Lalor: Cuomo Promised Veterans He Would Include Veterans Equality Act in the Budget, He Needs To Do It

East Fishkill, NY - New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) has written to Governor Cuomo demanding that the governor follow through on his promise to veterans and include the Veterans Equality Act in this year's budget. After vetoing the Veterans Equality Act twice, last Veterans Day the governor promised veterans that it would be included in his new budget. But, it was not in the budget he presented to the legislature last month and it has not been added to the budget yet. Lalor's letter to Governor Cuomo is available here

"In less than three months, Governor Cuomo broke his promise to New York’s veterans," said Lalor. "His repeated vetoes of the bill have been a great disservice to our veterans. This broken promise is worse."

Lalor added, "The bill would have benefited those who served in the post-draft era of the all-volunteer military. They volunteered to serve on ships and in garrisons at home and abroad keeping the Soviet war machine in check, then maintained the peace after we won the Cold War. The bill would have also encouraged the next generation to serve by reminding them that their state values and rewards service in defense of our nation. Right now, Iraq veterans are eligible to buyback up to three years of pension service credit for their time in the military, but Afghanistan veterans aren’t eligible. That makes no sense. It makes no sense that Cold War veterans aren’t eligible. It needs to be fixed."

Lalor finished, "Governor Cuomo, you promised veterans that you would fix this. Now you have to. The Veterans Equality Act has to be included in the final budget. That’s the right thing to do for our veterans."