2006-09-01 / Community

Pheffer: Vets Laws Passed In 2006 Assembly Session

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has announced that several pieces of legislation affecting New York Veterans and Military personnel have been enacted in the 2006 Legislative Session.

Chapter 278 of the laws of 2006, legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Pheffer, allows a person who entered active military service after the execution of a rental contract to cancel such contract.

"It is appropriate that the legislature 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.

Chapter 46 of the laws of 2006 includes veterans who are eligible for pecuniary assistance from the United States government as being eligible for full exemption from property taxation.

Chapter 296 of the laws of 2006 exempts from sales and compensating use taxes retail sales of tangible personal property by any gift shop located in a veteran's home.

Chapter 208 of the laws of 2006 extends for two years the time for Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan veterans to apply to NYSHESC for certain tuition awards. With the extension of this program, many more veterans will be assisted with their educational and employment needs. This law will extend the date for eligibility to September 1, 2008.

"It is important that we continue to enact legislation that will help better the lives and ease the financial burdens of those men and women who have given so selflessly of themselves to serve our state and country. I will continue to fight for these necessary measures to aid our service men and women," said Pheffer.

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