Joe Robach and the Senate passed legislation (S.2423) recently that would give greater access to state contracts to veterans who were disabled during their service. 

This bill would codify for New York an identical and highly successful program adopted for federal contracting.  Given the increase in the number of veterans and disabled veterans due to recent overseas conflicts, this bill, supported by Joe Robach, would provide a small measure of recognition that this group of selfless men and women deserve.

Servicemen and women who are injured during their service deserve our full support once they return to our communities.  Joe Robach strongly believes that disabled veterans deserve an opportunity to participate in obtaining contracts with state agencies for their small businesses.

Specifically, the bill would require that state agencies provide the opportunity for service-disabled veterans’ businesses to obtain state contracts.  It would establish a goal of having small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans to comprise a minimum of 3 percent of the agency’s contracts.  The bill also details the implementation and reporting standards to help state agencies comply with the requirement, and task various commissioners, deputy commissioners, and the Attorney General with supporting the implementation of this preference.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.  Should you have additional questions about this legislation or any other state sponsored veterans initiative, contact Joe Robach’s office.