Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is sponsoring legislation that would authorize the Division of Veterans Services to conduct a study into converting the division into an independent agency (A.3725). By giving New York veterans a permanent agency of their own, it would ensure more stable funding and a cohesive plan to serve the nearly one million veterans across our state.
“We must provide a better system to instill stability, cohesiveness and a modern responsiveness to the needs of the many veterans in our state. This legislation will pave the way to finally creating an independent State agency dedicated to serving our Veterans,” said Ashby, who is the ranking Minority member on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “A fully independent agency would have the ability to secure the necessary funding for our Veterans and fighting the annual cuts to Veteran programs proposed by Gov. Cuomo – including nearly $2 million in proposed cuts. Veterans deserve better.”
Programs at risk of being cut as part of the governor’s budget proposal include Clear Path for Veterans, Helmets-to-Hardhats, Department of NY Veterans of Foreign Wars of United States, Inc., New York State Defenders Association Veterans Defense Program and SAGE Veterans’ Project and the Vietnam Veterans of America NYS Council. Ashby, who also sits on the Committee on Way and Means, is fighting these cuts vigorously.