Issues: Military

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #2: Helping Vets With Their School Taxes

We owe a great deal to the men and women of our armed services, as well as parents whose children were lost in the preservation of our freedom.

While state legislators recognize there are no perfect words or gestures to appropriately express our gratitude, we do try to recognize this sacrifice by making it easier for veterans to live and work in New York.

January 9, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Yellow Ribbon 2 Event for Soldiers and Their Families

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke at the Yellow Ribbon 2 Event on January 8, 2012, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool.  The conference aimed to prepare soldiers for deployment and provide support services to families of deployed military personnel.  The Senator is pictured with SSG Jonathan Madonna.

January 9, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco's Cell Phones For Soldiers Collection Drive Continues

Please help us collect more Cell Phones for Soldiers.  My collection drive runs through the end of January.

Drop-off locations include: Great Northern Mall, ShoppingTown Mall, Solvay Library, Skaneateles Library, Liverpool Library, Onondaga County Public Library in Syracuse, Fairmount Library, the Student Center at Onondaga Community College and the Army ROTC Office at Syracuse University.

Additional drop-off sites: MATTYDALE Army Recruiting Station at 372 Northern Lights Plaza in North Syracuse, SYRACUSE Army Recruiting Station at 2949 Erie Blvd. in Syracuse, 800 State Office Building at 333 East Washington Street in Syracuse.

For more information, please call my district office at 315-428-7632.

 

January 5, 2012
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Gallivan Introduces Legislation to Create Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced today that he has officially introduced legislation (S.6061) to designate a stretch of Rt. 20A as "Wyoming County Veterans Highway". The portion to be designated traverses 16 miles between the intersection of Rt. 20A and Rt. 98, in the Hamlet of Varysburg, and the intersection of Rt. 20A and Rt. 246 in the Town of Sheldon.

December 21, 2011
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RITCHIE GATHERS 20,000 ‘STARS FOR TROOPS’

 Overwhelming Response Shows Area’s Respect for Soldiers

December 9, 2011
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Trees for the Troops From Grossmans

On Friday, December 2nd, I had the privilege to kick off Trees for Troops weekend at Grossmans Garden and Home. Grossmans Garden & Home is partnering for a second year with the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and FedEx to participate in the nationwide Trees for Troops Program. GGH is the only retail in Monroe Country to have a FedEx Trailer on site for the the weekend. After purchasing a tree, families may also load the newly donated tree directly on the truck (with the help of a Grossmans team member) to be given to a local military family. Imagine seeing the kids 'light up' and enjoy the opportunity to put that fresh tree on that huge truck!

December 5, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Kicks Off Collection Drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers

Senator John A. DeFrancisco has started his collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers.  You can drop off your old cell phones at various collection sites throughout Onondaga County.   During a recent press conference, the Senator explained why the non-profit program is so important to soldiers and their families.

December 2, 2011
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NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT CEREMONY AT CAMP SMITH

 

Cortlandt Manor , N.Y. – (11/30/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson) joined forty-five soldiers and their families at a deployment ceremony at Camp Smith this Sunday. Members of the 727th Military Police Law & Order Detachment left for Fort Bliss, Texas where they will train for overseas deployment.

November 30, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Announces His 2011 Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive

Senator DeFrancisco held a press conference on November 29, 2011, to kick off his annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers.  He is pictured with Master Sergeant Peter Palumb and Major Martin Debock.

November 29, 2011
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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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