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Seward meets with American Legion reps in Albany

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. - State Senator James Seward met Tuesday in Albany with American Legion representatives from across the state during the annual legislative breakfast.

"I have a great deal of respect and appreciation for the sacrifices made by our proud servicemen and women," said Senator Seward. "I was pleased to discuss their concerns and learn more about legislation supported by the American Legion and our 1.7 million New York State veterans."

The recently adopted senate budget for fiscal year 2013-14 includes $500,000 for the establishment of a New York State Veterans cemetery. The senate budget also creates the Hire-a-Vet tax credit that would provide a tax credit to any business that hires a veteran returning home from military service. That credit will equal 10 percent of wages paid -- increasing to 15 percent of wages if the veteran is also disabled.

"Both the New York State Veterans cemetery and the Hire-a-Vet program have been embraced by the state senate in the past. By including these measure in the senate budget, the goal is to bring the assembly and the governor into the fold as well and secure final adoption of these programs that have great value to our servicemen and women," Seward added.

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