ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Senate passed legislation Monday to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans.
The bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses. The "Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act" will ensure New York State's service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts.
The set-aside is similar to the three percent preference that the federal government offers. A three-way agreement on the bill was announced during the Governor's Veterans and Military Families Summit held last week in Albany.
New York State is home to nearly 900,000 veterans, 600,000 of whom have served during periods of conflict, according to the United State Department of Veterans Affairs. Governor Andrew Cuomo said there are around 106,000 service-connected disabled veterans in New York.
The bill is sponsored by Senator Greg Ball. It was sent to the Assembly.
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