2018-09-12 / Features

DenDekker, Vet Discuss Half-Fare MetroCard Bill


Assembly Member Michael DenDekker (r.) met with World War II veteran H.P. Schroer (l.), director of veterans’ advocacy group U and ME Become WE. Assembly Member Michael DenDekker (r.) met with World War II veteran H.P. Schroer (l.), director of veterans’ advocacy group U and ME Become WE. Recently, Assembly Member Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights) hosted World War II veteran H.P. Schroer, director of veterans’ advocacy group U and ME Become WE, to discuss a range of issues, including a bill being considered in the State Assembly that would give all veterans half-fare MetroCards.

Mr. Schroer says that he was inspired to advocate in favor of half-fare MetroCards for all veterans after learning that veterans enrolled at New York City colleges would become eligible for half-fares after the city passed a law enacting “Fair Fares” earlier this year. Unfortunately, few veterans can take advantage of that program. “Only 5% of veterans qualify for half-fares,” said Schroer. That leaves the overwhelming majority of New York City’s 167,000 veterans paying the regular $2.75 fare. Shroer believes that more veterans should be entitled to a MetroCard discount, and strongly supports a bill before the Assembly (Bill number A.1770) that would give half-fare rates to all veterans.

“Veterans should be entitled to a reduced-fare MetroCard, and I will do everything in my power to help Mr. Schroer achieve that goal,” said Assembly Member DenDekker, who is the chair of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “It is imperative that the State of New York honors its veterans and adequately serves them.”

Assembly Member DenDekker is currently a co-sponsor of the bill in the Assembly.

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