Relates to veterans' credits for civil service appointments and promotions; increases the credit preference for wartime and disabled wartime veterans by five points for a competitive examination for original appointment and by two and one-half points for a competitive examination for promotion.
Ayes (31): DeFrancisco, Alesi, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, Robach, Saland, Seward, Young, Krueger, Breslin, Dilan, Gianaris, Montgomery, Oppenheimer, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Squadron
Ayes W/R (2): Duane, Rivera
Excused (2): Johnson, Diaz
TITLE OF BILL: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to section 6 of article 5 of the constitution, in relation to veterans' credits for civil service appointments and promotions
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This legislation increases the point of credit for veterans and disabled veterans with regard to civil service appointments and promotions.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 85 of the civil service law to increase from 10 to 15 additional points on an appointment exam for disabled veterans, and 7.5 points on a promotional exam. Also increases from 5 to 10 additional credit for non-disabled veterans for original exams, and from 2.5 points to 5 on a promotional exam.
JUSTIFICATION: Veterans across New York State are struggling to find employment in private-sector industries hit hard by the recession. Unemployment among all veterans in New York is over 7 percent. Unemployment has reached a staggering 20 percent for veterans under the age of 30 who recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a significant number of recently returned veterans have reported service-connected disabilities.
Our servicemen and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. We are therefore responsible for enhancing their economic opportunities to provide for themselves and for their families when they return home. This bill will achieve this by providing tax relief to businesses that hire returning and wounded veterans.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6081 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 4, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to section 6 of article 5 of the constitution, in relation to veterans' credits for civil service appointments and promotions Section 1. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That section 6 of arti- cle 5 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: S 6. Appointments and promotions in the civil service of the state and all of the civil divisions thereof, including cities and villages, shall be made according to merit and fitness to be ascertained, as far as practicable, by examination which, as far as practicable, shall be competitive; provided, however, that any member of the armed forces of the United States who served therein in time of war, and who, at the time of such member's appointment or promotion, is a citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States and a resident of this state and is honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from such service, shall be entitled to receive [five] TEN points additional credit in a competitive examination for original appointment and [two and one-half] FIVE points additional cred- it in an examination for promotion or, if such member was disabled in the actual performance of duty in any war and his or her disability is certified by the United States department of veterans affairs to be in existence at the time of application for appointment or promotion, he or she shall be entitled to receive [ten] FIFTEEN points additional credit in a competitive examination for original appointment and [five] SEVEN AND ONE-HALF points additional credit in an examination for promotion. Such additional credit shall be added to the final earned rating of such member after he or she has qualified in an examination and shall be granted only at the time of establishment of an eligible list. No such member shall receive the additional credit granted by this section after he or she has received one appointment, either original entrance or promotion, from an eligible list on which he or she was allowed the additional credit granted by this section. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD89141-01-2 S. 6081 2 S 2. Resolved (if the Assembly concur), That the foregoing amendment be referred to the first regular legislative session convening after the next succeeding general election of members of the assembly, and, in conformity with section 1 of article 19 of the constitution, be published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.