Tedisco Introduces Bill to Give Citizen Soldiers Who Served In the Middle East Property Tax Breaks

February 24, 2004
Assemblyman James Tedisco (R,C-Schenectady-Saratoga) today announced his proposal to extend a property tax credit, already given to veterans, to some military reservists.

Tediscoís legislation, which currently has 26 sponsors, would extend the veteranís property tax exemption to reservists who served during a period of wartime, have been honorably released from active duty, and are still members of their reserve unit. Current law only grants the tax exemption to veterans who have severed all ties with the military.

"Right now we have military personnel coming home from war who are not eligible for the veteranís property tax credit. In keeping with the spirit of the law granting an exemption to veterans, I think these men and women in uniform deserve to receive this benefit as well."

Tedisco said that deactivated reservists still affiliated with a reserve unit deserve the tax exemption, especially since they can be called back to active duty. "These brave men and women are dedicated to serving our country and protecting the values, morals, and freedoms that we all enjoy. They should not be excluded from the exemption simply because they want to be able to serve in the future."

In response to hearing about Tediscoís latest proposed legislation, Schenectady County Veteranís Councilor Bill Fyvie said, "I applaud the efforts of Assemblyman Tedisco for looking after the interests of New Yorkís citizen soldiers. Our reservists are brave men and women who volunteered to put themselves in harmís way and even after being deactivated still maintain their status as a reservist so they can go off and fight for our rights and freedoms in the future. They deserve every possible benefit the state can offer. Assemblyman Tedisco is to be congratulated for his hard work on this very important matter."

"Iím hopeful that I can tell the reservists coming home from the Middle East that they will be able to put some extra money in their pockets. They deserve this, and itís the very least we can do to extend our appreciation to people who put their lives on the line for us," Tedisco concluded.