Issues: Military

ADDABBO: NYS TAX DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES FREE TAX FILING SERVICE FOR ELIGIBLE TAXPAYERS

Website Offers Qualifying Guidelines for Using FreeFile 

Queens, NY, March 15, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), who serves on the Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, urged taxpayers to take advantage of FreeFile – a program providing free state and federal tax preparation and e-filing services to qualified New York State taxpayers.  Half of New York’s taxpayers qualify for free or reduced fees to file electronically through FreeFile. You may be eligible if you earned $58,000 or less in 2010 or if you served in the military in 2010.   

March 15, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals, Additional Legislation to Support Veterans

The New York State Senate Monday passed legislation (S.3901) that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

 

 

This legislation is part of a package of Veterans bills that was passed by the Senate Monday. 

 

 

In addition, the Senate passed legislation that would significantly enhance the protection of property, rights and services available to current and former military personnel. The seven bills would build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to increase support for veterans and their families.

 

March 15, 2011
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Senator Valesky Supports New Programs to Benefit New York's Servicemen and Women

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) voted to pass a package of legislation that extends or creates programs to honor the brave veterans and active military personnel who serve our nation.

March 15, 2011
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ADDABBO SUPPORTS GOVERNOR’S PROGRAM BILL THAT ENSURES OVERSEAS MILITARY VOTERS ARE TREATED FAIRLY IN SPECIAL ELECTIONS

 

Bill Now in Assembly; Fixes Discrepancy Between State & Federal Laws 

 

Queens, NY, March 7, 2011 –  NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), ranking member of both the Senate’s Elections Committee and its Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, supports the Governor’s Program Bill #4, announced by Governor Cuomo on February 23, which has been passed by the Senate and now needs passage in the Assembly. Once passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, it would take effect immediately.  

March 8, 2011
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Griffo Supports Senate Extension of Military Vote Count

Griffo Supports Senate Extension of Military Vote Count Governor-backed measure expected to be signed soon

New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) this week, voted to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

The Senate passed the legislation (Senate bill # 3500); one day after the Assembly passed the companion version.

March 7, 2011
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Public Hearing: To consider opportunities to improved New York State’s Homeland Security Operations and how far we have come since September 11th 2001

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallPublic Hearing: To consider opportunities to improved New York State’s Homeland Security Operations and how far we have come since September 11th 2001Place: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796Media Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 8, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Public Hearing: To understand the needs of New York State veterans as well as gauge the quality of services they are currently receiving and how we can better serve them

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallPublic Hearing: To understand the needs of New York State veterans as well as gauge the quality of services they are currently receiving and how we can better serve themPlace: State Capitol Building, Room 124, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Krista Gobins (845-531-9796Media Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 14, 11:00 AM - 12:33 PM
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Room 816 LOB

March 1, 1:30 PM - 1:40 PM
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Senator Ball Passes Three Bills Through Veterans' Committee

New York Veterans Urge Assembly to Also Pass Major Legislation that Guarantees Veterans Property Tax for Surviving Spouses, and Establishes Atomic War Veterans and War on Terror Expeditionary Medals

February 16, 2011
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On Veterans Day

Today we pay tribute to our country’s greatest heroes – the brave women and men of our armed services – who have risked life and limb in defense of our nation.

November 11, 2010
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Honoring Marine Lance Corporal Timothy Serwinowski from North Tonawanda

On Thursday, June 24, 2010, the New York State Senate unanimously adopted a resolution honoring Lance Corporal Timothy G. Serwinowski of North Tonawanda.  The 21-year old Marine was killed in Afghanistan last weekend.

In this video clip Senator George Maziarz, a North Tonawanda native, speaks on the floor of the Senate Chamber about the ultimate sacrifice made by our hometown hero, Lance Cpl. Serwinowski.  A moment of silence follows.

June 24, 2010
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Senate Passes Bill to Ease Transition for Military Students

Interstate Compact would remove barriers, standardize transfer for children of military families

June 22, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Eric Adams, Chair Thursday , June 17, 2010 Off the Floor

June 17, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Westchester Herald: Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces Veterans Hall of Fame Celebration

On June 1st, NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Eric Adams announced a new and improved NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Senator Andrea Stewart- Cousins was joined in Albany by Yonkers resident and a 2010 nominee, Eli Michael Vetrano, who is a United States Army veteran. In the coming weeks, a ceremony will be held to honor all members of the Hall of Fame in the 35th District, recognizing their service in the United States Armed Forces...

June 10, 2010
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Names Ronald C. Tocci to the New York Senate "Veterans Hall of Fame"

 

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) this week named Ronald C. Tocci to the New York Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame”. The award recognizes veterans for exceptional service in both the military and the community. 

June 7, 2010
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Senator Bonacic presenting the New York State Liberty Medal to the family of fallen Marine Cpl. Nick Uzenski

On Friday, June 4th, 2010 Senator Bonacic awarded the New York State Liberty Medal posthumously to the family of Marine Cpl. Nick Uzenski, 21, who died in combat in Afghanistan.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with Nick's mother, Lisa Uzenski and his grandmother, Audrey Archibald.

June 7, 2010
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Bearing Witness to William Floyd's Fallen Sons

Despite all of the positive things we were able to accomplish by remaining in Albany for all of last week, staying up north on Thursday and Friday meant I had to miss an event I had been looking forward to attending – the dedication of the Armed Forces Memorial at William Floyd High School.

June 3, 2010
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Veterans Hall of Fame Celebration

On June 1st, NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Eric Adams announced a new and improved NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins was joined in Albany by Yonkers resident and a 2010 nominee, Eli Michael Vetrano, who is a United States Army veteran. In the coming weeks, a ceremony will be held to honor all members of the Hall of Fame in the 35th District, recognizing their service in the United States Armed Forces.

June 1, 2010
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May 28, 2010
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