New legislation that would allow more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted in special elections has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The legislation (S.3500) ensures that current state law conforms with the federal law requiring election officials to finalize and transmit the final ballot to military voters overseas within 45 days of a special election.
Bill Now in Assembly; Fixes Discrepancy Between State & Federal Laws
Queens, NY, March 7, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), ranking member of both the Senate’s Elections Committee and its Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, supports the Governor’s Program Bill #4, announced by Governor Cuomo on February 23, which has been passed by the Senate and now needs passage in the Assembly. Once passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, it would take effect immediately.
Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallPublic Hearing: To consider opportunities to improved New York State’s Homeland Security Operations and how far we have come since September 11th 2001Place: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796Media Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallPublic Hearing: To understand the needs of New York State veterans as well as gauge the quality of services they are currently receiving and how we can better serve themPlace: State Capitol Building, Room 124, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Krista Gobins (845-531-9796Media Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
OLEAN - When two Marines involved in a training mission off the coast of South Carolina were forced to eject from their aircraft after an engine failure, it was Olean native and Petty Officer 3rd Class (AMT-3) Andrew Witruke and his Coast Guard crew who were on scene to make the rescue.
Seneca Falls- New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio continues his unwavering commitment to the brave men and women serving our Nation overseas by hosting his annual Holiday Drive for the Troops. As he did last year, Senator Nozzolio is once again working with several local leaders to expand the Holiday Drive, including New York State Assemblyman Bob Oaks, New York State Assemblyman Gary Finch and Webster Supervisor R
Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that a legislative package has passed the senate which will expand benefits available to both veterans and service members serving on active duty. The legislative package, which consisted of eleven bills, covers the areas of health and well-being, housing assistance, matrimonial law, tax relief, voting protection and educational opportunity.
On June 1st, NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Eric Adams announced a new and improved NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Senator Andrea Stewart- Cousins was joined in Albany by Yonkers resident and a 2010 nominee, Eli Michael Vetrano, who is a United States Army veteran. In the coming weeks, a ceremony will be held to honor all members of the Hall of Fame in the 35th District, recognizing their service in the United States Armed Forces...
Despite all of the positive things we were able to accomplish by remaining in Albany for all of last week, staying up north on Thursday and Friday meant I had to miss an event I had been looking forward to attending – the dedication of the Armed Forces Memorial at William Floyd High School.
Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) released the following statement to commemorate Memorial Day:
“Vietnam Veteran Max Cleland wrote that the curse of the soldier is that he never forgets. Today is a day when all of us are called to join with them to pay tribute to our fallen to ensure that we as a country never forget.
“For over 140 years, Memorial Day has been set aside as a day for us to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and way of life.