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Lawmakers seek to protect municipal jobs for veterans

from Daily News

The civil service system is a pipeline of municipal jobs for military veterans returning from active duty in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. But as cities and towns increasingly seek exemptions from state-mandated civil service requirements — which give preference to veterans for jobs as police officers and firefighters — veterans advocacy groups say ex-military job applicants are being edged out of the hiring process. Lawmakers, whom seldom deny home rule petitions from communities to exempt them from civil service requirements, are beginning to take notice. more

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