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Cuomo signs 14 veterans' bills, avoids Trump in NYC

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo marched in the Veterans Day parade in New York City. He mostly avoided President Donald Trump, who  also spoke at the event.

Cuomo signed several bills that will help Veterans, including providing absentee ballots for those actively serving in the military to vote in school district elections, and making veterans eligible for a property tax exemption, if they have to modify their home after suffering an injury while serving in the military. Cuomo also authorized a study to determine how many homeless Veterans there are in New York State, and says the state will build its first veteran’s cemetery .

The feuding President and Governor put aside their differences for the day, both giving remarks that honored vets, and not mentioned a disagreement that’s stemmed from Trump moving his official residence from New York to Florida.

Cuomo, asked by reporters, says he’s fine with Trump also attending the parade.

“The more people who celebrate and honor Veterans Day, the better,” said Cuomo. “If the President chose New York to honor veterans, that’s great, as far as I’m concerned.”

The two men did not meet during the event.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.