Issues: Military

A SPECIAL SALUTE TO THOSE WHO SERVED

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

March 27, 2015
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RITCHIE NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR ‘VETERANS HALL OF FAME’

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State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame,” an initiative created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. 

“The brave men and women of our nation’s armed forces sacrifice lives of stability to put everything on the line in the name of protecting our freedom,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“This special honor is just one small way we can thank our veterans for their sacrifices.  

Once again, I am looking forward to honoring those who even after their time of service, have continued to work to give back and make a difference in their local communities.”

March 25, 2015
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MISSION: SAVE FORT DRUM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

March 23, 2015
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RITCHIE RALLIES TO SAVE FORT DRUM

Senator Speaks Out at Community Rally and Listening Session 

In an effort to safeguard Fort Drum from potential cuts, State Senator Patty Ritchie joined community members and elected officials at a rally and “listening session” taking place Friday night at Jefferson Community College. 

During the listening session, Senator Ritchie conveyed the importance of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division to Army brass in attendance, including John P. McLaurin, III, the Army's deputy director of force management.

“I grew up in St. Lawrence County,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I saw how the expansion of Fort Drum has transformed this region with new jobs, better health care, improved schools and other benefits that extend even to my community.”

“I am proud that the men and women of Fort Drum, of our Army, of the 10th Mountain Division are all part of New York.”

In addition to her remarks, Senator Ritchie presented Mr. McLaurin, as well as 10th Mountain Division General Stephen Townsend and Fort Drum Garrison Commander Gary Rosenberg with an official Senate Resolution, which was passed earlier this week in support of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.

March 20, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates Fort Drum Day at the Capitol

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Commanding General Stephen Townsend and members of the 10th Mountain Division during Fort Drum Day at the Capitol on March 17th, 2015.

The event celebrated Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s contributions to the State of New York.  Joining General Townsend at the Capitol were Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum Garrison Commander; Captain Scott Dawe, Commanding General’s Aide; Lieutenant Colonel Tage Rainsford, Public Affairs Officer, and many active-duty soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division.

March 20, 2015
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4th Annual Fort Drum Day

This past week, the New York State Senate hosted service members from Fort Drum as part of the annual Fort Drum Day in Albany. The event – which is in its 4th consecutive year – celebrated Fort Drum and its contributions to the state and our nation. Fort Drum is home to 18,000 soldiers and officers and is located in Jefferson County, NY. It is the largest military installation in the Northeastern United States. The Fort Drum contingent visiting Albany was lead by Major General Stephen Townsend, Commander of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum.

March 20, 2015
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Meeting Commanding General Stephen Townsend

(Albany - March 17th) This week, the State Senate welcomed the Commander of the 10th Mountain Division, Army Major General Stephen Townsend, for Fort Drum Day. Fort Drum is home to 38,000 soldiers and family members, and is the largest Army post north of North Carolina and east of the Mississippi River. The Leader met with Commanding General Townsend and thanked him for his service.

March 19, 2015
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RITCHIE: STATE SENATE CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PROTECT FORT DRUM

Continues Week of Efforts Aimed at Highlighting Post 

Just one day before a “listening session” on proposed troop reductions, State Senator Patty Ritchie and her colleagues are calling on Congress to stand up and protect Fort Drum. 

Senator Ritchie and members of the Senate Majority sent a letter today to members to the state’s Congressional delegation to voice support for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum and express concerns about the significant economic impact potential troop reductions would have on the North Country and the state as a whole.

March 19, 2015
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Fort Drum Day 2015 Ceremony in the Historic State Senate Chamber

Ceremonial events marking Fort Drum Day 2105 in the NYS Senate, featuring remarks by Major General Stephen Townsend, Commanding General of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.

 

March 18, 2015
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GENERAL STEPHEN TOWNSEND ADDRESSES THE SENATE ON "FORT DRUM DAY" 2015

Army Major General Stephen J. Townsend delivers remarks in the historic New York State Senate Chamber on "10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day," the fourth annual event created by Senator Patty Ritchie to celebrate the post and its soldiers. Prior to his speech, Senator Ritchie and others heaped praise on Fort Drum and its soldiers, and urged Washington not to cut troop strength at the post, which is New York's largest single-site employer and the largest military installation in the Northeast.

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March 18, 2015
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10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION AND FORT DRUM DAY CELEBRATED AT STATE CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed 10th Mountain Division Commanding General, Major General Stephen Townsend and troops to the Capitol Tuesday for 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day. 

The event—which is in its fourth consecutive year—celebrated Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s contributions to the North Country region, the state and our nation.  Joining General Townsend were Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum Garrison Commander; Captain Scott Dawe, Commanding General’s Aide; Lieutenant Colonel Tage Rainsford, Public Affairs Officer and more than four dozen soldiers and officers who serve with the 10th Mountain Division.

“Year after year, 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day has allowed my colleagues in Albany to see firsthand the impact that the post and its troops have on our entire state—not just the North Country,” said Senator Patty Ritchie.

March 17, 2015
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Senate Hosts Fourth Annual Fort Drum Day

The New York State Senate today hosted the fourth annual 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day recognition event in the Senate Chamber.

March 17, 2015
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PROTECT THE POST: RITCHIE SCORES $500,000 TO HELP SECURE FUTURE OF FORT DRUM

Senator Also Wants Additional "Base Retention" Funding in New State Budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing $500,000 in new state funding to secure additional "buffer areas" around Fort Drum that are critical to preserving the future of the military post.

The $500,000 comes from a special "military base retention" budget account, aimed at supporting efforts to enhance and protect Fort Drum and other military installations. This year, Senator Ritchie is seeking to increase funding for military base retention in the new state budget that's due April 1st.  In recent years, she has played a key role in filling the account help preserve Fort Drum and other military installations across the state.

 “Right now, more than ever, it’s critical that we make protecting and enhancing Fort Drum one of our top priorities,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 16, 2015
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RITCHIE TO HOST “FORT DRUM DAY” AT CAPITOL TUESDAY

Kicks Off Week of Events to Highlight NNY Post Ahead of Army Cuts

March 13, 2015
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RITCHIE URGES BUDGET FUNDING TO HELP SOLDIERS WITH PTSD

Senate Budget Restores Cuts to Programs that Help Returning Fort Drum Troops

March 12, 2015
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Your Voice With Senators Rob Ortt and Tom Croci

Senator Rob Ortt and Senator Tom Croci are both veterans who served in the military. This week on Your Voice, the senators talk about creating support networks for military personnel. Sen. Ortt served in the Army and is now representing the 62nd District in the NY State Senate where he is Chairman of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee. Sen. Croci served in the Navy and is now representing the 3rd District in the NY State Senate where he is Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. Part of their mission at the Senate is to protect the interests of military personnel and their families with respect to health care, jobs, and education.

March 11, 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  11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Room 124 CAP

February 25, 11:30 AM - 11:37 AM
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Veterans Legal Clinic, Cell Phones For Soldiers and His Legislative Questionnaire on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how a new Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University will make an impact. He also talks about the success of his annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive, and he details the input he's receiving from a legislative questionnaire that he mailed to constituents.  

January 23, 2015
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PUBLIC DONATES MORE THAN 1,100 MOBILE PHONES TO SENATOR DEFRANCISCO’S SEVENTH ANNUAL CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS COLLECTION DRIVE

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to announce that his 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive has resulted in more than 1,100 mobile phones. Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank the Central New York community for again answering the call to help support this important cause! 

January 16, 2015
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