Issues: Military

Senator DeFrancisco Kicks Off His Annual Cell Phones for Soldiers Campaign

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), an Air Force veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Major Martin Debock, executive officer for the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion, Master Sergeant Peter Palumb, and Mark Burns, public affairs specialist for the battalion,joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference to discuss the importance of helping our troops stay connected.

November 29, 2011
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ADDABBO & GLENDALE STUDENTS DELIVER FOR OUR VETERANS AT VA ST. ALBANS COMMUNITY CENTER

Queens, NY, November 15, 2011 NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), ranking member on the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, notes:  “Each year, to honor the many brave men and women from Queens who have proudly served in the military and in our recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, my district offices support several youth groups to work on some great morale-boosting, holiday-themed projects designed to either applaud those now serving their country far from home, or to salute our heroic veterans housed in the VA St.

November 15, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS HONORING SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN THIS VETERANS’ DAY

Queens, NY – “Today, we honor all of the brave individuals who put our nation’s safety before their own lives. Our veterans deserve thanks every single day for their love of this country and their sense of responsibility to protect us from danger. I salute New York’s veterans as well as veterans across the country for their dedication to ensuring our safety from those who wish to do us harm. Their service is admirable.”

Senator Gianaris continues to accept nominations for the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Nominations can be made to gianaris@nysenate.gov or by calling Senator Gianaris’ district office at 718-728-0960. Inductees will be announced early next year.

November 11, 2011
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Hilton Veterans Day Celebration

On Wednesday, November 9th, Hilton held its Veterans Day ceremony, which included the dedication of the Veterans Wall at Hilton Town Hall. Over 300 students from elementary and middle schools around Hilton attended this event. Also, U.S. Army Sgt. David Earl Lemcke of Hilton returned home. Veterans, emergency personnel, and members of the community welcomed home Lemcke more than 40 years after he was killed serving our Country. Calling hours will be held on Friday. Saturday, his funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. at First Bible Baptist Church on Manitou Road.

November 10, 2011
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Thanking Our Servicemen and Women this Veteran's Day

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: November 10, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Urges all New Yorkers to Thank Our Servicemen and Women This Veterans Day

In recognition of Veterans Day this Friday, November 11th, Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica), is encouraging everyone in the State of New York and throughout the country, to thank our brave servicemen and women, for without them our basic civil liberties would be in jeopardy every day.”

November 10, 2011
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HONORING OUR VETERANS, COLUMN BY SENATOR JOHN DEFRANCISCO

As a state senator and an Air Force veteran, I ask that you pause this Veterans Day to reflect on our nation's past wars and to honor all veterans who have served our country honorably. A veteran knows first hand that the ideals of democracy and freedom are linked to the faithful service of members of our armed forces.

November 9, 2011
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Bill Limiting Protests at Military Funerals Signed Into Law

A bill sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins limiting protests at military funerals has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law requires that those who protest within 1,000 feet of a military funeral must apply for a permit. The issuing authority can then impose conditions of the permit.

The United States Supreme Court, in a decision earlier this year, held that people who protest at funerals of military personnel have constitution rights. “The Supreme Court let us down. While we have freedom of speech, it shouldn’t infringe on a family’s and a community’s right to mourn with dignity our heroes who have sacrificed their lives for our country,” Senator Martins said.

October 20, 2011
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Griffo Bill To Support Grieving Military Families Signed Into Law

Griffo Bill To Support Grieving Military Families Signed Into Law

October 11, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES ‘STARS FOR OUR TROOPS’

Sets Goal to Collect 100 Worn US Flags to Cheer Service Men and Women Abroad

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that she is seeking 100 worn, tattered and faded American flags during the month of October as part of her “Stars for Our Troops” campaign to cheer 5,000 US service men and women overseas with a simple, patriotic reminder of home.

“The men and women of our military spend months in strange and dangerous lands far from home to protect the flag and the freedom it represents,” said Senator Ritchie. “This campaign allows us to retire a worn and used American flag in a dignified way that also tells a member of the US military that he or she is remembered, appreciated and respected.”

October 4, 2011
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September 30, 2011
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Welcoming Home Veterans From Honor Flight

On Sunday, September 18th, Senator Robach had the privilege to welcome back World War II veterans from their Honor Flight to Washington D.C. It is always an honor to meet with the brave men and women who have given so much to fight for our Country. You can find out for information about Honor Flight Rochester by visiting their website at http://honorflightrochester.org/.

September 21, 2011
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Times Herald Record news report on local September 11th ceremonies in the Hudson Valley

Times Herald Record news report on local September 11th ceremonies in the Hudson Valley.

September 14, 2011
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9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies Around Our Community

On Sunday, September 11th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend a number of September 11th remembrance ceremonies around my district to mark the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. These photos come from ceremonies at Lakeshore Community Church, Our Mother of Sorrows Church, and Greece Assembly of God. It was honor to be with so many members of our Fire Departments, Police Departments, First Responders, and Emergency Medical Technicians. All of the ceremonies were extremely moving and very well done. 10 years ago, terrorists tried to divide us, but they have only made us more unified than ever. They tried to confuse us, but now we see as clear as we ever had.

September 12, 2011
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New York State Senate Remembering 9-11

Sunday, September 11th will mark the 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our state and country in 2001. Throughout the week and weekend, a number of community events and remembrances will take place to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

The events on this page have been submitted to Senator Robach's office and are open to the public. If you know of an event around the district that is not listed on this page, please contact the office by emailing the information to robach@nysenate.gov.

September 6, 2011
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Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Senator Bill Larkin meet with Brigadier General Theodore Martin at West Point

NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, along with Senator Bill Larkin, recently met with Brigadier General Theodore Martin, Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy, during a recent tour of the Academy.

August 8, 2011
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Route 15A in Lima to be Renamed the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently signed legislation into law (S. 3242 - Gallivan) that will designate the portion of Route 15A that runs through the Town of Lima as the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”.

“Every corner of this state has a rich tradition of national service and every citizen owes a degree of gratitude to all those who have served through the years. That is even more true for the residents of Lima,” Gallivan said. “Lima was founded by veterans of the Revolutionary War and the town has sent its sons and daughters to defend America in every one of our nation’s major armed conflicts. This designation is a fitting tribute to both the town and its tradition of military service.”

August 5, 2011
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LOHUD: NEW LAWS AIMS TO PRESERVE PUBLIC JOBS OF THOSE WHO SERVE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday signed a law that enhances job security for public employees serving in the military, according to Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli, who authored the measure.

July 22, 2011
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DAILY NEWS: GOV. CUOMO SIGNS LAW THAT PROTECTS PUBLIC WORKERS WHO LEAVE THEIR JOBS FOR ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY

ALBANY - Gov. Cuomo on Thursday signed a new law that gives stronger employment protections to public workers who leave their jobs for active military duty.

Lawmakers recently approved the protections after the MTA laid off two employees-turned-soldiers last year as part of drastic cost-cutting measures.

The new law prohibits the state and other public employers from abolishing jobs that are open simply because a worker has been shipped overseas by the military.

July 22, 2011
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BALL’S VETERANS CEMETERY BILL

Chairman Ball Urges Action on Honor Deserving of New York Veterans

Carmel, N.Y. – (07/21/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, held a meeting in Putnam County to get the word out about legislation(S5381A/A1386A) that would create a State Veterans Cemetery in New York. The informational meeting, which was held at the Spain Memorial Cornerstone Park in Carmel, N.Y., was designed to educate the public about the legislation, as well as the United States Veterans Cemetery Grant Program.

July 21, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS BALL, CASTELLI MILITARY PROTECTION ACT

Brewster,  N.Y. – (07/18/11) – A bill that protects the jobs of public employees who are called to serve their country is now on the books in New York State. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed The Ball, Castelli Military Protection Act (S4583A) into law. The bill, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge), protects public employees’ jobs when they are absent on military duty.

July 21, 2011
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