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Addabbo eyes improved health care and tax breaks for veterans


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The Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs has recently approved a legislative package of four bills, all co-sponsored by state Senator Joseph Addabbo, which aim to improve health care and help lower property taxes for veterans of all ages.

“Our veterans — whether they served many years ago or are returning home from service — deserve our utmost respect,” said Addabbo, who is the ranking member of the Senate Veterans Committee. “This package of bills is now moving towards a vote by the full Senate and I am hopeful they will be enacted by both houses of the state Legislature before the end of the 2015 legislative season.”

The four bills would establish a veterans’ gerontological advisory committee within the state Office for the Aging to help ensure the state plans appropriately for the needs of an aging veteran population, including programming for long-term and continuing care; health promotion and rehabilitation; and other issues of concern to aging servicemen and women.

Additionally, the state Division of Veterans Affairs would be required to form and disseminate to former service members a “fact sheet” regarding various veteran-specific health care services offered at local hospitals.

The bills would also green-light local real property tax exemptions for reservist veterans who served under the Federal Reserve Forces Act of 1955. This would provide them with tax savings similar to those already available to other Cold War-era service members.

Additionally, the bills will authorize local governments across New York State to adopt laws prohibiting increases in real property tax liability for veterans who are receiving tax exemptions related to their service.

“Full approval of these four pieces of legislation would help to advance important goals that I think we all hold for our veterans: the ability to access appropriate and effective health care services and the ability to keep roofs over their heads when other basic living expenses seem to be rising all the time,” Addabbo said. “We will never be able to adequately thank those who risked everything for all of us in service to our country, but working to ensure our veterans are able to enjoy a decent quality of life when they return to us is a step in the right direction.”

The bills are currently waiting to be considered by the full Senate. An Assembly committee is examining companion bills similar to Addabbo’s legislation.

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Five-alarm Middle Village fire destroys homes, displaces families


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A massive fire in Middle Village injured more than a dozen firefighters and took down six homes.

The blaze started just after 8 p.m. on Monday, according to FDNY officials, and quickly spread to five-alarms about an hour-and-a half later.

Firefighters got it under control at about 10:40 p.m. Investigators are still looking into what sparked the blaze.

The flames were so enormous nearly 200 firefighters responded to the scene and 13 received minor injuries. Three were taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, eight to Elmhurst Hospital, one to Jamaica Hospital and another was treated at the scene.

There were no civilians injured, but the blaze displaced seven families.

Red Cross teams met with 41 residents at the scene, and four families of eight adults and six children accepted emergency housing services at a local hotel.

Some of the families also received funds for food and clothes.

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State Senator Joseph Addabbo said all three of his district office locations in Howard Beach, Middle Village and Rockaway Beach will collect donations for the families that lost their homes and possessions in the fire.

Following the blaze, Addabbo said that he will introduce legislation for homeowners to apply for tax credits equivalent to reforming “cocklofts” or attics. Although the cause of the fire and how it spread is still under investigation, according to the FDNY flames spread through attached houses usually by way of attics.

Residents affected can call the Red Cross of Greater New York at 877-733-2767 for help if they still have not received services.

 

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