Bill Text: NY A05167 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Establishes the hire a vet grant program; provides grants to municipalities where a veteran is hired and employed, for not less than one year and for not less than thirty-five hours each week; grants up to $5,000 for a qualified vet and $15,000 for a qualified vet who is disabled.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 17-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-07 - referred to veterans' affairs [A05167 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A05167-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 7, 2019
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  SCHIMMINGER, DenDEKKER, BENEDETTO, BUCHWALD,
          GUNTHER,  HUNTER  --  Multi-Sponsored  by  -- M. of A. ABBATE, DAVILA,
          THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the  hire
          a  vet  grant program; and providing for the repeal of such provisions
          upon expiration thereof
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Article  17-A of the executive law is amended by adding a
     2  new section 369-f to read as follows:
     3    § 369-f. Hire a vet grant. 1. Allowance of grant. A municipality shall
     4  be allowed a grant equivalent to the credit provided to eligible taxpay-
     5  ers in the "hire a vet credit" as established in subdivision twenty-nine
     6  of section two hundred ten-B of the tax  law,  where  such  municipality
     7  hires  and  employs,  for  not  less than one year and for not less than
     8  thirty-five hours each week, a qualified veteran within the  state.  The
     9  municipality  may  claim  the  grant  in the year in which the qualified
    10  veteran completes one year of employment with the municipality.
    11    2. Qualified veteran. A qualified veteran is an individual:
    12    (a) who served on active duty in the United  States  army,  navy,  air
    13  force,  marine corps, coast guard or the reserves thereof, or who served
    14  in active military service of the United States as a member of the  army
    15  national  guard,  air  national  guard, New York guard or New York naval
    16  militia; who was released from  active  duty  by  general  or  honorable
    17  discharge after September eleventh, two thousand one;
    18    (b) who commences employment with the municipality on or after January
    19  first, two thousand twenty, and before January first, two thousand twen-
    20  ty-two; and
    21    (c)  who certifies by signed affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that
    22  he or she has not been employed for thirty-five or more hours during any
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 5167                             2
     1  week in the one hundred eighty day period immediately prior  to  his  or
     2  her employment by the municipality.
     3    3.  Prohibition.  A  municipality  shall not discharge an employee and
     4  hire a qualifying veteran solely for the purpose of qualifying for  this
     5  grant.  This  section  shall not be deemed to amend, modify or supersede
     6  any other law which prescribes the qualifications which  a  person  must
     7  have to be appointed to a position subject to the civil service law.
     8    4.  Amount  of  grant. The amount of the grant shall be ten percent of
     9  the total amount of wages paid  to  the  qualified  veteran  during  the
    10  veteran's first full year of employment. Provided, however, that, if the
    11  qualified  veteran is a disabled veteran, as defined in paragraph (b) of
    12  subdivision one of section eighty-five of the  civil  service  law,  the
    13  amount  of  the  grant  shall  be fifteen percent of the total amount of
    14  wages paid to the qualified veteran during the veteran's first full year
    15  of employment. The grant allowed pursuant to this subdivision shall  not
    16  exceed  in any year, five thousand dollars for any qualified veteran and
    17  fifteen thousand dollars for any qualified veteran  who  is  a  disabled
    18  veteran.
    19    5. Definitions. For purposes of this section, "municipality" means any
    20  county, city, town, village or school district.
    21    §  2.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
    22  deemed repealed January 1, 2023.