State Sen. John DeFrancisco's bill ending double sales taxation on vehicles owned by military servicemembers from New York was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Under the new law, if a military member from New York returns home, they will be exempt from paying sales and use tax when registering a vehicle purchased outside of the state.
"The men and women who protect our country sacrifice a great deal and when they return to civilian life they may face many challenges," DeFrancisco, a U.S. Air Force veteran, said in a statement. "We have a responsibility to show them our gratitude by making their homecoming as easy as possible. This new state law will provide them some assistance for their selfless service."
Cuomo also signed a bill sponsored by DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, that reduces the number of hours required for employers to receive a tax credit through the New York Youth Works program.
The Youth Works program provides tax credits to business that employ at-risk individuals between ages 16 and 24. For businesses to be eligble for the tax credit, they had to have youth employees work a minimum of 20 hours a week. Under the new law backed by DeFrancisco, the new minimum will be 10 hours per week.
"By reducing the minimum number of hours, students will be able to focus more time on their school work while still having the chance to gain valuable work experience," DeFrancisco said. "At the same time, businesses will continue to receive important tax credits for creating and maintaining local jobs."
Both bills will go into effect immediately.