2006-06-30 / Community

Pheffer Announces Bill To Aid Military Veterans

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has announced two pieces of legislation passed the Legislature to aid veterans and military personnel in New York State. The first bill exempts retail sales by gift shops in veteran's homes from sales and compensating use taxes.

"This bill is but a small step in showing our appreciation for our veteran's and encourages an economic boost for these facilities," said Pheffer.

Another bill, which was introduced by Assemblywoman Pheffer, also passed the Legislature. The bill, A.11585, allows members of the reserve components of the armed forces to cancel a rental agreement without penalty when required to do so because of military activation.

"The law already provides the means for members of the reserve components to cancel certain rental and lease agreements, such as for housing and automobiles, when that member has been called up for active employment with the armed forces, but there is no specified relief from other rental arrangements for commodities, such as vacation properties or other recreation or banquet facilities. It is appropriate that we provide a means for an activated member of the reserve components to receive a full refund in such cases when he or she is called upon to serve the state or nation," said Pheffer.

The legislation will now be delivered to the Governor for his consideration. Those who would like to contact the Governor to voice their support of the bill should call 518-474-8390.

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