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GOP Assembly members seek intern opportunities for vets

ALBANY – A group of 36 Republican State Assembly members has asked Democrat Speaker Sheldon Silver to expand the Assembly internship program to include state residents who are veterans with a special emphasis on disabled vets.

Allow those veterans to apply for paid internships “sends the message that the New York State Assembly truly values the service of our state’s veterans in deeds as well as words,” the lawmakers wrote.

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor of Fishkill, one of the lawmakers who signed the letter to the Assembly leader, served in the armed forces in the Middle East.

“This program, Give Back New York, will be a great way to take those who have the actual military skills, the fighting skills, and the discipline and maturity that goes with that, transition them into the work world,” Lalor said. “One thing that is pretty incredible is unfortunately politicians, when you look at approval ratings are the lowest and when you look at our military, they are the highest, so we would actually benefit here in government from having more military personnel here.”

Other Hudson Valley Assembly members to sign the letter included Steven Katz and Peter Lopez.