Department of New York VFW Legislative Goals
Acquire Funding for VFW Service Officers -A 2445A M. Miller
S 3408A Addabbo
These bills would create an income tax check off to benefit all state level Veterans Service Organizations that are congressionally chartered with VA recognized Service Officers and to ensure that the cost of altering tax forms to create this option be paid for with funds generated by the tax check of before distributions are made from the fund.
Veterans Enterprise Opportunity Act- A5872 Ortiz
S2803A Ball
These bills would provide all veteran owned businesses and enterprises the same emphasis for bidding on state contracts as those offered to other minorities and protected classes. This amendment would add the class of "wartime and disabled veterans" to NYS Executive Law, Article 15A and NYCRR, Part 140-144.
Alternative Veterans Property Tax Exemption- A6140 Ramos
Amends the real property tax law to redefine an active duty member of the military thereby broadening the application of the property tax benefit.
Civil Service  Veterans Buy Back Bill- A6974 Paulin
S 4714 Larkin
A2492 M. Miller
S 2651 Ball

These bills would allow the newest Veterans and veterans_including all those who receive
Expeditionary Medals to buy back service time on government pensions.
Veterans Courts- Support for the establishment of a Veterans' Court in each ofNew
Yorks' 13 Judicial Districts.

PFC Joseph  Dwyer peer to peer support program- A6516 Ortiz
Expand the peer to peer support program for Veterans experiencing PTS in all NYS Counties. (Current pilot program currently in 4 counties: Jefferson, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Suffolk.
Property Tax Exemption- No bills
Introduce Legislation so Veterans would receive a reduction in their property tax equal to their VA Disability Rating Percentage.
Veterans Civil Service Employment- No bills
Introduce legislation that would require City and State Agencies to employ a percentage of veterans by law and demonstrate they are complying. These positions would include senior level managers. Currently, in some localities MOVA senior level personnel are not veterans which is not in keeping with the spirit of Veterans preference in public employment.
Legislation allowing charitable poker - A208 Cusick
S876 Bonacic
These bills allows charitable organizations and Veterans posts that are qualified under Games of Chance Laaw to include poker tournaments among those allowed at their facilities.
Legislation allowing electronic pull tabs (bell jar)- A4669 Pretlow
S1889 Bonacic
These bills would enable an electronic form of bell jar games which is currently only in paper pull tab form at the facilities. These bills would be heavily regulated by the NYS Gaming Commission and allowed only in a facility already licensed by the Commission.