Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized Cadet Sergeant Brian Callahan, a Central New York West Point cadet, during West Point Day at the New York State Capitol. Callahan is a Syracuse native and a 2010 graduate of Bishop Grimes High School.
“All of these cadets are exceptional young men and women, but I am especially proud to honor Brian Callahan who is from Syracuse,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Brian should be commended for his patriotism, dedication and strong commitment to our Nation. For Brian to answer the call to serve in this dangerous time is truly an inspiration to all of us.”
Volunteers Recognized for Nearly 185,000 Hours of Service
State Senator Patty Ritchie joined MG Stephen Townsend Thursday for Fort Drum’s annual Volunteer of the Year ceremony, where volunteers were honored for their 184,770 hours of service on the post last year.
As the featured guest speaker, Senator Ritchie thanked the more than 50 volunteers being honored for their time and their service.
Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris invited local residents to nominate veterans from the community whose service on behalf of our nation warrants induction into the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame.
This online Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by service to their communities.
“The Senate takes this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve our nation and protect our freedom as members of the military,” said Senator Gianaris. “The Veteran’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to all who serve, but singles out for special recognition those whose sacrifices and service helped make our nation and our community better places to live.”
Senator Young was the guest speaker at this year’s St. Bonaventure ROTC Military Ball. Pictured here with Lieutenant Colonel Michael Bianchi, Master Sergeant Steven Stites and the ROTC students, Senator Young spoke about the values and life lessons she learned during her time at St. Bonaventure University. While the ROTC program is administered at St. Bonaventure, students from Houghton College and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford also participate.
Not only does the ROTC program provide tremendous leadership opportunities and a military training, but it is one of the main pathways to becoming a U.S. Army officer. In fact, St. Bonaventure University has produced more than 700 lieutenants for America's Army.
State Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, announced she is accepting nominations for induction into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame, a state website that pays tribute to distinguished veterans.
Marchione will select one veteran from the 43rd Senate district to be recognized.
The 43rd District includes Columbia and portions of Washington, Saratoga and Rensselaer counties.
Sen. Kathy Marchione seeks nominees for 2013 New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame
The Saratogian, Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione invites residents in the 43rd State Senate District, which includes parts of Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties and all of Columbia County, to nominate veterans as 2013 inductees into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
The online Veterans’ Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute and honor the selfless service and personal sacrifice of New York veterans whose courageous service in America’s Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his legislation, which would make it a crime to use the name, image, or likeness of any current or former member of the armed forces or state militia for commercial purposes without permission (S3036), passed the New York state Senate today.
“There have been numerous incidents where the names of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been used without concern for the soldier or the soldier’s family,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Our military members, veterans and their families have made tremendous sacrifices for our country, and it is essential that we respect their privacy.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently took part in Mental Health Awareness Day in Albany recently, speaking to veterans advocates and urging continued funding of the Pfc. Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans.
Advocating for mental health services for veterans, Senator Patty Ritchie addressed the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) at the Association's annual legislative lobby day rally in Albany.
Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties Invited to Participate
State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations from veterans’ posts, family members and community leaders in Central and Northern New York for induction in the New York State Senate’s "Veterans Hall of Fame” program.
The online Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who have served their country in the US Armed Forces and made significant contributions to their communities.
On Wednesday morning, March 13, 2013, Senator Kathleen Marchione attended and addressed the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) annual legislative lobby day rally in Albany to support of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling Program that she has strongly advocated for.
The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.
On February 1, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco officially wrapped up his 2013 Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive to benefit our deployed soldiers. Senator DeFrancisco announced that his office collected 1,500 donated cell phones this season- a record amount! These phones will provide nearly 6,000 hours of free talk time to soldiers stationed around the world.
Senator DeFranciso is grateful to the Central New York community for its overwhelming support. He also thanks all of the local businesses, schools and organizations that served as his designated collection sites. These sites were expanded into Auburn, Fayetteville and Manlius this season:
ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates amongst New York’s returning combat veterans, Independent Democratic Conference Leader and Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, alongside fellow IDC member Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland), Republican Senator Greg Ball (R-Putnam) and a bipartisan group of Senators from across New York, introduced legislation today to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.”