Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at the dedication ceremony at the Twelve Corners Memorial Stone in Brighton. Herb Ross, who was a vital part of the Brighton community for so many years, received the honor of having his name added to the memorial stone. I had the pleasure of working with Herb throughout the years, both on my staff and in other capacities. Herb passed away earlier this year. He was a Korean War Army veteran who also served afterward in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of major. He volunteered for six decades at Temple B’rith Kodesh and twice served as president of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce. Herb also worked for a long time at Daw Drug Co., then as an insurance agent. I am pictured with my daughter and members of Herb's family.
Senator Ritchie Joins Local Leaders to Sign the “Army Community Covenant”State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Army, national, state and local leaders for the signing of the “Army Community Covenant,” at a ceremony held at Watertown’s Salmon Run Mall.Created in 2008 by the Secretary of the Army, the Army Community Covenant program was designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families. Today’s Community Covenant renewal signing ceremony symbolized our community’s commitment to our local military here at Ft. Drum
Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced legislation that 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, passed the New York state Senate on June 13, 2012.
“There have been numerous incidents where the names of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been used without concern for the solider 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.”
Gallivan 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.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the New York State Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veteran Affairs, today is inviting local residents to celebrate Flag Day at a Concert on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. in Marine Park, entrance at Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway.
The concert will feature performances by the Kings County American Legion Headquarters Band and others. The event will commemorate the United States Army’s 237th Birthday and the gathering will allow for a show of support for the men and women of the military.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.490), sponsored by Senator Joe Robach, that waives the 24-hour waiting period for military members to get married after receiving a marriage license. This would apply to military members who are scheduled for deployment in less than 30 days. “Given the sacrifice, coupled with the unique circumstances of active veterans, we feel this bill will better accommodate the requests of some of our brave men and women in the military with their personal and family lives,” said Senator Robach. “This is one small favor we can do to accommodate their time frame.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson recently honored a local distinguished service member from the 69th Infantry to represent the 4th Senate district in the New York Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Senator Johnson inducted Sergeant First Class John E. Walsh, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion of the 69th Infantry at a ceremony in Albany on May 22, 2012. The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was established by the Senate in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding service members, like Robert E. Walsh, whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed forces is complemented by their service to the community.
PEARL RIVER, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today hosted his very first Veterans ThoughtRaiser, a policy focused roundtable geared towards generating real ideas and solutions to increase employment opportunities among our returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The theme of the Senator’s ThoughtRaiser – “Getting Our Vets Back to Work” – explored ways in which the federal and state government can actively partner together, streamline redundancy and encourage agency cooperation, and discuss a multitude of issues and bills currently being debated in the New York State legislature. The roundtable also explored ways in which businesses can take advantage of tax incentives for hiring returning veterans.
Yesterday, I had the privilege and honor to take part in Memorial Day celebrations around our community. It was great to see so many familiar faces around Gates, Hilton, Greece, Charlotte, and Rochester. Thank you to all the brave men and women for your sacrifice and service to our Country.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with WWII Veteran Edward Zaluski and Edward's wife, Betty, at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Onondaga Hill, Sunday, May 25, 2012. The ceremony honors and remembers all of the military men and women, who lost their lives while serving our country.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco observed Memorial Day by remembering and honoring all of the brave men and women, who died while protecting our country and our freedoms. The Senator attended several parades and ceremonies throughout Onondaga County during the holiday weekend.
Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was joined by Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Assembly District) as he welcomed Second Lieutenant Phillip Cuiffo of Northport to the New York Senate Chamber. Second Lieutenant Cuiffo was in Albany as the Senate honored Fort Drum and the United States Army 10th Mountain Division, which is the most deployed combat brigade in the United States Army.
Fort Drum is the largest United States Army post in the Northeastern United States, with 19,987 soldiers and 4,614 civilian workers. The post is commanded by Major General Mark A. Millay and a dedicated group of officers.
During the visit, the Senate voted to proclaim May 23, 2012 as 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York.