2010-04-09 / Top Stories

Ulrich Signs Veterans Bills

Councilman Eric Ulrich joined fellow councilmember Vincent J. Gentile to announce the recent introduction of three bills to protect veterans organizations from City fees and fines and require that a veterans resource center be established in each borough.

Ulrich and Gentile were joined by Councilmembers Mathieu Eugene, Ydanis Rodriguez, Brad Lander and Daniel Halloran. Also present were representatives of the Kings County United War Veterans, Kings County American Legion, Jewish War Veterans, New Era Veterans, United War Veterans Council of New York and other veterans organizations.

Ulrich said, “The veterans of this city should be treated like the heroes they are. These bills are a step in the right direction and I am honored to stand shoulder to shoulder with my colleagues in support of the men and woman of this city who have stood up for this country when they were called upon.”

“The men and women who have served our country deserve an exalted place in our country and our city – and while we have no control over benefits or federal treatment of veterans, we in New York City must find tangible ways to honor our veterans,” Gentile said. “These bills mandate the courtesy and access to benefits the more than 225,000 New York City veterans deserve.” Descriptions of the bills are as follows:

• The first Veterans Bill would allow certain religious, fraternal or charitable organizations to address and remedy certain health code violations before any fine is issued, giving them a chance to avoid costly fines. This bill would impact not only veterans groups but also not-for-profit organizations;

• The second Veterans Bill would establish a veterans’ resource center in every borough of New York City. Each center would be located in an area easily accessed by public transportation and provide veterans with up-to-date information, free of charge, on services and benefits available to them;

• The third Veterans Bill would make veterans organizations exempt from the payment of fees relating to fire department permits, inspections and performance tests. Organizations will still need to correct deficiencies, but would not be required to pay fees associated with permits or inspections.

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