Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a handful of the bills on his desk that had an Aug. 1 deadline, including one that would have provided additional health services for veterans.
Cuomo killed the bill, which would have required the Division of Veterans’ Affairs to diagnose and treat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury or another brain-related disorder. The governor wrote in a memorandum explaining the veto that the veterans’ agency doesn’t have the resources to provide such services and the Legislature did not provide additional funding for them. He noted that he supports the bill’s “important overall objective,” though.
“DVA will continue to actively collaborate with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides comprehensive assistance to veterans who suffer from these conditions through a number of programs,” he wrote.
Another bill Cuomo vetoed deals with payments of surcharges to health care providers. Retroactive to Jan. 1, the bill would have revived an expired amnesty period allowing consumers with outstanding Health Care Reform Act surcharges and assessments to make payments to the Department of Health without paying interest or penalties.
The governor wrote that the state budget would have been the proper context for addressing the issue.
Several of the bills he approved were local, affecting only one town or county, such as new laws that expand services of the Monroe County Water Authority to the town of Kendall, Orleans County, and the the towns of Canadice and Richmond, as well as the village of Bloomfield, all in Ontario County.
A statewide bill he signed prohibits the release of wild or exotic animals that are kept as pets and charges the animals’ owner with any costs necessary for recapture.
Another new law requires the Department of Environmental Conservation to include in their existing publications information on legislation affecting the eradication or management of invasive species. These species, often brought into New York’s waterways and other ecosystems by boaters and travelers, can be harmful to the environment.
A new law related to the sale of alcohol allows brewery owners to sell their beer at restaurants or other retail locations that they own, which was illegal under previous law.