Ashby Bill Providing Free SUNY College Tuition to Surviving Children Of Fallen Military Personnel Who Died While Performing Official Duties Shut Down By the Assembly Majority

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) sponsors legislation which would extend free SUNY and CUNY tuition to surviving dependents of military personnel who die while performing official duties. The legislation would provide a merit scholarship which would cover tuition and room and board.

“Our service men and women, their families, especially the children, sacrifice their time together every day so we can have a safe, secure and free nation,” said Ashby, a military veteran and a member of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. “It is especially heartbreaking and financially difficult when one of our military men and women die as a result of serving their country. The intent of this legislation is for New York to step up and say thank you by helping to take care of the children’s future. I am disappointed that the Assembly Majority refused to allow this bill to come to a vote on the floor, despite its bi-partisan support from rank and file legislators.”

The Assembly Majority leadership on the Assembly Committee on Higher Education would not allow the legislation to come out of committee. The no votes from the Assembly Majority ensured the legislation would not come to a vote on the Assembly floor.