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Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders at a Veterans and Military Families Summit last week announced an agreement on legislation to award six percent of state contracts to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/13291500255/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders at a Veterans and Military Families Summit last week announced an agreement on legislation to award six percent of state contracts to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

NY Legislature OKs contracting goal for veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Legislature has approved a goal of 6 percent state contracting with companies owned by service-disabled veterans.

The bill passed by the Senate and Assembly creates a state procurement unit to develop and coordinate a statewide plan that promotes contracting by state agencies with those companies.

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It also calls for compiling a public directory of certified service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and monitoring and annual reporting on meeting the 6 percent goal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a gathering of veterans last week symbolically signed a version of the bill.

The governor's office says New York is home to 900,000 veterans and three major active duty military installations at Fort Drum, Fort Hamilton and West Point.

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