Round 2: Bill to provide free tuition to Gold Star Families in New York reintroduced

Elizabeth Howe
April 16, 2019 - 9:00 am

Photo courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Less than a week after Assembly Democrats blocked similar legislation, Sen. John Brooks (D - NY) introduced new legislation proposing free public college tuition for families of New York military members who died in the line of duty. 

Sen. John Brooks of Long Island announced his legislation Monday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Lindenhurst alongside veterans and members of the Senate’s Democratic majority.

Brooks’ measure would also provide free tuition to family members of military members who are permanently disabled or missing in action.

The previous legislation was rejected by Assembly Democrats based on the argument that the bill too loosely defined the parameters of eligibility and that it was introduced outside the state budget process and did not allow for proper financing. The new legislation was introduced with a one-year time window to allow for budget analysis.

Through a state scholarship program, New York already covers college costs for the families of those who have been killed or severely disabled in a combat zone or training operations.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.