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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Deal should speed up passage of bill that would aid veteran-owned businesses

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  • ALBANY | An agreement between legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo should allow passage soon of a bill to guarantee that six percent of state contracts are awarded to businesses owned by disabled veterans.
    According to State Sen. Tom O’Mara, the legislation is patterned after a bill he previously co-sponsored, the NY Jobs for Heroes Program.
    “It’s another investment in the future of our veterans and serves to help honor their service and sacrifice,” O’Mara said in a statement.
    The agreement was announced at a “Veterans and Military Families Summit” held Thursday in Albany by Gov. Cuomo.
    “Increasing economic opportunities for New York’s service-disabled veterans is a tremendous way to thank the brave men and women of our armed forces for their sacrifice,” Cuomo said. “I am proud that New York is leading the nation on this issue, and I thank the leaders of the Legislature for helping to make this bill a reality.”
    He noted a similar federal program only requires three percent of contracts to go to businesses owned by disabled veterans.
    Senate Majority Coalition co-Leader Dean Skelos noted in a statement to the press that the Senate has passed similar legislation three years in a row, but the bill was never passed in the Assembly.
    Twenty percent of veterans under age 30 are unemployed, and approximately 88,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans live in New York state, O’Mara said.

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