Gov. Cuomo’s Announcement To Expand The Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive And Tribute (MERIT) Scholarship Program

“For more than a decade, Assembly Republicans have called for an expansion of the MERIT scholarship program to assist and honor the families of military heroes who have sacrificed so much for our country. Today’s announcement that the program will finally expand is a victory for all of New York’s courageous veterans and the end of a long, but worthwhile, fight.
 
I commend the bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Steve Hawley, who has carried this bill for the past 11 years. I also applaud the members of the Assembly Republican Conference who persisted in this endeavor, despite ongoing resistance from Assembly Democrats, even as recently as last week. 
 
Eight days ago, a handful of misguided liberals on the Assembly Committee on Higher Education voted against this proposal. But the public refused to accept it. It took far too long for New York Democrats to do the right thing; but what matters most is that the MERIT scholarship program will finally increase, and the children of deceased and disabled veterans will receive the benefits they truly deserve.”

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