Issues: Troops

GOVERNOR SIGNS BALL, CASTELLI MILITARY PROTECTION ACT

Brewster,  N.Y. – (07/18/11) – A bill that protects the jobs of public employees who are called to serve their country is now on the books in New York State. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed The Ball, Castelli Military Protection Act (S4583A) into law. The bill, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge), protects public employees’ jobs when they are absent on military duty.

July 21, 2011
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Times-Herald: Lack of burial plots for veterans looms

7/4/2011 - Since the days when battles of the American Revolution were fought here, people in the mid-Hudson have sought to honor in death those local residents who have served the nation in uniform.

July 11, 2011
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Examiner: Putnam Leg. Moves Forward on Veterans’ Cemetery

7/1/2011 - The Putnam County Legislature voted 7-1 to agree to take on the perpetual care, operations and maintenance of a proposed veterans’ cemetery in Southeast – should it be built – at a special full meeting at the Historic Courthouse in Carmel Wednesday night. Legislators, though, expressed concerns over financial and environmental issues and added wording to the resolution to ensure the project wouldn’t move forward without them having a second shot at it with more time to research the plan. …

July 11, 2011
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LoHud: Vietnam memorial replica will come to Putnam; vets raise money

7/4/2011 - Former service members, families and friends will have a chance to remember those who fell in the Vietnam War when a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial comes to Putnam County.

July 11, 2011
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Ball, Castelli, Announce Landmark Protections

 

Military Employment Protection Bill Passed NYS Senate and Assembly

Albany, N.Y. – (06/23/11) – New York’s public employees who are called up to serve their country will soon have one less thing to worry about. Their jobs! Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, sponsored and passed a piece of legislation (S4583A) that protects a public employees’ job when they are absent on military duty.

June 23, 2011
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A Deserving Tribute for New York’s Heroes

Veterans’ Cemetery Bill Passes NYS Senate

June 21, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Approval To Bills Limiting Military Funeral Protests

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate gave final legislative approval on Thursday June 16 to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.

June 17, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Approval to Griffo-Sponsored Bills Limiting Military Funeral Protests

Senate Gives Final Legislative Approval to Griffo-Sponsoroed Bills limiting Military Funeral Protests

June 17, 2011
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Legislature Gives Final Approval to Bills Limiting Military Funeral Protests

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.

June 17, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, legislative colleagues give final approval to legislation restricting protests at military funerals

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Senate gave final, unanimous legislative approval last night to legislation co-sponsored by state Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to allow the state and local governments to restrict protests at military funerals.

June 17, 2011
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Legislature gives unanimous, bipartisan approval to legislation to restrict protests at military funerals

Albany, N.Y., June 17—The New York State Senate gave final, unanimous legislative approval last night to legislation co-sponsored by state Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) to allow the state and local governments to restrict protests at military funerals.

June 17, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO BILLS LIMITING MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTS

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.

June 16, 2011
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“How To Care For and Honor The Flag” Information Now Available At Gallivan’s Office

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that his office will be honoring Flag Day and National Flag Week by providing the public with valuable information regarding the history of Old Glory and guidelines for its proper handling.

“Flag Day and National Flag Week is a special time of the year when all Americans try to do something special to honor the flag and all it represents. My office will be offering information so that everyone knows the proper time to display the flag, when it’s appropriate to salute it, and how to respectfully dispose of worn flags,” the Senator said.

June 16, 2011
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Senator Ball and Karl Rohde on the Veterans Hall of Fame

(6/14/11) Senator Greg Ball and Karl Rohde comment on the Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony, to which Rohde was inducted.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Ball Honors NY’s Heroes

Putnam County veteran received prestigious honor at “Hall of Fame” event

Albany, N.Y. – (06/14/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is honoring New York’s heroes at the annual New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame event. Chairman Ball is proud to announce that a Putnam County resident and highly decorated Vietnam combat veteran, Karl R. Rohde, is amongst the group of brave men and women who is being recognized.

June 15, 2011
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Senator Ball Honors Veterans on the Senate Floor

6/14/2011 – Senator Greg Ball honors the Veterans on the floor of the New York State Senate.

June 15, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on reports of a possible protest at the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder

Albany, N.Y., June 15—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on reports that members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church will conduct a protest in Cohocton on Saturday, June 18, at the funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder:

June 15, 2011
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Inducts Pleasantville Native into New York State Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame

Colonel Theresa Mercado- Sconzo Sent to Abu Ghraib to restore Honor to United States After Prisoner Abuse Scandal

(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF- 35th District) inducted Colonel Theresa Mercado-Sconzo (United State Army Nursing Corp) into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Albany. Colonel Mercado-Sconzo, of Pleasantville, NY, was deployed to Abu Ghraib prison in March of 2005 to serve as officer in charge of the detainee camps and emergency room shortly after the prisoner abuse and torture scandal was exposed.

June 14, 2011
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