Issues: Homeland Security

Ortt Introduces Legislation Following Tennessee Shooting

Senator’s Bill Would Implement Better Safety Measures at Military Recruiting Centers   

BUFFALO – On the heels of the Chattanooga shooting, Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) gathered with local leaders and veterans at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park today to announce legislation he is introducing to better protect members of the National Guard and ROTC around the state. Senator Ortt’s bill (S.6021A) would establish a 13-member group of experts to examine New York State National Guard recruiting centers and ROTC units and form recommendations to improve their security and protection systems. 

July 24, 2015
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SENATOR CROCI CALLS ON MAYOR DeBLASIO TO REPEAL NYC SANCTUARY POLICY, REINSTATE ANTI-TERROR MEASURES

SENATOR CROCI CALLS ON MAYOR DeBLASIO TO REPEAL NYC SANCTUARY POLICY, REINSTATE ANTI-TERROR MEASURES

Senator Croci calls for the repeal of the controversial NYC sanctuary law in light of the recent terrorist threats and San Francisco murder of Kate Steinle by a felon in the United States illegally

New York State Senator Thomas D. Croci (R-C-I, Sayville), Chairman of the Senate’s Homeland Security, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, called on New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio to reverse the city’s “sanctuary policy” for illegal immigrants and cooperate with Federal immigration authorities conducting appropriate deportation activities. 

“According to the Federal Department of Homeland Security, in the past four years alone 121 illegal aliens with criminal records that were released from deportation proceedings have been charged with murder after their release,” said Senator Croci.  “That’s more than one every two weeks.  The recent murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco is just the most recent example. However well intentioned, it is clear that a non-cooperation policy puts lives at risk and should be abandoned.  We should not be providing a sanctuary to those persons who have come here illegally, been arrested and then given the chance to avoid deportation.  In light of the increased threats posed by ISIS and terrorists worldwide, we must be smart about those who would come to New York City to harm New Yorkers.  We cannot afford to expose New Yorkers to harm for a misguided political ideology.”

July 14, 2015
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RITCHIE INVITES NORTH COUNTRY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR SEARCHERS

Free Posters Available in Appreciation for Long Hours Served to Catch Escaped Killers and Keep Us Safe

June 19, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Thomas Croci, Chair 10:30 AM, Monday, June 1, 2015 Room 123 CAP

The Committee will consider the following Nominations: Kevin Bradley, Major General, New York Air National Guard (TO APPEAR) Anthony German, Major General, New York Air National Guard (TO APPEAR)

June 1, 10:30 AM - 10:38 AM
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs  Senator Thomas Croci, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, May 28, 2015  Room 124 CAP

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND DATE OF MEETING 

May 28, 9:30 AM - 9:36 AM
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Public Hearing: To address New York State’s cyber security infrastructure, including the challenges, risks and protocols used to protect state information, hardware, software and systems

Senate Standing Committee on CodesChair: Senator Michael NozzolioSenate Standing Committee on Consumer ProtectionChair: Senator Michael Vendittoand Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Thomas CrociPublic Hearing: To address New York State’s cyber security infrastructure, including the challenges, risks and protocols used to protect state information, hardware, software and systems.Place: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559; Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 20, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs  Senator Thomas Croci, Chair  11:30 AM, Monday, May 4, 2015  Room 124 CAP

May 4, 11:30 AM - 11:36 AM
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Orleans County Awarded $105,000 for Disaster Preparedness Efforts

Funding will help to train first responders prepare and respond to emergencies

Orleans County, represented by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) is one of several counties across the state to receive a federal grant in support of anti-terrorism programs and emergency preparedness activities. Orleans County has been awarded $105,000 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Homeland Security Grant Program. This funding will help prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.

 

April 9, 2015
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Area counties in line for homeland security grants

Elmira, N.Y., April 9—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said that each of the counties he represents as part of New York’s 58th Senate District will receive public safety and security funding as part of a new package of $233 million in federal grants being distributed statewide to support local emergency response operations.

April 9, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Congratulates John P. Melville on Confirmation as Commissioner of NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services

(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that Goshen, NY resident, John P. Melville has been confirmed as the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, by the New York State Senate. Prior to his confirmation, Melville served as a sworn member of the New York State Police for 31 years. He served as a Major in Troop F and Troop NYC, coordinating the State Police’s response to the September 11th terrorist attacks.

March 30, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs  Senator Thomas Croci, Chair  11:30 AM, Monday, March 30, 2015  Room 124 CAP

March 30, 11:30 AM - 11:56 AM
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Ortt and Emergency Chief Discuss State Security

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) met with New York State Acting Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services John Melville in Senator Ortt’s Albany office Monday. The two discussed national and cyber security concerns across the state. Melville provided details on emergency preparedness and crisis response following extreme weather conditions this winter. Ortt also advocated for the development of an emergency management hub at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

March 23, 2015
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GENERAL STEPHEN TOWNSEND ADDRESSES THE SENATE ON "FORT DRUM DAY" 2015

Army Major General Stephen J. Townsend delivers remarks in the historic New York State Senate Chamber on "10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day," the fourth annual event created by Senator Patty Ritchie to celebrate the post and its soldiers. Prior to his speech, Senator Ritchie and others heaped praise on Fort Drum and its soldiers, and urged Washington not to cut troop strength at the post, which is New York's largest single-site employer and the largest military installation in the Northeast.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT "FORT DRUM DAY" 2015.

 

March 18, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Thomas Croci, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Room 124 CAP

Please note the change in date and time for the committee meeting this week.

March 18, 10:00 AM - 10:06 AM
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ADDABBO QUESTIONS DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS

Queens, NY (March 3, 2015) –  State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. raised a number of issues related to emergency preparedness with representatives of the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) at a recent legislative hearing to examine the broad Public Protection aspects of the proposed 2015-2016 New York State Executive Budget. 

March 3, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs  Senator Thomas Croci, Chair  11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Room 124 CAP

February 25, 11:30 AM - 11:37 AM
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Emergency preparedness training program set for October 28th in Yates County ~ Online registration required

Penn Yan, N.Y., October 27 — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents that they can register online for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” that will be held at the Yates County Auditorium on Tuesday, October 28,  2014.

The program is free of charge but participants must complete an online registration prior to the event.  

October 27, 2014
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