Chuck’s Aunt Lil was a Gold Star Mother. Her son, William, was a teenaged armored cavalry machine gunner killed in combat against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines on May 23, 1945. For Chuck, respect for and protection of our veterans and their families must be a fundamental principle of American life.
In his first term, Chuck authored a bill known as the “New York G.I. Bill of Rights.” It provided for educational incentives for returning vets and their families, financing for physical and emotional therapy and a state-wide survey to determine the numbers of veterans who were homeless.
Chuck was pleased that New York’s 2007 budget adopted his bill’s provision that returning veterans enrolling in college would be entitled to receive a grant equal to the amount of tuition at a SUNY or CUNY school to help pay for their education.
Chuck was honored to have written and secured passage of a law that permits Cold War veterans residing in Nassau County to receive a partial exemption on their real property taxes in recognition of their service to our nation.
Chuck remains a fierce defender of the rights of our brave troops and their courageous families.