Amy Paulin’s Veterans Buyback Bill Vetoed by Governor

Scarsdale – New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-88) vowed on Tuesday to keep fighting for the rights of veterans in New York State on Tuesday upon learning A.8174A/S.5937, legislation that she authored, was vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

This legislation would have allowed all honorably discharged veterans who are members of a New York State retirement system to purchase service credit for up to three years of military service performed. Currently, only veterans who served during certain specified periods are eligible and as a result, many veterans are excluded. Women veterans in particular are largely prevented from purchasing pension credit under the current system due to restrictions on combat service. This legislation would have remedied that inequity.

“I am once again deeply disappointed by the Governor’s veto,” Paulin said. “Our continued failure to recognize the service of our veterans remains, and to continue maintaining this myopic position in regards to this bill is troubling to say the least. I would understand this better if we were from the most conservative state in the U.S. but this is New York.

“I will continue fighting for this bill and will introduce it again and again and again, until it is passed. The Governor’s Counsel has committed to discuss the bill in November in preparation for the state budget, and I will advocate for the bill’s full inclusion. I will never give up until New York treats its veterans fairly, rewarding them for their service.”

William Larkin (R-39) sponsored the bill in the Senate.