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2007-B-08: Preference in Admission for Disabled Veterans

To: All Housing Companies Owners, Managing Agents and Site Managers

From: Jane I. Berrie, Director Housing Management Bureau

Date: November 6, 2007

Subject: Preference in Admission for Disabled Veterans


A recent amendment to Section 31 of the Private Housing Finance Law requires that housing companies give preference in admission to disabled veterans as defined in Section 85 of the Civil Service Law. For housing companies with open waiting lists, this law becomes applicable on November 27, 2007. For housing companies with closed waiting lists, this law becomes applicable to each list when it is reopened. The amendment and a summary of the relevant definition of "disabled veteran" are attached for reference. The complete text of Section 85 of the Civil Service Law may be found in the "Laws of New York" link at: http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us.

Accordingly, housing companies with open waiting lists, and those planning to reopen a waiting list for one or more apartment sizes, are directed to implement the disabled veteran preference as follows:

If you have any questions regarding the implementation of this preference, please contact your assigned Housing Management Representative.

Jane I. Berrie

Last updated on 09/30/09