Issues: Military


State Senator Patty Ritchie paid tribute to fallen troops recently at Fort Drum’s annual Mountain Remembrance ceremony. 

July 11, 2014

Senator Kennedy and Local Gold Star Mothers Lead Cheektowaga’s Independence Day Parade

Kennedy selected to serve as parade’s grand marshal, asks local Gold Star mothers to share the honor.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – In recognition of the sacrifices made by so many brave Western New Yorkers while serving in our nation’s armed forces, Senator Tim Kennedy invited local Gold Star mothers to join him in leading Cheektowaga’s Independence Day parade today.

When Senator Kennedy was selected to serve as grand marshal for the parade, he wanted to share the honor with area residents who deserve our deepest gratitude for the sacrifices their families made to keep our nation strong and free. He asked local Gold Star mothers, who lost children in service to our nation, to share the grand marshal honors with him.

July 4, 2014

Senator Lee Zeldin: NYS Names Bridge for Local Veteran

July 3, 2014 Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570

July 3, 2014

Governor Signs Bill Naming Highway For Fallen Ulster County Soldier

ONEONTA, 07/03/14 – A portion of New York State Highway 44/55 in Ulster County will be renamed in honor of United States Army Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II under legislation signed into law today.  The legislation (S.7824) was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and pays tribute to the young soldier killed on April 28th in Afghanistan.   

July 3, 2014

Senator Lee Zeldin Welcomes Islip Town Supervisor Home from Deployment

RONKONKOMA—On Wednesday, June 2, 2014, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C—Shirley) welcomed home long-time friend and Islip Town Supervisor, Commander Tom Croci, USN-Intel officer, from his 3rd deployment to Afghanistan.

On this last deployment, Commander Croci was stationed in Afghanistan from September 28, 2013-June 22, 2014 while supporting special operations forces. A Hero’s welcome was held at MacArthur Airport in his honor and Senator Zeldin was on hand to present the Supervisor with a proclamation and to thank him for his dedicated service to our nation.

Senator Zeldin is pictured above with Commander Croci during the ceremony.


July 3, 2014


Group Will Explore Ways to Improve Services, Outreach to Those Who Served

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been picked to be part of a nationwide group looking at ways to improve services and outreach to veterans and active members of America’s military.

The Council of State Governments “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs” includes legislators and elected state leaders from across the country. The panel is charged with identifying key veterans’ issues and best-practices that are already in use in various states. The group’s findings will be used to help draft legislative proposals in New York and other states to aid veterans.

“As the State Senator who represents the largest military post in the Northeast, and tens of thousands of veterans who served from World War II to the continuing battles against terrorism, I’ve given top priority to the needs of veterans and active duty members of our military,” said Senator Ritchie, whose district includes Fort Drum, home to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

July 1, 2014

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014

Recognizing the accomplishments and service of Tyler Benjamin Searles.

This young man is Tyler Benjamin Searles from Ravena. Last year achieved the Boy Scouts highest and most prestigious rank, Eagle  Scout. After graduating from High School last year, Tyler enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and is currently stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms,  in California. He is scheduled for deployment to the Middle East in September. I invited him to the Senate Chamber to receive much-deserved recognition from my colleagues. That’s his very proud Dad, Brian, with us in the Senate Chamber.

June 18, 2014

Important Veterans Bill Passes Senate

Senator Montgomery celebrates with veterans on the passing of legislation (S.4714-A) that extends the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. 

Senator Montgomery is a co-sponsor of this legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Senate on June 11, 2014. 



June 13, 2014

Senator Farley Discusses Issues Important to Veterans

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with representatives from the VFW Post 4660, Glenville, NY, on May 28th at his office in Albany to discuss veterans’ issues. Included in the meeting were (seated left to right) Kurt Semon, Jerry Barr and Larry Zeglen. Standing are Senator Farley and Robert Farley.

June 11, 2014


Bill Will Cede Certain Land To The Federal Government

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), announced today that Senate bill S6830A passed the Senate.  This legislation will cede to the federal government full concurrent jurisdiction in and over certain lands of the West Point Military Reservation in Highlands, Orange County.

June 10, 2014

Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes the Wheeler Student Council for Supporting Cell Phones for Soldiers

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was pleased to present merit certificates to members of the Wheeler Elementary Student Council on June 6, 2014, in recognition of their outstanding efforts in collecting phones for his annual Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive.  Over the past few years, Wheeler Elentary has collected hundreds of used mobile phones to help provide prepaid calling cards to deployed U.S. military members. 

June 6, 2014

State Senate Honors 70th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion With Resolution and Veterans Legislation

The New York State Senate has just honored World War II veterans by adopting  a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a defining day in world history that marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II; as well as passing a package of legislation to benefit veterans, and men and women in active military duty.

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June 6, 2014

Senator Stavisky Inducts Coalition for Queens Founder Jukay Hsu to the NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) today inducted Flushing native, Army combat veteran and Coalition for Queens founder Jukay Hsu into the 2014 New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.


June 4, 2014

Senator Serrano's Remarks on Senate Resolution Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano spoke on the Senate floor commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, which occurred on June 6, 1944. D-Day was arguably the most significant turning point in our history. As we approach the 70th anniversary of this historic day, let's remember and honor the courage and sacrifice of the young soldiers who fought and died on the beaches of Europe. They took a stand against the tyranny, totalitarianism, racism and bigotry of that time.

June 2, 2014

Veterans Hall of Fame: First Sergeant Claude Quick

In this special edition of "Your Voice," Senator Joe Griffo and host Julia Lilkendey discuss First Sergeant Claude Quick, the senator's nominee for the Veterans Hall of Fame.

For more on 1st Sgt. Quick, watch the video or read this here.


May 29, 2014

Senator Bonacic Presents Liberty Medal to the Family of Fallen Soldier, Lance Cpl. Scott A. Lynch

Senator Bonacic was a guest speaker a Memorial Day Service at American Legion Post #1443, Greenwood Lake, which honored LCPL Scott A. Lynch, killed in Afghanistan in October of 2010. The Senator presented the Lynch family with a New York State Senate Resolution, and a Liberty Medal, posthumously.


May 28, 2014

"It's important for the community to show their respects." Senator Bonacic discusses Memorial Day

Senator Bonacic discusses the importance of the community to show their respects on Memorial Day.

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