Cuomo Signs Bill Extending Deadline For Veterans To Apply To Join FDNY

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November 11, 2019 - 6:38 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Some veterans hoping to join the FDNY will no longer be “too old” to join New York City’s Bravest.

Before marching in the 100th annual Veterans Day parade, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a package of bills, including one that extends the deadline for veterans to file their application papers.

“I’m gonna sign this bill, which is signing of all 14 bills for this veterans initiative package that says, ‘Thank you, we appreciate you, we appreciate your service and we remember it every day and this is our way of reciprocating for the honor of your service,’” said Cuomo prior to the signing.

The new time limit will allow Navy SEAL veteran Sean Donovan an opportunity to now join to FDNY. The 36-year-old previously missed the cut-off by six months.

He spoke after Cuomo’s bill signing saying he was grateful for the chance to now attend the Fire Academy.

An FDNY spokesman says at least three other veterans initially rejected because of their age will also get the chance to join.