Issues: Troops

Senator Gianaris Inducts Roman Baca Into New York Veterans Hall of Fame

Senator Michael Gianaris honored Astoria resident and former Marine Sergeant Roman Baca as an inductee into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The Veteran’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by service to their communities. Mr. Baca, co-founder of Exit12 Dance Company, was officially inducted into the Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a May 19th ceremony in Albany.

 

“It is an honor and privilege to celebrate the service Roman has provided to our nation and to our local community,” said Senator Gianaris. “One of my most important jobs is to make sure our veterans have the necessary support to succeed upon returning home, and Roman has dedicated his life to helping fellow veterans in an innovative and creative way. I thank him for his service to our country and for his continued work on behalf of all those who keep our nation safe.”

May 29, 2015
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RITCHIE ‘CAREER PORTABILITY’ BILL FOR MILITARY SPOUSES GETS SENATE OK

NY is Only State Without a Law that Protects Careers of Soldiers’ Families

The State Senate today approved a bill, sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, to make it easier for spouses of active duty military to get approval to work in their chosen fields that require licensing or certification by the state.

“Right now, hundreds, if not thousands of military spouses at Fort Drum and other posts around New York are prohibited from working in jobs for which they are well-trained, even though they have valid licenses in their home states,” said Senator Ritchie.

“That’s because New York—alone among every other state—requires these professionals to undergo the same training, testing and certification process as if they were seeking a license for the very first time.

May 27, 2015
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Senator Serino Honors Our Heroes

 

Senator Serino Honors Our Heroes

HYDE PARK, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) released the following statement today in honor of the Memorial Day holiday:

“Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our lives and our freedoms. While words will never be enough to thank them—or their families—for that sacrifice, may they feel the weight of our gratitude throughout the weekend as communities come together to celebrate their lives and dedication.

I wish residents across the Senate District a very happy and safe Memorial Day.”

 

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May 22, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO TO HONOR VETERANS AT SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY MEMORIAL DAY EVENT

Honoring our Nation’s greatest heroes, as well as recognizing our region’s historic significance as the birthplace of Memorial Day, State Senator Mike Nozzolio will be speaking at in a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25th at the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus.  

May 22, 2015
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May 21, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS OSWEGO COUNTY WWII VET DONALD KEENEY AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Oswego County World War II  veteran Donald Keeney as her 2015 inductee into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” from the 48th Senate District at a special ceremony held Tuesday at the State Capitol. 

“Among the tales of World War II’s epic battles and horrific conflicts, are stories of ordinary people who rose to the occasion to defend our country,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“Donald Keeney is one of those people who stepped up to the plate and put his life on the line to fight for our freedom. Not only did he dedicate himself to our nation, after completing his service, he went above and beyond to serve his community. In 2015, we marked 70 years since the end of WWII, and today,  I’m humbled to honor him and thank him for his unwavering commitment to making our country and his community a better place.”

May 19, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Names Henrietta Man to Veterans Hall of Fame

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) honored Western New York Veteran Franklin “Bob” Harder Jr. Tuesday during a ceremony at the State Capitol.  The Henrietta resident has been named to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. 

May 19, 2015
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ADDABBO HIGHLIGHTS 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY ON SATURDAY, MAY 16TH

Queens, NY (May 15, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, is urging his constituents to join with him this Saturday, May 16th,  in recognizing the 65th Anniversary of National Armed Forces Day in the United States.

May 15, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS 16 OF AMERICA’S HEROES AT “VETERANS HALL OF FAME” CEREMONY

As the nation continues to celebrate National Military Appreciation Month, State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 16 veterans from throughout Central and Northern New York Thursday, at her annual “Veterans Hall of Fame” ceremony, which took place at the U.S. Army Reserve Center near Fort Drum.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO OF THE VETERANS RECOGNITION CEREMONY

“There are people we paid tribute to today, who fought in some of history’s most dangerous battles, including, the Invasion of Normandy, Iwo Jima and the Battle of the Bulge, as well as more recent conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 14, 2015
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RITCHIE TO HONOR 16 CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NY VETERANS THURSDAY AT SPECIAL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor 16 veterans from throughout Central and Northern New York at her annual “Veterans Hall of Fame” ceremony, taking place Thursday May 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, located on Colyer Drive, just outside the gates of Fort Drum. 

Veterans were nominated for induction into the Veterans Hall of Fame by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our local communities.

“For the past several years, I’ve been extremely humbled to have the opportunity to honor such courageous men and women through my Veterans Hall of Fame program,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 13, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN & ASSEMBLYMAN SKOUFIS PAY TRIBUTE TO CADETS DURING WEST POINT DAY IN ALBANY

Senator Bill Larkin (R,C – Cornwall-On-Hudson) and Assemblyman James Skoufis (D – Woodbury) paid tribute to a group of cadets both men and women from the United States Military Academy at West Point during the 63rd annual West Point Day on Wednesday May 6th, held in the New York State Capitol in Albany. 

A reception took place at Senator Larkin’s Albany Office in the Capitol Building.  A group of cadets, Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Superintendant and other officers from West Point were honored in the Senate and Assembly chambers.

May 11, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS WEST POINT CADETS AT CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point to the Capitol Wednesday as part of the Legislature’s “West Point Day.” 

Two cadets from Jefferson County were included in the group; Cadet Nicholas Tyler of Adams, and Cadet Brandon Lloyd of Watertown.  Both are graduates of South Jefferson High School. 

May 8, 2015
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2015 West Point Day Remarks

Senator Larkin addressing the West Point delegation during the 2015 West Point Day celebration held at the Capitol in Albany.

May 7, 2015
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May 6, 2015
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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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One of our fallen heroes, Army Spc. Ryan P. Jayne, will be honored on Saturday at the Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall ceremony in Illinois

One of our fallen local heroes, United States Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne of Corning, will be honored on Saturday, May 2nd, during a Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall ceremony in Darien, Illinois.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with Spc. Jayne, and his family and friends.

Read more in the Star-Gazette, "Army ceremony to honor fallen Twin Tiers solider"

May 1, 2015
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