Cuomo vetoes bill aimed to fix pension system for vets
A bill aimed to correct inconsistencies in the state pension system for veterans was vetoed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Critics say New York's current pension system is confusing and downright unfair to some reservists and veterans. Some are denied credit based on when they were called into duty or whether the country was in a conflict at the time.
Gov. Cuomo said the bill could have resulted in tens of millions of dollars in one-time costs to local municipalities, which have to pick up the tab for the pension system. An override of the governor's veto seems unlikely.
Assemblyman Ed Ra (R - Franklin Square) hopes that issue will be resolved during the state budget process next spring.
"Maybe we can do something that will be helpful to our veterans and at the same time, address the cost to our local governments," Ra told News 12.