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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized World War II combat veterans, and Syracuse resident, as his 2015 Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree during a special ceremony in Albany on <ay 19, 2015. The following is a video that shows highlights from the day.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Honoring our Nation’s greatest heroes, as well as recognizing our region’s historic significance as the birthplace of Memorial Day, State Senator Mike Nozzolio will be speaking at in a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25th at the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus.