Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently proposed new legislation establishing a five percent goal in the awarding of State contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. This veterans proposal is supported by Joe Robach. This legislation would expand economic opportunity for veterans by ensuring that New York State is providing every occasion for them to participate fully and equitably in State contracting.

The legislation would create a Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development within the Office of General Services that would administer the program and coordinate with State agencies to help meet the five percent goal.

Every year, the State procures billions of dollars in goods and services for the benefit of the people of New York. The expansion of economic opportunity through the significant purchasing power of the State is but one way to thank service-disabled veterans for their honorable service to our country and to help reintegrate them back into the State’s economy.

Joe Robach said, “Awarding five percent of state contracts to small businesses own by service-disabled veterans, New York is taking another step forward in supporting the brave men and women of the U.S. military. This is a great way to honor the sacrifice of our veterans.”

New York is home to more than 900,000 veterans, 72 percent of whom have served during periods of conflict. Approximately 88,000 New Yorkers served in Afghanistan or Iraq. Additionally, the State is home to approximately 30,000 active duty military personnel, as well as 30,000 National Guard and Reserve personnel.

For more information about this or any other NYS veterans initiative at the state level, contact the office of Joe Robach.