Issues: Homeland Security

JFK Airport Safety Update

Speakers from the Port Authority will be on hand to discuss improvements in security at JFK

airport since the 9/11 attacks.

September 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Public Hearing: To build awareness about hydraulic fracturing and solicit testimony regarding legislation and public policies needed to protect the health and welfare of the public and our environment

Aug. 23 Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallPublic Hearing: To build awareness about hydraulic fracturing and solicit testimony regarding legislation and public policies needed to protect the health and welfare of the public and our environmentPlace: Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Road, Katonah, New YorkTime: 9:30 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.Contact: Ali Skinner (845) 200-9716ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 23, 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: SENATE GOP PANEL TO EVALUATE NATIONAL GUARD

By John David Iseman

With the recent cuts to federal funding for state homeland security efforts, New York’s National Guard and state government must evaluate how they will continue to provide protection from possible terrorist attacks.

August 10, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Gets GSA To Improve Homeland Security

Procedures for Transporting U.S. License Plates Strengthened After Inquiry from Senator 

Queens, NY – Due to Senator Michael Gianaris’ concern for Americans’ safety following a serious mishandling of official United States Government license plates, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has revised and strengthened its procedures for transporting federal license plates. 

The procedure will require official government license plates to be hand-delivered after Senator Gianaris discovered a mishap where more than 30 license plates were mailed to a wrong location in Astoria rather than their intended destination of Montrose, New York. 

July 28, 2011
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BALL’S VETERANS CEMETERY BILL

Chairman Ball Urges Action on Honor Deserving of New York Veterans

Carmel, N.Y. – (07/21/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, held a meeting in Putnam County to get the word out about legislation(S5381A/A1386A) that would create a State Veterans Cemetery in New York. The informational meeting, which was held at the Spain Memorial Cornerstone Park in Carmel, N.Y., was designed to educate the public about the legislation, as well as the United States Veterans Cemetery Grant Program.

July 21, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS BALL, CASTELLI MILITARY PROTECTION ACT

Brewster,  N.Y. – (07/18/11) – A bill that protects the jobs of public employees who are called to serve their country is now on the books in New York State. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed The Ball, Castelli Military Protection Act (S4583A) into law. The bill, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge), protects public employees’ jobs when they are absent on military duty.

July 21, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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July 8, 2011
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Senator Robach Remarks on September 11th Remembrance Flag

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the New York State Senate passed legislation designating the National Remembrance Flag, created by Stephen and Joanne Galvin of Wolcott, New York, as the official New York State flag for September 11th remembrance. Senator Robach provided remarks on the Senate floor regarding this new legislation.

June 23, 2011
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Ball, Castelli, Announce Landmark Protections

 

Military Employment Protection Bill Passed NYS Senate and Assembly

Albany, N.Y. – (06/23/11) – New York’s public employees who are called up to serve their country will soon have one less thing to worry about. Their jobs! Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, sponsored and passed a piece of legislation (S4583A) that protects a public employees’ job when they are absent on military duty.

June 23, 2011
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A Deserving Tribute for New York’s Heroes

Veterans’ Cemetery Bill Passes NYS Senate

June 21, 2011
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Senator Ball Honors NY’s Heroes

Putnam County veteran received prestigious honor at “Hall of Fame” event

Albany, N.Y. – (06/14/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is honoring New York’s heroes at the annual New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame event. Chairman Ball is proud to announce that a Putnam County resident and highly decorated Vietnam combat veteran, Karl R. Rohde, is amongst the group of brave men and women who is being recognized.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Michael Gianaris Session Remarks on Federal Terrorism Trials in NYC

Senator Gianaris on the Senate floor discusses the importance of ensuring that New York City residents receive the proper homeland security protection.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Ball Interviewed on State of Politics

06/06/2011 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, talks with Liz Benjamin on 

June 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 816 LOB

June 7, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO BILL RAISING PENALTIES FOR FALSE PERSONATION

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsors to raise penalties for individuals who seek to evade security and scrutiny at transportation facilities and other public places. The legislation creates stronger penalties for individuals trying to illegally access secure areas at airports, train stations, and bus terminals, as well for those who steal law enforcement or fire department identification.

June 2, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:00 PM, Thursday, June 2, 2011 Off The Floor - Room  332 CAP

June 2, 1:00 PM - 1:04 PM
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Veterans Package

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 25, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

This Memorial Day, Veterans First: Senator Huntley Supports New Programs to Benefit New York’s Servicemen and Women

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the New York State Senate passed a package of nine bills today which will expand or launch new benefits programs for the brave New Yorkers who have fought for our nation’s freedom.

May 24, 2011
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TERROR ON THE NATION’S TRACKS: Senator Ball Sounds Alarm about Rail Security Dangers

 

May 11, 2011 - Senator Greg Ball (R, C, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess) Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, is sounding the alarms in the wake of recently released documents showing Al Qaeda was plotting an attack on the U.S. rail system, possibly for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Chairman Ball said documents found in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound should serve as a wake-up call about the continued threat to our nation’s homeland security, specifically our rail system.

“This is by no means an ‘I told you so’ moment,” said Chairman Ball who has repeatedly raised red flags about the weaknesses to nation’s rail system. “These documents are a call to action about the importance of not only remaining vigilant, but stepping-up security.”

May 24, 2011
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