Issues: Military Affairs

ADDABBO TO HOST ANNUAL VETERANS’ BBQ ON AUGUST 29TH

Howard Beach, NY (July 31, 2015) Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, is gearing up to host his 7th Annual Veterans’ BBQ to honor our local service members.Addabbo holds the yearly event each summer to show appreciation and pay tribute to those who have proudly served our country. The event typically attracts over one hundred veterans, spanning all ages and generations, from every branch of the military who come together to enjoy the company of other service members and their families.

July 31, 2015
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Protect Our Service Members, Secure Our Military Facilities.

The July 16, 2015 Chattanooga shooting was another difficult blow for our nation and our Armed Services. As a veteran of the NY Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan, this violent attack hit close to home for me. In the military, we’re trained to be vigilant at all times for any potential danger, but many of us don’t really expect to have to have our guard up on home territory. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation (S.6021A) to not only put minds at ease and better protect our service men and women, but to also help prevent future incidents, like Chattanooga’s, from happening.

July 29, 2015
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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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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Bill Perkins | 2nd Annual Veterans Resource Fair In Harlem

On August 19th, 2015, in collaboration with Harlem Vet Center, Samaritan Village, CUNY- BMCC, Manhattan Legal Services, NY Metro Vets, and Home Depot, Senator Perkins will proudly hosting the 2nd Annual Veterans Resource Fair in Harlem, which, in addition to presenting speakers in the realm of Veterans Affairs, will also include a panel on key issues confronting veterans. The Fair is being structured to provide information on a wide range of issues concerning our veteran population, and it will begin at  9:00 AM and end at approximately 3:00 PM.  Please see additional details in our flyer, attached below, in both Spanish and English.  

 

August 19, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON FORT DRUM ANNOUNCEMENT

Pat yourself on the back because we did it! Today’s announcement on the future of Fort Drum represents a tremendous victory for the North Country and Upstate New York.

Tens of thousands of citizens joined with leaders of government at every level—and from every corner of New York State—to rally to Fort Drum’s side. This unprecedented effort caught the attention of Army planners, and it worked.

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO PROTECT FORT DRUM, STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

Investments Highlight Strong Army-North Country Partnership

July 7, 2015
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RITCHIE TO ANNOUNCE NEW ROUND OF STATE FUNDING TO HELP PROTECT FUTURE OF FORT DRUM

State Senator Patty Ritchie on Tuesday will announce new funding for area health care and other investment to strengthen the partnership between Fort Drum and local communities, and help protect the future of the post, Upstate New York’s largest employer.

The investments are from a special fund that Senator Ritchie helped create, along with her Senate colleagues, in this year’s State Budget to help protect New York military installations, including Fort Drum, from federal cutbacks.

July 6, 2015
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Murphy's laws: Governor signs bills to honor Hudson Valley service members killed in action

ALBANY, NY - Earlier today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation sponsored by New York State Senator Terrence Murphy which would rename portions of the state highway system and a bridge in honor of two Hudson Valley service members who died in the service of their nation.

July 2, 2015
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Ortt Announces $500,000 for Niagara Falls Air Base

Senator Says Funds Will Help Procure Emergency Management Hub  

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced $500,000 in state funding to establish an emergency management hub at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS). The funds were secured by Senator Ortt in the 2015-16 State Budget (Empire State Development Corporation, Aid to Localities, S. 2003-C) to help base retention efforts for NFARS. Ortt, flanked by local and county officials, believes the $500,000 will help retain the base while expanding emergency services across Western New  York.

June 29, 2015
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David Fahey Jr., a true soldier, to be remembered with State bridge renaming

ALBANY, NY - Four years ago, United States Army Specialist David R. Fahey Jr., 23, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Today, the State Senate passed a law sponsored by State Senator Terrence Murphy that honors Fahey by officially naming a bridge on Route 129 in his hometown of Yorktown as the Specialist David R. Fahey Jr. Memorial Bridge. "Yorktown lost one of its finest the day David Fahey gave his life so that others could be safe and free," Senator Murphy said. "David understood how proud we all were of him, and he sent us home a flag from Kandahar that was displayed in the town of Yorktown when I served as Councilman. He was a hero and a true soldier."

June 23, 2015
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Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Senator Rob Ortt talks about the events he took part in across Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties. He also mentions people he's met with to discuss issues and recaps his legislation that recently passed in the New York State Senate. 

June 12, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young - May 9, 2015

During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," the Senator discussed her support for a permanent extension of the property tax cap. The property tax cap has saved Western New Yorkers approximately $450 million since it was implemented four years ago. The Senator also shares some additional efforts she has put forward to reduce the tax burden on local residents and ease the mandated costs incurred in municipal and school budgets.

 

Senator Young also discussed Renee’s Law and Kendra’s Laws, two pieces of legislation she sponsors, that passed the state Senate this week.

 

June 10, 2015
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Senator Young Dedicates Highway To Honor Local Veterans

Legislation passed by the Senate will designate portions of State Route 15A in Livingston County to honor local veterans

 

ALBANY – Paying tribute to veterans in Livingston County, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) passed legislation this week that will designate portions of State Route 15A as the Springwater Veterans Memorial Highway and the Livonia Veterans Memorial Highway.

 

This nearly nine mile stretch of the highway will now serve as a salute to American service members, past and present, hailing from the Towns of Springwater and Livonia and remind travelers of the sacrifices made on their behalf.

 

June 9, 2015
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $185,000 FOR RIVER HOSPITAL AND WATERTOWN PTSD SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Funding Will Aid River Community Wellness Program and  PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans 

June 4, 2015
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Fort Drum Visits Albany

Senator Bill Larkin and Senator Tom Croci, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, discuss issues pertaining to Fort Drum with Major General Jeffrey Bannister, Fort Drum's Commander, during his trip to Albany.

June 2, 2015
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RITCHIE WELCOMES 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION COMMANDING GENERAL TO CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed the 10th Mountain Division’s new Commanding General, Major General Jeffrey Bannister to Albany Monday, for a visit that included meetings with legislators and top aides to the Governor.

June 1, 2015
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Senator Gianaris Inducts Roman Baca Into New York Veterans Hall of Fame

Senator Michael Gianaris honored Astoria resident and former Marine Sergeant Roman Baca as an inductee into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The Veteran’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by service to their communities. Mr. Baca, co-founder of Exit12 Dance Company, was officially inducted into the Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a May 19th ceremony in Albany.

 

“It is an honor and privilege to celebrate the service Roman has provided to our nation and to our local community,” said Senator Gianaris. “One of my most important jobs is to make sure our veterans have the necessary support to succeed upon returning home, and Roman has dedicated his life to helping fellow veterans in an innovative and creative way. I thank him for his service to our country and for his continued work on behalf of all those who keep our nation safe.”

May 29, 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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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.

May 28, 2015
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RITCHIE ‘CAREER PORTABILITY’ BILL FOR MILITARY SPOUSES GETS SENATE OK

NY is Only State Without a Law that Protects Careers of Soldiers’ Families

The State Senate today approved a bill, sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, to make it easier for spouses of active duty military to get approval to work in their chosen fields that require licensing or certification by the state.

“Right now, hundreds, if not thousands of military spouses at Fort Drum and other posts around New York are prohibited from working in jobs for which they are well-trained, even though they have valid licenses in their home states,” said Senator Ritchie.

“That’s because New York—alone among every other state—requires these professionals to undergo the same training, testing and certification process as if they were seeking a license for the very first time.

May 27, 2015
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