Issues: Troops

RITCHIE: STATE SENATE CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PROTECT FORT DRUM

Continues Week of Efforts Aimed at Highlighting Post 

Just one day before a “listening session” on proposed troop reductions, State Senator Patty Ritchie and her colleagues are calling on Congress to stand up and protect Fort Drum. 

Senator Ritchie and members of the Senate Majority sent a letter today to members to the state’s Congressional delegation to voice support for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum and express concerns about the significant economic impact potential troop reductions would have on the North Country and the state as a whole.

March 19, 2015
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Fort Drum Day 2015 Ceremony in the Historic State Senate Chamber

Ceremonial events marking Fort Drum Day 2105 in the NYS Senate, featuring remarks by Major General Stephen Townsend, Commanding General of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.

 

March 18, 2015
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GENERAL STEPHEN TOWNSEND ADDRESSES THE SENATE ON "FORT DRUM DAY" 2015

Army Major General Stephen J. Townsend delivers remarks in the historic New York State Senate Chamber on "10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day," the fourth annual event created by Senator Patty Ritchie to celebrate the post and its soldiers. Prior to his speech, Senator Ritchie and others heaped praise on Fort Drum and its soldiers, and urged Washington not to cut troop strength at the post, which is New York's largest single-site employer and the largest military installation in the Northeast.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT "FORT DRUM DAY" 2015.

 

March 18, 2015
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10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION AND FORT DRUM DAY CELEBRATED AT STATE CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed 10th Mountain Division Commanding General, Major General Stephen Townsend and troops to the Capitol Tuesday for 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day. 

The event—which is in its fourth consecutive year—celebrated Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s contributions to the North Country region, the state and our nation.  Joining General Townsend were Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum Garrison Commander; Captain Scott Dawe, Commanding General’s Aide; Lieutenant Colonel Tage Rainsford, Public Affairs Officer and more than four dozen soldiers and officers who serve with the 10th Mountain Division.

“Year after year, 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day has allowed my colleagues in Albany to see firsthand the impact that the post and its troops have on our entire state—not just the North Country,” said Senator Patty Ritchie.

March 17, 2015
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Senate Hosts Fourth Annual Fort Drum Day

The New York State Senate today hosted the fourth annual 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day recognition event in the Senate Chamber.

March 17, 2015
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PROTECT THE POST: RITCHIE SCORES $500,000 TO HELP SECURE FUTURE OF FORT DRUM

Senator Also Wants Additional "Base Retention" Funding in New State Budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing $500,000 in new state funding to secure additional "buffer areas" around Fort Drum that are critical to preserving the future of the military post.

The $500,000 comes from a special "military base retention" budget account, aimed at supporting efforts to enhance and protect Fort Drum and other military installations. This year, Senator Ritchie is seeking to increase funding for military base retention in the new state budget that's due April 1st.  In recent years, she has played a key role in filling the account help preserve Fort Drum and other military installations across the state.

 “Right now, more than ever, it’s critical that we make protecting and enhancing Fort Drum one of our top priorities,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 16, 2015
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RITCHIE TO HOST “FORT DRUM DAY” AT CAPITOL TUESDAY

Kicks Off Week of Events to Highlight NNY Post Ahead of Army Cuts

March 13, 2015
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RITCHIE URGES BUDGET FUNDING TO HELP SOLDIERS WITH PTSD

Senate Budget Restores Cuts to Programs that Help Returning Fort Drum Troops

March 12, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs  Senator Thomas Croci, Chair  11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Room 124 CAP

February 25, 11:30 AM - 11:37 AM
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Veterans Legal Clinic, Cell Phones For Soldiers and His Legislative Questionnaire on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how a new Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University will make an impact. He also talks about the success of his annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive, and he details the input he's receiving from a legislative questionnaire that he mailed to constituents.  

January 23, 2015
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PUBLIC DONATES MORE THAN 1,100 MOBILE PHONES TO SENATOR DEFRANCISCO’S SEVENTH ANNUAL CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS COLLECTION DRIVE

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to announce that his 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive has resulted in more than 1,100 mobile phones. Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank the Central New York community for again answering the call to help support this important cause! 

January 16, 2015
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NEW SUPPORT FOR SOLDIERS IN 2015

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

January 5, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco's 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers Collection Sites/ Thank You for Donating

Senator John A. DeFrancisco’s 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive is running now through January 5, 2015. Central New Yorkers may begin to drop off their gently-used mobile phones at his district office in Syracuse OR at any of his other collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the City of Auburn:

District Office:

800 State Office Building333 East Washington StreetSyracuse, New York 13202

December 23, 2014
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December 19, 2014
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Video of Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony

Video of New York State Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veteran's Hall of Fame ceremony held at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. The distinguished veterans honored during Senator Marchione’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony for the 43rd Senate District were: Gary Flaherty, U.S. Army, Columbia County; Charles Hoffman, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Paul O’Keefe, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Eugene Ratigliano, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Christopher Sgambati, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Al Soria, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; and Brian Wilsey, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, Saratoga County.

December 18, 2014
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Video of Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony

Video of New York State Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veteran's Hall of Fame ceremony held at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. The distinguished veterans honored during Senator Marchione’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony for the 43rd Senate District were: Gary Flaherty, U.S. Army, Columbia County; Charles Hoffman, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Paul O’Keefe, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Eugene Ratigliano, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Christopher Sgambati, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Al Soria, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; and Brian Wilsey, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, Saratoga County.

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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New Bill Gives Veterans Greater Property Tax Relief

As Senator Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas delivered greater property tax relief for veterans, NY1 was on the scene to cover the press conferece. Check out the full NY1 story here. 

December 17, 2014
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Senator Gianaris, Assemblywoman Simotas Secure Increased Property Tax Relief for Veterans

Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas joined community and veteran leaders and Senator Joe Addabbo, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Committee, to announce that their bill to provide increased property tax relief to veterans has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, bringing our veterans property tax exemption into the 21st century by updating a decades-old benefit for those who have served our country. The bill will immediately raise the property tax exemption for veterans from $5,000 to $7,500, remedying the effects of inflation on a policy meant to make life easier for servicemen and women returning home.

December 17, 2014
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