`Senator Simcha Felder was proud to sponsor two bills that the New York State Senate passed to help veterans with disabilities afford their homes and also guide the state in developing services for aging veterans. The bills provide property tax exemptions for certain veterans with full disabilities and create a new advisory panel to help establish effective policies and programs for aging veterans.
“Helping disabled veterans keep their homes allows us to support and honor those who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom and way of life,” said Senator Felder. “The property tax exemption bill, introduced by my colleague Senator Andrew Lanza from Staten Island, would benefit disabled veterans or their unmarried surviving spouse when the veteran’s injuries were sustained as a result of military service. Veterans would be eligible for the exemption by having served in a combat theater or combat zone.”
Senator Felder also sponsored a bill introduced by his colleague Senator Mike Ranzenhofer (Amherst) to create a Veterans Gerontological Advisory Committee. The Committee would advise the Director of the State Office of the Aging on policies, programs, services and trends affecting New York’s aging veteran population. Members would include experts on aging and veteran issues.
“This bill will help our aging veterans receive the care they deserve,” said Senator Felder. “At no cost to New Yorkers, the advisory committee will be able to provide crucial recommendations aimed at improving the care and support available to aging veterans. Our veterans deserve no less.”