ALBANY — The New York Legislature has approved a goal of 6 percent state contracting with companies owned by service-disabled veterans.
The bill passed by the Senate and Assembly creates a state procurement unit to develop and coordinate a statewide plan that promotes contracting by state agencies with those companies.
It also calls for compiling a public directory of certified service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and monitoring and annual reporting on meeting the 6 percent goal.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a gathering of veterans last week symbolically signed a version of the bill.
The governor's office says New York is home to 900,000 veterans and three major active duty military installations at Fort Drum, Fort Hamilton and West Point.