Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NY Am Legion Urges School Tax Break for Vets

Ken Governor
Ken Governor
ALBANY -- The New York State American Legion Family of more than 200,000 members is urging local municipalities and other governing bodies of school districts to approve a partial school tax exemption for veterans. Legislation signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in December allows municipalities to adopt a local school tax abatement law "to show their appreciation for the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans," noted state American Legion Commander Kenneth Governor.

Monday, March 24, 2014

2 Women Spur Tuition Bill for Vets

Karyn Porempski & Julie Kleszczewski
Karyn Porempski &
Julie Kleszczewski
A number of states charge a small tuition to residents of the state attending a state college and a much higher tuition for out-of-state students. Because of their military moves, veterans often end up trying to better themselves by enrolling in a state school wherever they land -- and struggle with the higher out-of-state tuition rate. After hearing stories of such struggling veterans, two members of the Department of New York Auxiliary decided to do something about it.

Legion, Legislators Team Up for Hill Day

ALBANY -- While the American Legion is pushing for some 15 proposals for the State Legislature to enact, there are three core issues affecting veterans today -- jobs, homelessness and suicide, New York State American Legion Legislative Chair Joseph Barry told the Hill Day Legislative Breakfast March 18 at the Albany Hilton Hotel.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

5 Finalists Compete in State Oratorical Contest

Andrew Hartnett
Andrew Hartnett
ALBANY -- Five high school students from around New York State competed Saturday (March 8) in the New York State American Legion Oratorical Contest at Sand Creek Middle School here, with Andrew R. Hartnett of Cobleskill-Richmondville High School grabbing the state title.

Commander Honors 4 in Western NY

Ken Governor honors Donald Griffin
Commander Ken Governor
honors J. Donald Griffin.
In a swing through western New York counties in the 8th District Feb. 27-March 2, Department Commander Kenneth Governor honored four Legionnaires with the Department Commander's Award of Excellence.