As a former Chair of the Assembly Veterans Committee, Assemblyman Magnarelli continues to support our Armed
Forces. He reinvigorated the Annual Veterans Parade in Onondaga County in 2008 after it had been all but forgotten. He has built support for the parade, which now has thousands of spectators watching more than 100 organizations put on an hour and a half long parade filled with performances, music and local
veterans from all conflicts since WWII.
Assemblyman Magnarelli continues to advocate in the Assembly
for legislation that will benefit our veterans. He passed legislation
that will help veterans in need of mental health and/or substance
abuse services. This bill requires that the NYS Division of Veterans
Affairs keep this information available on its website. He also
passed legislation that protects military funerals from protestors,
allowing localities to require permits for demonstrators, expanding
the buffer zone around services and ensuring violators are
Additionally, he has sponsored legislation that will allow
Afghan War veterans that enter the NYS Pension system to
receive pension credit for that service.
Veteran-Owned Business Act 2014
Assemblyman Magnarelli announced that a bi-partisan agreement has been reached by the Assembly, Senate and governor to implement the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act. The act sets a 6-percent participation goal in the awarding of state contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.
New York is home to more than 900,000 veterans, 72 percent of whom have served during periods of conflict. Approximately 88,000 New Yorkers served in Afghanistan or Iraq. Additionally, the state is home to approximately 30,000 active duty military personnel, as well as 30,000 National Guard and Reserve personnel. In addition, 1 in 7 veterans are self-employed or small-business owners.
Assemblyman Magnarelli said, “The beauty of this program is we’re spurring job creation while helping veterans and their families get ahead and honoring the sacrifice these brave men and women have made for our country and our sate.”