After two vetoes, Cuomo approves veterans pension credit bill
A twice-vetoed measure to expand eligibility for state pension credits to additional veterans has at last cleared Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.
Cuomo signed late Tuesday the legislation, which allows honorably discharged service members with five years of existing public pension credit to purchase three years of credit for their military service. Current state law allows veterans who served in only certain conflicts, including World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, to purchase pension credits. The new law strikes out the specific conflicts to expand eligibility to all veterans who work in the public sector.
“I fully support the intent of this bill which honors the men and women who serve our country and hereby approve this bill subject to the Legislature appropriating sufficient finds to pay for the costs associated with it,” Cuomo wrote in his brief approval message.
At issue has been the costs associated with the bill.
It was expected last year that the legislation would get done in this year’s state budget after the governor and the legislative sponsors came to an agreement in November.