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* IMPORTANT UPDATE *

  • The next meeting of the Nassau County Civil Service Commission will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DISABLED VETERANS REGARDING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL CREDITS*

On November 5, 2013, New York State voters approved an amendment to Article 5, section 6, of the New York Constitution regarding the award and use of additional credits for certain disabled veterans on open competitive and promotion civil service examinations for positions with New York State and local governments. Click Here to view the text of this section

CRITERIA:
If non-disabled veterans credits have previously been used to obtain an appointment or promotion, for eligible lists established after January 1, 2014, disabled veterans may be entitled to additional credits on a civil service examination if:
  • they have used non-disabled veterans credits to obtain an appointment or promotion with New York State or a local government; and,
  • subsequent to such use, they have been determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA"; formerly known as the United States Veterans Administration) to be a qualified disabled veteran, as defined in the New York State Civil Service Law.
    In such cases, the disabled veteran shall be entitled to apply for and use 10 credits on New York State and local open competitive and promotion examinations, minus the number of non-disabled credits he or she has previously used. The additional credits can only be used once.

    EXAMPLE OF THE NEW DISABLED VETERANS' BENEFIT:
    • On 6/1/11, a veteran received an original permanent appointment with a New York State agency. He or she obtained the appointment using the 5 veteran credits added to his or her civil service examination score.
    • On 9/1/12, he or she was certified as being a qualified disabled veteran by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
    • On 1/5/14, he or she applied for a New York State civil service promotion examination. Based upon the Constitutional amendment, he or she is now eligible to apply for and receive additional credits as a disabled veteran. He or she would be entitled to have 5 additional disabled veteran credits added to his or her passing promotion examination score (10 credits as a disabled veteran minus the 5 credits he or she has already used as a non-disabled veteran).

    Every situation is different. The New York State Department of Civil Service has posted on their website a list of "Frequently Asked Questions" at www.cs.ny.gov/vetcredits/

    HOW TO APPLY FOR CREDITS
    If, after reviewing this information, you believe you are entitled to these extra credits, click on the link below, print out the form, complete the bottom portion, and return the entire form and a copy of your Disability Award Letter with your completed application for either open competitive or promotional Nasau County civil service examination(s). Please be advised that such credits shall be granted only at the time of establishment of an eligible list. Once the eligible list has been established, no veterans credits will be added.


    The Nassau County Civil Service Commission was established pursuant to Article XII and expanded by amendments to Nassau County Government Law, in accordance with provisions in New York State Civil Service Law and the New York State Constitution.

    The purpose of the Nassau County Civil Service Commission is to administer New York State Civil Service Law and ensure Nassau County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness. We currently service 33 County departments and 234 municipal agencies, including the Towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, Nassau County school districts, libraries, villages and special districts.

    The Commission is comprised of a policy-making Board with three Commissioners, an executive director, and seven specialized main divisions. These divisions are Recruitment, Classification, Qualification, Examination, Placement, County Transactions and Municipal Transactions.

    Recruitment administers all Civil Service exams. They are responsible for preparing examination announcements and reconcile examination results from the State Civil Service Commission prior to the establishment of eligible lists.

    Classification defines all positions, according to the duties to be performed by incumbents of those positions, and establishes training and experience requirements for the positions.

    Qualification reviews all applications, for both examination and employment, in Nassau County Departments, towns, villages, school districts and special districts.

    Examination plans, organizes and supervises special and standard testing programs. They determine areas appropriate for written tests and review test items for subject matter based on standards and appropriateness of content.

    Placement establishes, maintains and certifies eligible lists. They are also responsible for verifying that competitive class appointments are made in accordance with Civil Service Law.

    County Transactions, in addition to acting as a liaison between the Commission and the various County departments, reviews all appointments of Nassau County employees prior to employment, in order to ensure that all legal requirements have been met. They maintain roster records for approximately 18,000 County employees and certify County department payrolls to ensure that the employment practices of these departments continue to be in compliance with New York State Civil Service Law and Nassau County Civil Service Rules made pursuant to that law.

    Municipal Transactions, in addition to acting as a liaison between the Commission and the various municipal agencies, reviews all appointments of municipal employees prior to employment in order to ensure that all Civil Service requirements have been met. They maintain roster records for approximately 27,000 municipal employees and certify municipal payrolls to ensure that the employment practices of municipal agencies under our jurisdiction continue to be in compliance with New York State Civil Service Law and Nassau County Civil Service Rules made pursuant to that law.