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April 15, 2016 – Albany, N.Y. – Tully Rinckey PLLC Founding Partner and decorated Army Veteran Mathew Tully today backed proposed legislation that would allow veterans injured in the line of duty to have their own designated parking spots at businesses throughout the state.
At an event held this morning at the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady, Tully lent his support to new legislation sponsored by State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, to make the spaces a requirement for businesses. Today, miSci unveiled a similar parking spot, which staff voluntarily marked as space for combat-wounded drivers with a specially created sign.
“Availability of these new parking spaces is not only an important way to show our appreciation for veterans who gave so much while serving our country; the designated parking can also provide needed relief for those who still suffer from injuries sustained in the armed forces,” said Tully.
Except in cases where small businesses have limited parking, the proposed legislation (A09064) would make it a requirement for businesses to designate parking spaces for use by wounded warriors. Spaces would be marked with a sign, and lined with purple paint. Businesses that would like to voluntarily designate their own parking spaces for wounded veterans may request a sign through the Wounded Warriors Family Support’s Combat Parking initiative.
Tully is also advocating for a law similar to one in New Jersey, which would allow all those with a Purple Heart license plate be allowed to park without payment to parking meters. Since elected in October 2014, Tully is the New York State Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
In addition, the event celebrated Purple Up Day with all participants asked to wear purple in honor of April’s Month of the Military Child.
Tully served in the U.S. Army for nearly 20 years, retiring from the New York Army National Guard at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. Throughout his military career, he was deployed to Iraq, Egypt and Afghanistan. As a result of his service in the latter, he was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal resulting from injuries sustained in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack. He was most recently recognized as one of 2015’s most influential and impactful veterans by HillVets, a nonprofit group of bipartisan veterans and supporters empowering veterans to advance in careers following military service.
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