State Sen. Greg Ball took to cable television to push for a bill that would give preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans, telling MSNBC that New York’s treatment of veterans returning from combat amounts to a “dereliction of duty.”
Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, made a Christmas Eve stop in MSNBC’s Manhattan studios to plug the New York Jobs for Heroes Act, which passed the Senate this year but wasn’t put to a vote in the state Assembly.
“We do a very good job at telling 18- and 19-year-old men and women, getting them to raise their right hand to say, ‘I’m willing to fight and die for this country,'” Ball said. “We do not do a good job transitioning them back into this economy.”
The bill, sponsored by Ball and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, would require state agencies to set a goal of awarding 3 percent of contracts to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. Ball launched a petition for the bill earlier this month.
Here’s Ball’s MSNBC appearance: