Issues: Military Affairs

JAMESTOWN WORLD WAR II VETERAN ANTHONY COSTANZO AWARDED FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR MEDAL

 

 

Senator Catharine M. Young presents the French Legion of Honor Medal to Anthony “Tony” Costanzo.

JAMESTOWN – Anthony “Tony” Costanzo, United States Army (Ret.), who courageously served as a member of the First Infantry Division known as the “Big Red One” in some of the first American battles in the North African and European Theaters during World War II, recently received his decoration as a member of France’s Légion d’honneu, or Legion of Honor.

 

December 22, 2014
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December 19, 2014
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Video of Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony

Video of New York State Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veteran's Hall of Fame ceremony held at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. The distinguished veterans honored during Senator Marchione’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony for the 43rd Senate District were: Gary Flaherty, U.S. Army, Columbia County; Charles Hoffman, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Paul O’Keefe, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Eugene Ratigliano, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Christopher Sgambati, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Al Soria, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; and Brian Wilsey, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, Saratoga County.

December 18, 2014
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Video of Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony

Video of New York State Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veteran's Hall of Fame ceremony held at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. The distinguished veterans honored during Senator Marchione’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony for the 43rd Senate District were: Gary Flaherty, U.S. Army, Columbia County; Charles Hoffman, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Paul O’Keefe, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Eugene Ratigliano, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Christopher Sgambati, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Al Soria, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; and Brian Wilsey, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, Saratoga County.

December 18, 2014
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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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New Bill Gives Veterans Greater Property Tax Relief

As Senator Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas delivered greater property tax relief for veterans, NY1 was on the scene to cover the press conferece. Check out the full NY1 story here. 

December 17, 2014
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Senator Gianaris, Assemblywoman Simotas Secure Increased Property Tax Relief for Veterans

Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas joined community and veteran leaders and Senator Joe Addabbo, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Committee, to announce that their bill to provide increased property tax relief to veterans has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, bringing our veterans property tax exemption into the 21st century by updating a decades-old benefit for those who have served our country. The bill will immediately raise the property tax exemption for veterans from $5,000 to $7,500, remedying the effects of inflation on a policy meant to make life easier for servicemen and women returning home.

December 17, 2014
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U.S. Army Veteran Robert Henry Fuller Posthumously Honored for Service in World War II

For Release: Immediate, December 13, 2014

Nearly 25 Years After His Passing Cattaraugus County Veteran Honored with Awards Earned in Service

MACHIAS - Family and friends gathered this afternoon to recognize the outstanding military service of U.S. Army veteran Robert Henry Fuller, who has finally received the military decorations he earned defending our country.

During a ceremony at the Glenn A. Pratt, Jr. American Legion Post No. 1460 in Machias, Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) joined in presenting Private First Class Fuller’s family with the military medals he earned while serving overseas during World War II.

December 13, 2014
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Senator Nozzolio Announces Two Local Businesses Among the First State-Certified Disabled Veterans Businesses

Senator Michael Nozzolio announced today that two local companies are among the first state-certified businesses under the new “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act.”  Senator Nozzolio sponsored this new law which makes each state certified veteran owned business eligible for certain preferences in contracting opportunities with the state.

 

December 5, 2014
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RITCHIE: NEARLY 8,000 HOLIDAY CARDS COLLECTED FOR TROOPS

With the help of dozens of families, individuals, schools and local organizations, State Senator Patty Ritchie has sent nearly 8,000 cards to troops through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.

Sponsored by the American Red Cross, Holiday Mail for Heroes collects holiday cards, personally signed by donors, to distribute to service members at military bases, veterans’ hospitals and other locations to let them know their sacrifices are appreciated by those back home. 

“During the holidays it’s so important to let the people who make a difference in our lives know we care—and that includes our troops,” said Senator Ritchie.

December 3, 2014
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO LAUNCHES ANNUAL DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE TROOPS

Continuing his unwavering commitment to the brave men and women serving our Nation, State Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced the start of his annual Holiday Drive for the Troops. 

November 24, 2014
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Senator Sanders still serving the Military …Met with Tuskegee Airman on Veteran’s Day

US Marine Veteran James Sanders Jr. honored his fellow veterans with a luncheon at Applebee’s restaurant on Jamaica Avenue yesterday.  After congratulating the service men and women for their distinguished service to this great nation of ours, he proceeded directly into a brief history of Veteran’s Day, which was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in1919, as Armistice Day, and  which was later amended by congress to “Veteran’s Day” in 1938. 

November 12, 2014
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Yonkers Veterans Day Ceremony

(Yonkers - November 11th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spent the morning of Veterans Day saluting and honoring her veteran constituents all over her district, in these photos, joining Mayor Mike Spano and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Yonkers.

November 12, 2014
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State Highway Named In Honor Of Delaware County Veterans

DAVENPORT, 11/10/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta)  and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R/C/I – New Hartford) today joined members of Davenport VFW Post 487 to announce that a portion of New York State Highway 23 is being renamed in honor of United States servicemen and women.  The legislators and veterans unveiled a sign today commemorating the designation.

Anthony Moore with Davenport Memorial Post 487 contacted Senator Seward and requested that New York State Highway 23, through the Town of Davenport, be renamed to serve as a memorial to recently deceased members who served in Korea and fought in World War II, as well as the many veterans residing in the Town of Davenport.

November 10, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN REGARDING THE VETO OF VETERANS’ SERVICE CREDIT LEGISLATION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said today:  “I am extremely disappointed with Governor Cuomo’s veto of the veterans’ buyback legislation (S.7839/A.6974-B) and I am especially disheartened that he chose to do so the eve of Veterans Day.  I am currently in the process of meeting with my legislative staff in order to determine the best course of action to move this issue forward in spite of the Governor’s veto.  I will continue to do all I can to ensure that New York’s veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve.”

 

November 10, 2014
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RITCHIE HELPS HONOR VETERANS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fort Drum recently, taking part in a Veterans Day ceremony held at the post’s Memorial Park. 

At the service, those who have served were honored with a ceremonial placing of the wreath as well as remarks from those who spoke about the sacrifices made by members of our military.

November 7, 2014
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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, REMEMBER OUR TROOPS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

November 3, 2014
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VETERANS’ SERVICE CREDIT LEGISLATION SENT TO THE GOVERNOR

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that Senate bill S.7839 has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his review and action.  This legislation, an extension of the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000, would allow all honorably discharged veterans who are members of the New York State Public Retirement System to purchase up to three years of service credit for military service.  Currently, only public employees who served in the armed forces during certain military conflicts are permitted to receive this pension benefit.

October 29, 2014
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RITCHIE: HELP ME SEND HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO TROOPS

Offices to Feature Drop Boxes for “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Program

State Senator Patty Ritchie is once again calling on Central and Northern New Yorkers to join her in sending warm wishes to troops through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. 

An initiative sponsored by the American Red Cross, Holiday Mail for Heroes collects holiday cards, personally signed by donors, to distribute to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines at military bases, veterans’ hospitals and other locations to let them know they are remembered and appreciated back home. Last year, along with help from local residents, schools and other organizations, Senator Ritchie was able to deliver nearly 8,000 cards to the Red Cross. 

“When someone thinks of the holiday season, spending time with family and friends are two of the top things that typically come to mind,” said Senator Ritchie.  “In addition to putting their lives on the line to serve our country, members of the military make another big sacrifice—being away from their loved ones at this special time of year. To send a “touch of home” to our troops, I’m hoping that Central and Northern New Yorkers once again take the time to participate in this very important program.”

October 27, 2014
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Olean Veteran William H. Button Honored for Service in World War II

For Release: Immediate, October 24, 2014 

U.S. Navy Veteran Receives Awards Earned 70 Years Ago

            OLEAN - In recognition of his outstanding service during World War II, United States Navy veteran William H. Button was honored and presented with long overdue medals today.

            In a ceremony at the Pines in Olean, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) presented Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class (PhM3c) Button with the military medals and awards he earned serving his country overseas seven decades ago.

October 24, 2014
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