Skelos Did the Right Thing, Now Cuomo Needs to Sign the Bill

East Fishkill, NY - (10/29/14) - Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) thanked Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos for finally sending the veterans service credit buyback bill to Governor Cuomo's desk for his signature. Two days ago, Lalor issued a statement calling on Skelos and Cuomo to move the long-delayed bill forward.

"I'm grateful that Senator Skelos listened to the veterans who were demanding that he send the bill to Governor Cuomo before Election Day," said Lalor. "Now, Governor Cuomo needs to sign the bill before Election Day. The governor has 30 days to sign the bill or veto it. That would take him well past Election Day. But there is no reason to wait. If he supports the bill, he should sign it now. If he opposes it, then he shouldn't play politics and he should tell the veterans he opposes it."

Lalor added, "This bill benefits the men and women who served in the military's post-draft era, volunteering for our country. Cuomo owes it to them to handle this bill fairly and act on it before Election Day."

Bill S.7839 had passed both houses of the legislature in June, but had not yet been forwarded to Governor Cuomo's office. Skelos forwarded the bill to the governor two days after Lalor's statement. The bill would allow veterans from any era to buy back up to three years of service credit in the public employee retirement systems for their military service. Currently, New York only allows veterans who served during specific conflicts to buy back service credit. The bill passed the State Senate 57-0 and the State Assembly 133-1. It is supported by the AFL-CIO, NYSUT, CSEA, Police Conference of New York, DC-37, PEF, Vietnam Veterans of America, and New York State Association of PBAs.