Gold Star families in New York won't get college tuition break

But, still covered under scholarship

Julia LeDoux
April 10, 2019 - 2:19 pm
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New York State lawmakers on Tuesday declined to move forward a bill that would have expanded a program that covers the cost of higher education to  the families of service members from NY who were killed while performing official duties.  

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The bipartisan bill was voted down 15 to 11 by the state Assembly’s Higher Education Committee.  The vote ended any chance it had of making it to a floor vote this legislative session. Four Democrats voted against keeping the bill in committee.

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

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“Soldiers who lay down their lives and make the ultimate sacrifice represent theNew ew best of us. The children they love so dearly deserve access to the opportunity and promise that is the hallmark of this country,” said Assemblyman Gary Finch. “I can’t imagine what’s in your heart when you vote ‘no’ on a bill like this.”

Assemblyman Will Barclay, who co-sponsored the bill, estimated 500 or fewer college students would be eligible for the tuition aid. Under the proposal, the state would have paid for children, spouses and financial dependents of New York service members killed in action to attend State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York schools (CUNY).

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