Issues: Military

Legislation Sponsored by Senator Valesky Designating “LCpl. Jeremy Lasher Memorial Highway” in Oneida is Signed into Law

Albany, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that designates Route 365A in the City of Oneida as the “LCpl.

July 8, 2013
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As Nation Celebrates Independence Secured by Armed Forces, Senator Kennedy Pushes for New Support for NY’s Military Families

Kennedy wants new legislation that will help military families live more comfortably and make ends meet, after making great sacrifices for state and nation.

Kennedy’s bills will provide tuition assistance for children whose parents served in armed forces, help vets and their families cover property tax bills, boost veterans’ access civil-service jobs.

Kennedy: Entire families bear the burden of sacrifice when a son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother is called to duty to protect our freedom and security. Our state must do more to support military families.

July 3, 2013
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STARS, STRIPES AND A SALUTE TO OUR NATION

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

This week, many people will join friends and family members to fire up the grill, load up the cooler, and find that perfect spot to watch a spectacle in the sky for the Fourth of July holiday. But, the Fourth is so much more than cookouts and fireworks displays.  It’s a chance to salute our nation—as well as those who defend it. 

This year, our nation will celebrate its 237th birthday.  It was on July 4th 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, declaring the 13 colonies a free nation.  If you’d like to read the document for yourself, you can request a copy by clicking here.

July 1, 2013
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Senator Boyle Sponsors Cell Phone For Soldiers Collection

Senator Phil Boyle Has Partnered With Cell Phones For Soldiers To Provide Troops With Free Calls Home Senator Phil Boyle and nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking community residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 290,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, community members can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.-    On Saturday, June, 29, 2013, community members can bring their used cell phones to the American Legion Hall 94, 22 Grove Place in Babylon from 10:00AM until 1:00PM. 

June 29, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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4th Annual Military & Veterans Appreciation Event at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, June 30, 2013

The 4th Annual Military & Veterans Appreciation Event will be held on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Watkins Glen International in conjunction with this weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.  Find out more...

Listen to event organizer Dawn Smith recently on Finger Lakes Radio.

 

June 27, 2013
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STATEMENT ON THE ARMY’S TROOP RESTRUCTURING ANNOUNCEMENT

There is still more to be learned about the Army’s troop restructuring plan and its full effect on Fort Drum and surrounding North Country communities, but one thing is clear: our region will be impacted from the loss of troops, their families and civilian employees at the post, and in surrounding communities.

The potential for additional, even deeper cuts as a result of inaction on the federal budget, referenced repeatedly during the Army’s Pentagon announcement, raises even greater concerns, and makes today’s news a strong wake up call for Congress to act.

June 25, 2013
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SENATE OK’S BILL TO GIVE CAPITOL FLAG TO FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES

Ritchie Cosponsors Bill Inspired By, Named For Slain Fort Drum Officer

The State Senate today approved a bill cosponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to create the “Lt. Colonel Todd Clark Memorial Flag Presentment Program.”

June 20, 2013
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SENATE HONORS FALLEN FORT DRUM OFFICER TODD CLARK

 

Moving Tribute to Soldier Who Was Part of Ritchie’s 2012 ‘Fort Drum Day’ at the Capitol

Members of the State Senate honored a fallen hero Tuesday, one day after the body of Lt. Col. Todd Clark was returned to his Albany hometown.

June 18, 2013
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LIVINGSTON COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE UNANIMOUSLY

Gallivan Bill Seeks To Designate Part Of Route 20A In Honor Of Area Vets

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4752 - Gallivan) to designate a portion of State Route 20A in Livingston County as the “Livingston County Veterans Memorial Highway.” The portion to be designated begins at State Route 20A’s intersection with Route I-390 and continues west to Livingston County’s border with Wyoming County.

June 13, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL TO END DUPLICATE VEHICLE TAX TO RETURNING MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation, which would end double sales taxation on vehicles of military service members who have returned to New York, passed the Senate today, June 13, 2013.

June 13, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Honors Astoria Resident and WWII Hero

I presented lifelong Astoria resident and World War II hero Robert (Bob) Danke with his official plaque and poster signifying his induction into the New York State Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame. Bob is a true American hero and I was proud to join him and his family to commemorate the services he rendered his country.

Check out this Queens Tribune article for more details on Bob's heroic service.

June 11, 2013
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STATE SENATE PASSES BILL PROVIDING LONG-SERVING RESERVISTS WITH PROPERTY TAX BREAKS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced that his legislation(S553B), which would provide a five percent property tax break to reservists and National Guard members who have 20 years of service, passed the Senate today.

“Reservists and guard members can be called from civilian life to serve at a moments’ notice. These service members should be rewarded for their commitment to serving our country,” said Senator DeFrancisco, an Air Force Veteran.

If enacted, each municipality would have the discretion to offer the five percent tax break to service members if they are not eligible for any other military property tax exemption. Currently, veterans may receive various property tax breaks, but reservists are not eligible for any type of property tax break if they are not a veteran.

June 3, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Speaking at the Elmsford Memorial Day Ceremony

Leader Stewart-Cousins spent her morning at Elmsford's 83rd Annual Memorial Day Parade & Service, speaking at the ceremony to honor the courage and sacrifice of the brave men and women who died fighting for the great nation we live in.

May 30, 2013
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Paying Tribute to Our Members of the Military

Senator John DeFrancisco saw this video and wanted to share it with his constituents. 

May 29, 2013
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Senator John DeFrancisco Commemorates Memorial Day 2013

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped honor all of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, by participating in Memorial Day events throughout Onondaga County and in Auburn.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured speaking during the Butterfly Garden of HOPE Remembrance Ceremony, at which he presented a legislative resolution marking the 35th anniversary of HOPE for the Bereaved.

May 28, 2013
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Honoring Our Military on Memorial Day and Every Day

May is National Military Appreciation Month and today is Memorial Day, times to honor our military service men and women who protect our Nation.

Our veterans have sacrificed so much for keeping our country safe and free, but do we ever take the time to tell them? Next time you see a local veteran, shake his or her hand and say "thank you" -- that all of the sacrifices were worth it.

May 27, 2013
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HONORING OUR HEROES THIS MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day may be a time where we enjoy quality time with friends and family, but we must never forget that those privileges have been fought for and defended by countless heroes, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

Without them and their selfless dedication, none of what we are so lucky to have in America would be possible.

May 24, 2013
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