ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Senate has approved a new program that aims to ensure proper burials for veterans whose bodies are unclaimed.
  
The Democrat-led chamber passed the bill Tuesday on a unanimous vote.
  
It would require local governments to work with veteran organizations whenever a veteran's next of kin cannot be identified.
  
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Michael Gianaris, a Queens Democrat, says no one is more deserving of a respectful burial than the men and women who served in the armed forces.
  
The bill has not yet received a vote in the Democrat-led Assembly.