Capital New York:
Just weeks after he vetoed it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he would push for a version of a measure in the state budget allowing service members to purchase credit toward the public retirement system based on their years of service.
The vetoed legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and state Sen. Bill Larkin, would have allowed members of a public retirement system to obtain three years of service credit for up to three years of military duty if they were honorably discharged. The bill would have also broadened eligible servicemembers to include those who served in peacetime and those who served during more-recent conflicts.
“The Governor and legislative sponsors plan to work over the next two months to refine the proposal for introduction in the next budget,” Cuomo’s office said in a press release.
In his veto message in October, Cuomo said the legislation included “no viable funding source.”