Issues: Military

RITCHIE LEGISLATION HONORS FALLEN 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION SOLDIER

Bill Creates "Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway"   

***CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF SENTOR RITCHIE'S COMMENTS ON LEGISLATION TO CREATE THE LT. COL. TODD J. CLARK MEMORIAL HIGHWAY***

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced passage of  legislation she cosponsored to honor Lieutenant Colonel Todd Clark, a 17-year Army veteran and member of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion Combat Team, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013. 

The measure passed Wednesday would name a portion of the state highway system, near Lt. Col. Clark’s hometown of Albany, the "Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway.”

“While Lt. Col. Clark was a native of Albany, I was proud to represent him when he was stationed at Fort Drum,” said Senator Ritchie. 

May 6, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC WELCOMES WEST POINT CADETS TO ALBANY AS NY SENATE CELEBRATES WEST POINT DAY

Senator Bonacic was pleased to welcome Cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point to Albany as part of the NY Senate’s 2015 West Point Day. Bonacic had the opportunity to speak with Cadet Christopher Whipple about his time at the Academy. Cadet Whipple resides in Neversink, NY and is set to graduate in 2015. Senior Academy personnel were also on hand, including the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Lieutenant General Robert Caslen. These Cadets are some of the best and brightest that this country has to offer, and West Point Day offers the State Legislature a chance to recognize them.

May 6, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Welcome Home Ceremony for Honor Flight Syracuse Mission 5

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco poses with cadets and a World War II veteran after the Honor Fight Syracuse "Welcome Home" ceremony at Hancock Airport on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco helped welcome home the 81 veterans who were on the Honor Flight and to thank them for their dedicated military service. 

Honor Flight is a not-for-profit organization that flies veterans to and from their war memorials in Washington, D.C.  Hundreds of family and friends of the veterans also participated in Saturday's ceremony.  

April 27, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator Rob Ortt

April 22, 2015 - Senator Ortt discusses the Regional Hockey Festival for Athletes and Vets with Disabilities, Funding for the Retention of District Military Bases and Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Counseling.

April 23, 2015
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SENATE PASSES FUNKE BILL TO WAIVE FISHING LICENSES FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY ON LEAVE

The New York State Senate today passed S.3029, a bill sponsored by Senator Rich Funke to exempt members of the US armed forces who are on active duty military leave from requirements for fishing licenses and associated fees. 

“Our service men and women sacrifice a great deal to defend our way of life and the least we can do to show our thanks is help them enjoy the great outdoors freely when visiting New York on leave,” said Funke. “From Lake Ontario, to Canandaigua Lake, to Irondequoit Bay, to the Erie Canal, the 55th District is home to some of the best fishing anywhere, and my hope is that this bill will help our military personnel enjoy some well-deserved time away out on the water.” 

April 22, 2015
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Ortt Secures Money to Help Keep Falls Air Base Open

Senator Ortt helped to secure $3 million for military base retention efforts. A portion of the money will be set aside for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, which has been targeted for closure twice. Read the articles from the Niagara Gazette and The Buffalo News, and watch a news clip from WGRZ.  

 

April 21, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Ortt Secures an Additional $3 Million for Military Bases

Senator Fought for Money in State Budget to Help Retain Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station 

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced $3 million he championed to help keep military bases, such as the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, in the forefront. The funding, included in the 2015-16 state budget, will be used for research and retention efforts of military bases statewide.

April 20, 2015
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West Seneca Family Health & Safety Fair

Free Admission

Blood Donations

Free Services and Screenings from the following providers or vendors:

 

Alzheimer’s Association of WNY

Bakery Victory Dental Center

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Boy scouts of America

Cancer Services of Erie County

CERT

Curves of West Seneca

D’Youville -

ECC – Nursing School

Erie County Sheriff’s Office

Elder Care Solutions

Girl scouts of WNY

April 25, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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RITCHIE: $3 MILLION IN STATE BUDGET TO SAFEGUARD BASES

RITCHIE: $3 MILLION IN STATE BUDGET TO SAFEGUARD BASES

Funding Added by Senate to Protect Fort Drum, Other Military Assets from Cuts

PTSD Funding for Troops and veterans Also Included in Final Plan

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the new State Budget includes an additional $3 million to help safeguard military bases, including Fort Drum, from possible budget and troop cuts.

The funding is in addition to planned roadway improvements and creation of buffer zones to help make the North Country post more attractive to Washington’s military planners who are eyeing troop cutbacks linked to the budget sequester law.

“Fort Drum is an important economic engine for the North Country and key part of ensuring the Army’s readiness to protect our homeland and fight terrorism abroad,” Senator Ritchie said.

“Once again, New York is sending another signal of the community’s and our state’s commitment to Fort Drum and our nation’s military with this additional support for the post and its mission.”

March 31, 2015
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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’

***CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM***

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.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT "FORT DRUM DAY" 2015.

 

March 18, 2015
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