Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is asking for the restoration of $1.6 million in state budget cuts to agencies that provide services to veterans.

Brindisi met with members of American Legion posts in Albany today, who expressed their strong support to preserve state funding for veterans organizations.

The Assemblyman says cutting services to veterans is not wise and will cost communities more in the long run.

“The programs and services proposed for cutbacks this year in many cases are lifelines for our veterans.  The best way to honor the brave New Yorkers who helped keep us save is to protect the vital programs that help them find jobs, resolve legal conflicts, and obtain mental health services.  The rising number of homeless vets will not decrease if we don’t devote the proper resources to help them become productive citizens, and I have am asking for the restoration of cuts in the state budget for programs and services for veterans,” Brindisi said.

Brindisi has written to Governor Andrew Cuomo, asking him to restore the funding in his 2017 Executive Budget.

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