Assemblyman Buchwald and Students Deliver Valentines for Vets
2014 & 2013 Legislation Enacted into Law:

Tax Credits
& Tax Relief

(Ch. 243 of 2013)
Property owned by veteran organizations such as veteran post buildings are exempt from property taxes. Many of these veteran organizations rent space in their buildings to community, charitable, educational, and other organizations. However, sometimes the renting organization is not a tax exempt entity. Therefore the rental portion is subject to local property taxes. This legislation will permit municipalities to exempt veteran organizations from local property taxes including the rental portion.


Employment Help
(Ch. 557 of 2014)
The Veterans Employment Act grants veterans the right to temporary appointments by state agencies, rather than using temporary employment service companies.


Protecting Veterans
(Ch. 198 of 2013)
In order to ensure that veterans have access to all the pertinent information necessary to successfully apply for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the legislature passed and the governor signed legislation which requires directors of county veterans service agencies to be accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.


Disabled Veterans Civil Service Credit
(Constitutional Amendment)
In fall 2013, voters passed a constitutional amendment (section 6 of article 5), that would give additional Civil Service Credit for Veterans with Disabilities Certified Post-Appointment. This amendment will permit veterans who are certified disabled after having already received credit at one appointment or promotion, because of their status as veterans, to receive additional credit one more time after certification of their disability. After being certified disabled, a veteran would be entitled to an additional grant of credit equal to the difference between 10 and the number of points received at the initial appointment or promotion. This would bring the total additional points of civil service credit such a veteran can receive to 10 for either an appointment or a promotion.


A09216 (Same as S06887) - Passed Senate (6/18) and Assembly (6/19); Signed into law by Governor Cuomo on August 18, 2014

Amends the education law, in relation to the interstate compact on educational opportunity for military children (Part A); amends the education law, in relation to in-state tuition at colleges and universities of the state university of New York and the city university of New York (Part B); amends the executive law, in relation to the New York state supplemental burial allowance for members of the armed forces of the United States killed in combat or duty subject to hostile fire or imminent danger, as defined in 37 USC Section 310(a)(4) (Part C); and amends the real property law, in relation to authorizing the department of state to issue certain real estate and brokers licenses (Part D).

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to enacting the interstate compact on educational opportunity for military children (Part A); to amend the education law, in relation to veterans' tuition at colleges and universities of the state university of New York and the city university of New York (Part B); to amend the executive law, in relation to the New York state supplemental burial allowance for members of the armed forces of the United States killed in combat or duty subject to hostile fire or imminent danger, as defined in 37 USC S 310(a)(4)(Part C); and to amend the real property law and the general business law, in relation to authorizing the department of state to issue certain professional licenses to spouses of members of the armed forces who are licensed in other jurisdictions and meet certain qualifications (Part D)

Legislation Assemblyman Buchwald is Fighting For:

POW/MIA
Flag

(A.8489)
As a form of respect for any United States service member who fought for our country throughout histroy, Assemblyman Buchwald has authored a bill that would require local governments to display the POW/MIA flag when the flag is provided to the municipalitiy by a local veteran organization.

Property
Tax Relief

(A.8281)
In 2013, the Attorney General brought to light that veterans from the post 9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been wrongly denied a property tax exemption to which they are entitled due to unclear language in the real property tax code. This bill clears up language to ensure all combat veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are getting the property tax breaks they're entitled to.


POW/MIA Flag (A08489) - Passed Assembly (5/27) and Senate (6/20); Signed into law by Governor Cuomo on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

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2015 Update on Legislation Assemblyman Buchwald is Fighting For

A00813 (Same as S03408) Gunther, Buchwald, Skoufis (Chapter 14 of 2000)
January 7, 2015

Relates to awarding high school diplomas to veterans

The commissioner shall develop a program whereby any veteran [of the armed forces who served in WWII and] who has served in the Active Military or Naval Service of the United States and who has been discharged from such service under honorable conditions, who was unable, for any reason, to complete a secondary education may be awarded a high school diploma based on knowledge and experience gained while in service.


A06101 (Same as S04283)
March 16, 2015

Declares the Vietnam Veterans of America to be benevolent orders and grants such organization various benefits available to specified veterans' organizations; requires the commissioner of general services to set aside space in the capitol for use as quarters of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

AN ACT to amend the benevolent orders law, the general municipal law, the general city law, the military law and the real property tax law, in relation to declaring the Vietnam Veterans of America to be a benevolent order and granting such organization various benefits available to specified veterans' organizations; and to amend the public buildings law, in relation to setting aside space in the capitol for use as quarters of the Vietnam Veterans of America


A02368A (Same as S02255)
January 16, 2015

Relates to alternative exemptions for veterans; reminds assessors that certain conflicts are included for purposes of exemptions.

AN ACT to direct the division of veterans' affairs to annually remind assessors of the eligibility of veterans of certain hostilities for the veterans alternative real property tax exemption

Section 1. The division of veterans' affairs, in consultation with the department of taxation and finance, pursuant to its training responsibilities provided for in section 310 of the real property tax law, shall within 30 days of the effective date of this act and at least annually thereafter on a date and in a form to be determined by the department of taxation and finance, reinforce and/or remind assessors of the fact that the Persian Gulf conflict referenced in section 458-a of the real property tax law includes, but is not limited to, hostilities in Afghanistan and Iraq, also known as Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Inherent Resolve.


A8496

10/9/2015 Referred to veterans' affairs

Relates to the display of certain flags upon the capitol building.

AN ACT to amend the military law and the public buildings law, in relation to the display of certain flags upon the capitol building.

Section one of this bill would add a new section 267 to the executive law, to designate the honor and remember flag for fallen members of the armed forces. Specifically, this bill would:

(a) Provide for a legislative intent which would find and determine that:

(1) Since the revolutionary war, more than one million members of the United States armed forces have paid the ultimate price by sacrificing their lives in the line of duty.

(2) The contributions of those fallen members of the armed forces are deserving of national recognition.

(3) Currently, there is no officially recognized symbolic flag that acknowledges members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.

(b) Adopt the national honor and remember flag for fallen members of the armed forces as the official honor and remember flag for the state of New York, stating that the honor and remember flag is the symbol of our nation's concern and commitment to honoring and remembering the lives of all members of the United States armed forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

(c) Provide for the procurement and distribution of honor and remember flags, by requiring that not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section, the commissioner of general services shall commence the procurement of honor and remember flags and distribute them as necessary.

Section two of this bill would amend section 3 of the public buildings law, to provide that the flag commonly designated as the national honor and remember flag, shall be displayed upon the capitol building during the daily sessions of the legislature and on public occasions.

Section three of this bill would provide that this act would take effect on the 30th day after it shall have become a law.


A4314

4/22/15 reported to ways and means

Provides credit to members of public retirement systems of the state for military service rendered during certain periods.

To extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military

Section one provides that this act shall be known as the "Veterans' Equality Act."

Section two amends section 1000 of the retirement and social security law, as added by chapter 548 of the laws of 2000 and subdivision 9 as added by chapter 547 of the laws of 2002, by deleting the specified periods of time in which military service would had to have been rendered in order to receive up to three years of service credit. Such specified periods currently prevent a person who served in the military, outside such periods, from obtaining service credit when applying to a public retirement system of the state. This section also deletes other restricting dates.

Section three provides that section 25 of the retirement and social security law shall not apply to this act.

Section four provides the effective date.