“Give Back NY” Would Set Aside Assembly Intern Openings for NYS Service-Disabled Veterans
February 4, 2014 – Albany, N.Y. – Tully Rinckey PLLC Managing Partner Greg T. Rinckey today joined New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco in calling for increased opportunities for service-disabled veterans in the Assembly Session Internship Program. The paid internship program each year provides scores of college students with the opportunity to participate in the legislative process in Albany and gain valuable work experience.
Under Assemblyman Tedisco’s proposal, dubbed “Give Back NY,” 10 percent to 15 percent of the openings in the Assembly Session Internship Program would be reserved for service-disabled veterans. The program currently has 120 paid student interns and last year it had 180. Assemblyman Tedisco’s request to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for the service-disabled-veteran set aside also has the support of Assemblymen Steve Hawley and Kieran Michael Lalor.
Noting how three in 10 post-9/11 veterans reported having a service-connected disability and their unemployment rate was 8 percent by August 2012, Mr. Rinckey urged the Assembly to help service members make the sometimes difficult transition into the civilian workforce. From former Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower to former Secretary of State Collin L. Powell, Mr. Rinckey noted the military has a long tradition of producing great American political leaders.
“Duty. Honor. Commitment to excellence. These are the virtues the military instills in those who serve. We want people with these virtues working in the Capitol. We need it, and they do, too,” said Mr. Rinckey. “As a veteran myself, I commend Assemblyman Tedisco for his leadership and commitment to the service-disabled veteran community,” said Mr. Rinckey.
Mr. Rinckey is a former Army captain who served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps for six years prior to forming a law firm in Albany with Founding Partner Mathew B. Tully, a lieutenant colonel in the New York Army National Guard. Their Tully Rinckey PLLC is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB). Tully Rinckey PLLC’s military law team features 11 attorneys – nine of whom have served in the Armed Forces. Eight of them have served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In upstate New York, the firm has offices in Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. In early 2012, Mr. Tully was deployed to Afghanistan, and his service there afforded him the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. It was his third overseas deployment since establishing the firm in Albany in 2004.
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