Legislation Expedites Professional Licenses For Military Spouses

License_AGovernor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation to expedite the professional licensure process for spouses of active duty military personnel transferred to New York who are licensed to practice in another state.

“This commonsense legislation breaks down artificial barriers that caused undue burdens on military families and opens the door for more career opportunities for military spouses in New York,” Cuomo said. “I’m proud to sign this measure into law and cut this unneeded red tape once and for all.”

The bill (A.4394-A/S.2947-A) will require expedited licensing and allow military spouses to obtain temporary licenses while their application is pending.

“As a veteran and a fighter for veteran’s causes, I am pleased that the governor signed my legislation into law,” said Assistant Assembly Speaker Felix W. Ortiz. “This law allows military spouses to pursue professional job opportunities that were closed to them before. We are now on par with the majority of states that recognize the importance of military families. We should always be able to support our armed forces in ways like this.”

The legislation requires the State Education Department to expedite the licensure process for professions overseen by SED for spouses of active duty members of the United States armed forces, National Guard, or reserves who are transferred to New York and who hold a license with substantially similar requirements from another state. It also authorizes SED to provide a temporary license to these military spouses so they can practice their profession immediately while their full licensure application is pending.

This new licensing process will apply to all SED licensed professions, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, engineers and mental health practitioners, among others.

Want It In Print?

We now offer matted and framed copies of articles upon request.

Anton Media Staff
In addition to its arts and entertainment publication Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group publishes 16 community newspapers, several magazines, specialty publications and websites. With brands dating back to 1877, Anton has a commitment to deliver trusted and relevant content to the communities it serves.

Leave a Reply




Celebrating Long Island’s Veterans

In honor of Memorial Day, Anton Media Group is publishing the biographies of this year’s Port Washington Grand Marshals.

Column: Student Perspectives During The COVID-19 Pandemic

A local student founded Long Island Laboring Against COVID-19, or LILAC, an organization that raises funds to serve COVID-19 patients, medical professionals, first responders and frontline workers putting their lives at risk. 

Students Make Blankets For Frontline Workers

Sabelle Rosen, a Plandome resident and junior at Friends Academy in Locust Valley and Ari Chananya a junior at Jericho High School, were so...

Inside Politics: The Weekly Newspaper Is A Treasure

The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on all sorts of printed media.

Farmingdale Fitness Business Pays It Forward In The Face Of COVID-19

Guided by a firm belief that positivity is far more contagious than negativity, the Long Island business owner is continuing to spread good vibes while keeping his dream alive.

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.