Issues: Troops

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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Senator Stewart-Cousins Inducts Pleasantville Native into New York State Senate Veterans 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 today 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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Senator Valesky Honors Albert Paviglianti at Veterans Hall of Fame Ceremony

ALBANY, N.Y.--Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced the induction of Albert Paviglianti, of Canastota, into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame in honor of his meritorious service to the nation and his community.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to thank Mr. Paviglianti for his bravery and sacrifice serving our nation in the Marines, and for his continued commitment to the community through his leadership in the American Legion,” Senator Valesky said.

June 14, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL OFFERING TAX BREAK FOR MILITARY RESERVISTS PASSES SENATE

A bill sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) that could let military reservists cut their property tax bill was passed Monday by the Senate.

The measure, S.5231, gives local counties, cities, towns and villages an option to offer reservists the same property tax benefit that is currently available to other veterans who served their nation during specific periods of conflict.

“The changing nature of threats to our nation has also changed the demands that we put on the men and women of our military reserves, who are increasingly called upon to serve side by side with active duty military to defend our freedom and way of life,” Senator Ritchie said.

“These are our ‘citizen soldiers’ who often times interrupt their careers and spend long stretches away from the families, communities and friends—just like those in the active duty service—but aren’t entitled to the same benefits back home. This bill shows our gratitude and respect for all that they do for us.”

June 13, 2011
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Senate observes a moment of silence for Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, New York.

Albany, N.Y., June 13--In the Senate Chamber, at the request of Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats), the New York State Senate observed a moment of silence for Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, New York.

June 13, 2011
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Statement from Senator O'Mara on U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County

Albany, N.Y.—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of 20-year-old, U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder of Cohocton, who was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, June 4, 2011:

June 6, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Thanks Veterans At The Town Of Wales Memorial Day Parade

Senator Gallivan spent Memorial Day thanking veterans and honoring the fallen at the Town of Wales Memorial Day Parade, and later joined Orchard Park's American Legion Post 567 for the dedication of their Memorial Wall.

June 1, 2011
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Gallivan Honors Memorial Day By Announcing Veterans' Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Erie County) announced a series of initiatives today designed to benefit area veterans, current service members and military families. The announcement comes in conjunction with the national observance of Memorial Day.

June 1, 2011
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ADDABBO: SENATE PASSES PRE-MEMORIAL DAY BILLS HONORING SERVICE OF VETERANS, PAST AND CURRENT

Bills Provide Additional Entitlements; Senator Reminds Residents to Be Mindful of Memorial Day 

May 27, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Kicks off “Cell Phones for Soldiers” Drive

Hauppauge, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today that he is kicking off a drive to collect cell phones for soldiers. Zeldin (Above, Center), a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, said that his office in the State Office Building in Hauppauge (250 Veteran's Memorial Hwy. Hauppauge, NY), will serve as a collection site for the Cell Phones for Soldiers project.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers, Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

May 26, 2011
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Veterans Package

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 25, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

This Memorial Day, Veterans First: Senator Huntley Supports New Programs to Benefit New York’s Servicemen and Women

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the New York State Senate passed a package of nine bills today which will expand or launch new benefits programs for the brave New Yorkers who have fought for our nation’s freedom.

May 25, 2011
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Fundraiser for LCpl John Curtin Raises More Than $10K

 

CARMEL, NY (5/20/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) announced that Friday’s fundraiser for LCpl John Curtin, held at the Carmel VFW Hall, raised more than $10,000 for the Curtin family with more than 200 attendees.

May 24, 2011
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Senator Ball Announces Purple Heart “Forever” Stamp

ALBANY, NY (5/4/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, joined Senator William Larkin, Jr. (R, C – Cornwall-On-Hudson), to announce that the U.S. Postal Service has classified the Purple Heart postage stamp as a “Forever” stamp, guaranteeing that the stamp will remain in circulation.

Prior to the “Forever” classification, each postage increase jeopardized the continued circulation of the Purple Heart stamp.

May 24, 2011
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Chairman Ball Announces Historic Bill Banning Protests at Military Funerals

 

ALBANY, NY- Senator Greg Ball announced his support today for a Bill which would ban the ability of individuals and groups to protest at the funeral services of military personnel. The bill which is being Co-sponsored by Ball, along with Senator Zeldin, is an attempt to protect members of the military and their families from groups who in recent years have used military funerals as a platform to gain attention for themselves and their agendas. Senator Ball stated "I believe this bill will have unanimous support from our Majority Conference and will be an important and fitting tribute to all those serving in uniform, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In coordination with my efforts to restore funding to our veterans homes this is one of many veterans bills that we will pass on this historic day and I ask New Yorkers to call upon the Assembly to do the same, immediately."

May 24, 2011
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West Point Day 2011

Senator Larkin speaks on the Senate floor during the 2011 West Point Day in Albany. 

May 18, 2011
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Griffo Helps Commemorate New Purple Heart Stamp Classification

Griffo Commemorates New Purple Heart Stamp ClassificationU.S. Postal Service Makes Purple Heart Stamp “Forever”

(Utica) – State Senator Joseph Griffo joined members of the Central New York Chapter 490 Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA in commemorating the national unveiling of the new Purple Heart 'Forever' stamp by the United States Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service will officially unveil and issue the Purple Heart “Forever” stamp in San Diego on May 5, 2011.

May 5, 2011
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