Crouch Thrilled To See Governor Come Out In Support Of Gold Star Education Bill

April 15, 2019

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) is praising the governor’s remarks today on a bill that was held in committee by the Assembly Majority Tuesday morning, which would provide free college tuition and room and board to dependents of our military veterans who died in service to their country. A.2991 is a bill with bipartisan support in the Assembly.

The Chair of the Higher Education Committee, Deborah Glick called the bill an “Entitlement” and said that this would cost taxpayers “hundreds of thousands of dollars” before voting to hold the bill in committee. Ironically enough, this year’s budget provided an estimated $27 million in funding for New York’s DREAM Act which would provide fee college tuition to undocumented immigrants in New York. Yesterday the governor came out in support of the legislation and said he would sign it into law if it were to come to his desk this legislative session.

“This is a huge victory for our servicemen and their families,” said Crouch. “With the governor’s support, the only thing that stands in the way of this becoming law is passage in the Assembly and Senate. Like I stated earlier this week, this bill has bipartisan support, there is no reason it needed to be held in committee other than politics. I commend the governor for his remarks on this legislation and want to thank him for coming out in support of the bill. I encourage my colleagues in the Assembly Majority to bring this bill to the floor for a vote.”

Crouch added that he highly encourages his constituents to reach out to Assemblywoman Glick, who chairs the Higher Education Committee, to voice their support for the bill. She can be reached by email at glickd@nyassembly.gov, or by phone at 518-455-4841.