Issues: Military

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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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Sgt. Donald Fida as His Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree

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.  

June 5, 2015
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $185,000 FOR RIVER HOSPITAL AND WATERTOWN PTSD SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Funding Will Aid River Community Wellness Program and  PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans 

June 4, 2015
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Fort Drum Visits Albany

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.

June 2, 2015
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RITCHIE WELCOMES 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION COMMANDING GENERAL TO CAPITOL

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.

June 1, 2015
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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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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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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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SENATOR NOZZOLIO TO HONOR VETERANS AT SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY MEMORIAL DAY EVENT

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.  

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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May 21, 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 Ortt Posthumously Honors North Tonawanda Veteran in “Veterans' Hall of Fame”

Parents of Timothy G. Serwinowski On-Hand for Hall of Fame Induction 

ALBANY - State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today honored Marine veteran and Purple Heart recipient Lance Corporal Timothy G. Serwinowski, and posthumously inducted him into the New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building.

May 19, 2015
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FUNKE NOMINATES LAURA STRADLEY FOR SENATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Army veteran & local Veterans Service Agency Director inducted today in Albany

Senator Rich Funke today announced his nomination of Laura Stradley, a U.S. Army veteran and Director of the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency, for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. In recognition of her achievement, Stradley was celebrated alongside veterans from across New York at an induction ceremony this morning in Albany. 

May 18, 2015
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