The Senate recognizes that veterans, whether from recent conflicts or great wars of the past, are responsible for safeguarding the freedoms we all enjoy today. Through the leadership of Majority Conference Leader John Sampson and Senator Eric L. Adams, Chair of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, the Senate is developing policies and programs that assist, support, promote, and honor New York’s heroes; below are stories and announcements concerning these efforts.

Initiative Updates

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On Veterans Day

Today we pay tribute to our country’s greatest heroes – the brave women and men of our armed services – who have risked life and limb in defense of our nation.

November 11, 2010

Veterans First

Majority Supports New Programs to Benefit New York's Servicemen and Women

(Albany, NY) The State Senate Democratic Majority passed eleven pieces of legislation which will expand or launch new benefits programs for the brave New Yorkers who have fought for our nation’s freedom.

The Majority’s legislation package will offer veterans and current Soldiers greater access to state programs, including:

June 2, 2010

Senator Adams Co-Hosts a Senate Hearing on Veterans' Access to Higher Education

NYS Senator Eric Adams Co-Hosting a Hearing on Acceess for Veterans to Higher Education, Hears Testimony on Special Programs for War Veterans

May 19, 2010

Senate Hearing On Veterans' Access To Higher Education

The Senate Democratic Majority held a public hearing hosted by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (Chairwoman of the Senate Higher Education Committee) and Senator Eric Adams (Chair of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee) to discu

May 17, 2010

Nominate a Veteran for the Veterans Hall Fame

The Senate has a Veterans Hall Of Fame, and each Senator can honor a veteran from his or her district. If you know a veteran who should be honored, fill out the form below and it will be submitted to his or her Senator for review.

Nominees will be submitted to your Senator, or Senator in whose district the veteran resides, for review and final selection.

Click here for more info.

May 3, 2010

Public Hearing: Joint - Senate Standing Committee Hearing-" From Battlegrounds to Classrooms"

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Eric Adamsand Senate Standing Committee on Higher EducationChair: Senator Toby Ann StaviskyPublic Hearing: From Battlegrounds to ClassroomsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 12:00pm – 3:00 P.M.

May 17, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Senate Honors United States Military Academy At West Point

The Senate Democratic Majority honored officers and cadets from West Point Military Academy today, passing a resolution proclaiming April 28, 2010 as West Point Day in New York. Each year, the Senate commemorates the establishment of the United States Military Academy at West Point and recognizes the special relationship New York has with the academy.

April 28, 2010

West Point Day 2010

Senators Adams and Larkin talk about the service, sacrifice, honor and excellence of the cadets at West Point.

April 28, 2010