Issues: Military

Senator DeFrancisco Studies a Photo that is Part of the War Memorial's New Commemorative WWII Display

Senator John A. DeFrancisco looks at a photo that is part of a new commemorative World War II display on the second floor of the Onondaga County War Memorial.  The display was unveiled on Friday, August 15, 2015, to mark the 70th anniversary of WWII.

August 17, 2015
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Purple Heart Hall of Honor Rededication Ceremony

The "Leave No Man Behind" philosophy of the American military is represented by a new 18-by-10 foot sculpture at the redesigned Purple Heart Hall of Honor.  

 

Photo Provided by James Peloso

August 17, 2015
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Griffo announces State Route 49 from Utica to Rome now named in honor of Vietnam Veterans

UTICA – State Senator Joseph Griffo of Rome and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica announce that a portion of State Route 49 has been designated to honor those who served our nation during the Vietnam War.

On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation sponsored by Griffo and Brindisi that names State Route 49 from the City of Rome to the City of Utica as the “Oneida County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.”

August 14, 2015
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RITCHIE MEETS NEW FORT DRUM GARRISON COMMANDER

State Senator Patty Ritchie met new Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Bryan Laske this week, at a special ceremony to mark the groundbreaking of a new monument at Watertown’s Thompson Park to honor 10th Mountain Division troops.

August 14, 2015
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Senator Boyle's 3rd Annual Veterans Pancake Breakfast

This Saturday, August 15th I will be hosting my 3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation Pancake Breakfast free for veterans of the 4th Senate District and their families as a way to thank them for their dedication and commitment.  My staff and I are hoping that Veterans of all wars will join us from  8 AM to 11 AM at the American Legion Post 94 located at 22 Grove Place in Babylon so we can personally express our thanks for their service.

August 13, 2015
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A TRIBUTE TO OUR TROOPS: RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 FOR 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION MONUMENT

Groundbreaking to Take Place August 12th at Thompson Park 

In advance of its groundbreaking Wednesday, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to assist with the construction of a new monument at Watertown’s historic Thompson Park that will honor the sacrifices made by 10th Mountain Division soldiers.

“Here in our region, support for our soldiers is something that we see every day—whether it’s a ‘thank you’ to someone in uniform or a yellow ribbon placed outside one’s home,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 11, 2015
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Military Bases Vital to Communities

Senator Ortt recently sat down with City & State and spoke about how vital the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is to the community. It’s vital to the economy.  That’s why Senator Ortt says he fought to secure $500,000 in this year’s state budget to establish an emergency hub at the Air Base. The hub would help prevent the Air Base from being closed. The article also touched on Fort Drum’s Army installation and West Point and their importance to the area. 

August 3, 2015
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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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Ortt's Bill to Support People With Disabilities is Signed into Law; First Law for Ortt

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Support People With Disabilities Proclamation Issued Honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 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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HIGHWAY IN GUILDERLAND DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF TODD J. CLARK

Today, Senator George Amedore, Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, and other local officials joined with the Clark family to dedicate a portion of Rt. 146 in Guilderland as the "Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway." Lt. Colonel Clark was a Guilderland native killed in the line of duty while serving overseas in 2013.

July 15, 2015
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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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Ortt, Walmart Present WNY Warriors Flight With $20,000 Grant

Senator Says Funds Will Make Trip Possible for Many WWII and Korean War Veterans

North Tonawanda, NY – The Western New York Warriors Flight received a grant of $20,000 from the Walmart Foundation today as part of both organizations’ commitments to serving our nation’s heroes. New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) and Walmart officials awarded the grant to the WNY Warriors Flight at a ceremony held at the North Tonawanda Walmart store. This grant will help to provide local veterans with the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II memorial, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery.

July 2, 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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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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News Release from Watkins Glen International: 'Military Appreciation Day Proudly Presented by Kaplan University at Watkins Glen International' ~ Military Appreciation Day is Sunday, June 28, 2015

WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 18, 2015) – In honor of those who currently serve our country, in addition to those who have served in the past, Kaplan University and Watkins Glen International are offering complimentary tickets to active duty military personnel and veterans of the United States Armed Forces for the Sunday, June 28 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

Read the WGI news release HERE.

June 18, 2015
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