Issues: Military Affairs

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 - 11:30 AM
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Senator Valesky Hosts Community Resources Fair

Senator Valesky is hosting a Community Resources Fair at the Southwest Community Center on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This free event is open to all area residents. The nonprofit and government 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. For more information, call the district office at 478-8745.

American Red Cross

Aurora of CNY

Clear Path for Veterans

CNY Fair Housing

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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Dedication of the Disabled American Veterans Tunnel in the Town of Wallkill

Last Friday, a representative from my office attended the Town of Wallkill’s dedication of the Silver Lake-Scotchtown tunnel, which was renamed the Disabled American Veterans Tunnel. New signs are displayed at the entrances to the tunnel, which runs under railroad tracks on Silver Lake Scotchtown Road at the intersection of Mud Mills Road.

May 27, 2015
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Town of Gates Memorial Day Ceremony

I joined the Gates community at Gates Town Hall for their annual Memorial Day service. It was great to see so many residents and area vetereans come out to pay their respect and honor those who paid the ulitimate sacrfice for our freedom. Many thanks to Supervisor Mark Assini and the Gates Town Board for hosting this wonderful tribute.

May 26, 2015
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Town of Greenburgh 71st Infantry Regiment Memorial Day Ceremony

(Greenburgh - May 25th) The Senator attended many commemorations this Memorial Day weekend including the ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery in the Town of Greenburgh sponsored by the 71st Infantry Regiment. Let us pause and remember our fallen heroes.

May 26, 2015
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Senator Serino Honors Our Heroes

 

Senator Serino Honors Our Heroes

HYDE PARK, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) released the following statement today in honor of the Memorial Day holiday:

“Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our lives and our freedoms. While words will never be enough to thank them—or their families—for that sacrifice, may they feel the weight of our gratitude throughout the weekend as communities come together to celebrate their lives and dedication.

I wish residents across the Senate District a very happy and safe Memorial Day.”

 

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May 22, 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  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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Senate Passes Legislation to Honor and Help Veterans in New York

The New York State Senate today passed 14 measures dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and honoring them for their exceptional service. The Senate today also celebrated the achievements of veterans from across the state during the Senate’s annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

May 19, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENT MICHAEL CODY HAS BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE NY SENATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that Orange County resident, and Army veteran, Michael Cody has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Mr. Cody was honored, along with other inductees, at a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday May 19th.

May 19, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS OSWEGO COUNTY WWII VET DONALD KEENEY AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Oswego County World War II  veteran Donald Keeney as her 2015 inductee into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” from the 48th Senate District at a special ceremony held Tuesday at the State Capitol. 

“Among the tales of World War II’s epic battles and horrific conflicts, are stories of ordinary people who rose to the occasion to defend our country,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“Donald Keeney is one of those people who stepped up to the plate and put his life on the line to fight for our freedom. Not only did he dedicate himself to our nation, after completing his service, he went above and beyond to serve his community. In 2015, we marked 70 years since the end of WWII, and today,  I’m humbled to honor him and thank him for his unwavering commitment to making our country and his community a better place.”

May 19, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Names Henrietta Man to Veterans Hall of Fame

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) honored Western New York Veteran Franklin “Bob” Harder Jr. Tuesday during a ceremony at the State Capitol.  The Henrietta resident has been named to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. 

May 19, 2015
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Senator Ritchie Honoring Those Who Serve

Sen. Patty Ritchie honored 16 NNY and CNY veterans at her annual Veterans Hall of Fame event, held at the Army Reserve Center, Fort Drum, NY.

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2015 nominees include:

Grover BrittonDonald BuskeBrian CampbellJack CottetDalton FosterThomas "Hank" HenryWilliam HoganDonald KeeneyJoseph McCarthyMichael McCarthyFrederick MillardBernard PalumboGilbert PearsallEugene RenziJack RucynskiWilliam Volcko

 

May 19, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Teachers of Excellence and Women of Distinction and Discusses Public Safety Issues on Your Voice

On this Your Voice program, recorded on May 18, 2015, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses his 2015 Teachers of Excellence, his 2015 Women of Distinction honoree, West Point Day, the Officer Brian Moore Resolution, Court of Claims, and ticket scalping legislation.

May 19, 2015
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ADDABBO HIGHLIGHTS 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY ON SATURDAY, MAY 16TH

Queens, NY (May 15, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, is urging his constituents to join with him this Saturday, May 16th,  in recognizing the 65th Anniversary of National Armed Forces Day in the United States.

May 15, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS 16 OF AMERICA’S HEROES AT “VETERANS HALL OF FAME” CEREMONY

As the nation continues to celebrate National Military Appreciation Month, State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 16 veterans from throughout Central and Northern New York Thursday, at her annual “Veterans Hall of Fame” ceremony, which took place at the U.S. Army Reserve Center near Fort Drum.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO OF THE VETERANS RECOGNITION CEREMONY

“There are people we paid tribute to today, who fought in some of history’s most dangerous battles, including, the Invasion of Normandy, Iwo Jima and the Battle of the Bulge, as well as more recent conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 14, 2015
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RITCHIE TO HONOR 16 CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NY VETERANS THURSDAY AT SPECIAL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor 16 veterans from throughout Central and Northern New York at her annual “Veterans Hall of Fame” ceremony, taking place Thursday May 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, located on Colyer Drive, just outside the gates of Fort Drum. 

Veterans were nominated for induction into the Veterans Hall of Fame by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our local communities.

“For the past several years, I’ve been extremely humbled to have the opportunity to honor such courageous men and women through my Veterans Hall of Fame program,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 13, 2015
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