Last Thursday, Gov. Cuomo hosted the inaugural Veterans & Military Families Summit.  The event was intended to help returning veterans meet the challenges they face in securing housing, health care and employment.


In conjunction with legislative leaders, Gov. Cuomo announced agreement on legislation to facilitate the awarding of six percent of state contracts to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses using several tools including set-asides.


The agreed-to legislation, which has not yet been introduced, will also create within the state Office of General Services (OGS) a Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development that will coordinate the program and encourage State agencies to provide additional state contracting opportunities for veterans.


We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served our nation so ably.  This measure will help ease their return to the workforce.