credit" as established in subdivision twenty-nine
     6  of section 210-B of the tax  law,  where  such  municipality  hires  and
     7  employs,  for  not  less than one year and for not less than thirty-five
     8  hours each week, a qualified veteran within the state. The  municipality
     9  may claim the grant in the year in which the qualified veteran completes
    10  one year of employment with the municipality.
    11    2. Qualified veteran. A qualified veteran is an individual:
    12    (a)  who  served  on  active duty in the United States army, navy, air
    13  force, marine corps, coast guard or the reserves thereof, or who  served
    14  in  active military service of the United States as a member of the army
    15  national guard, air national guard, New York guard  or  New  York  naval
    16  militia;  who  was  released  from  active  duty by general or honorable
    17  discharge after September eleventh, two thousand one;
    18    (b) who commences employment with the municipality on or after January
    19  first, two thousand sixteen; and
    20    (c) who certifies by signed affidavit, under penalty of perjury,  that
    21  he or she has not been employed for thirty-five or more hours during any
    22  week  in  the  one hundred eighty day period immediately prior to his or
    23  her employment by the municipality.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    3. Prohibition. A municipality shall not  discharge  an  employee  and
     2  hire  a qualifying veteran solely for the purpose of qualifying for this
     3  grant.
     4    4.  Amount  of  grant. The amount of the grant shall be ten percent of
     5  the total amount of wages paid  to  the  qualified  veteran  during  the
     6  veteran's first full year of employment. Provided, however, that, if the
     7  qualified  veteran is a disabled veteran, as defined in paragraph (b) of
     8  subdivision one of section eighty-five of the  civil  service  law,  the
     9  amount  of  the  grant  shall  be fifteen percent of the total amount of
    10  wages paid to the qualified veteran during the veteran's first full year
    11  of employment. The grant allowed pursuant to this subdivision shall  not
    12  exceed  in any year, five thousand dollars for any qualified veteran and
    13  fifteen thousand dollars for any qualified veteran  who  is  a  disabled
    14  veteran.
    15    5. Definitions. For purposes of this section, "municipality" means any
    16  county, city, town, village or school district.
    17    §  2.  Section  369-a  of the executive law is amended by adding a new
    18  closing paragraph to read as follows:
    19    The legislature further declares it to be important to  encourage  the
    20  hiring of veterans by municipalities in the state.
    21    §  3.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
    22  deemed repealed January 1, 2021.
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