CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- State Sen. Greg Ball called on his fellow lawmakers to pass the "Jobs for Heroes" program that would create a state- contract preference for small businesses in New York owned by service-connected disabled veterans.
The legislation mirrors the federal program that is presently established for a contract set aside. Forty-four other states have enacted similar legislation.
“Providing this earned-opportunity to our heroes is commonsense. The Governor’s public and recent support is exactly the kick in the pants this bill needed to make it a reality," Ball, chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, said in a statement. "I am very happy to welcome Governor Cuomo aboard our statewide mission to create a ‘NY Jobs For Heroes Program’ in New York State. With his support, I am optimistic that this can be the year we pass this bill to join the over 40 other states that offer this contract set aside."