Gov. Andrew Cuomo OK’d legislation allowing Navy SEAL Shaun Donovan to join the city’s Fire Department as part of a package of bills he signed Monday commemorating the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day.
Donovan was originally rejected from the FDNY because he missed the application deadline by nearly seven months due to his deployment.
The new law will allow Donovan and others passed over to become smoke eaters by extending the qualifying period for all active military members seeking public employment in New York City by a year.
Other vet friendly bills that Cuomo signed include one creating a study of veteran homeless across the state and another that extends a program that allows vets who did not complete high school to complete their courses and earn diplomas.