Issues: Troops

Senator Ritchie Celebrates Fort Drum Day 2014

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2:27 Entry of Fort Drum color guard to Senate Chamber

3:55 Invocation by Fort Drum Chaplain (Col.) Kelly J. Moore

6:16 Reading of teh Fort Drum Day resolution

10:50 Welcome by Senate Leader Dean Skelos

12:38 Remarks and Welcome by Senator Patty Ritchie

16:45 Remarks by Brigadier General Michael Howard

March 27, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Initiative to Assist Disabled Veterans On Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.  

March 26, 2014
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RITCHIE WELCOMES FORT DRUM CHILDREN TO THE CAPITOL

Group Celebrates ‘Purple Up Day’ and the Month of the Military Child

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed the children of Fort Drum soldiers to the State Capitol Tuesday to recognize them for their own service, as well as their strength and sacrifices.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SEN. RITCHIE'S WELCOME REMARKS IN THE SENATE CHAMBER

The visit takes place during the “Month of the Military Child,” an annual month-long celebration that pays tribute to roughly 1.8 million sons and daughters of those currently serving in our Armed Forces. That number includes the family members of 18,000 soldiers who are attached to Fort Drum and live in North Country communities Senator Ritchie represents.

“We sometimes forget that behind every brave soldier are family members who love, support and courageously stand by them—and it’s so important that we recognize them for their bravery too,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN ASKS FOR LOCAL NOMINATIONS FOR VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Annual  Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who served in the U.S. Armed Forces

 

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF THE “SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS ACT”

Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S6865), cosponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. 

March 24, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Approval of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act

Senator Kennedy cosponsored bill to help veteran-owned businesses gain access to state contracts.

Recent estimates have indicated that approximately 1,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were unemployed in WNY.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the New York State Senate today passed the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, which will provide veteran-owned businesses with increased access to state contracts. Senator Kennedy cosponsored this legislation (S.6865) to help level the playing field for veterans who are competing with much larger operations to secure state business.

March 24, 2014
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MEASURE COSPONSORED BY SENATOR RITCHIE TO CREATE JOBS, EXPAND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS PASSES SENATE

State Senator Patty Ritchie speaks on the Senate floor on a measure she cosponsored to support the men and women of our Armed Forces by giving preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

March 24, 2014
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'JOBS FOR HEROES' BILL COSPONSORED BY SENATOR RITCHIE TO CREATE JOBS, EXPAND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS PASSES SENATE

***CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S REMARKS ON THE LEGISLATION***

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced a measure she cosponsored to support the men and women of our Armed Forces by giving preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans has passed the Senate.

The measure (S.6865) would create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled-veteran owned small businesses, ensuring New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts. 

“I’m fortunate to be able to represent Fort Drum, as it gives me an opportunity on a regular basis to see everything our troops do not only for our region, but also for our country and this legislation is a tremendous way to say ‘thanks’ for their service” said Senator Ritchie.

March 24, 2014
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HONORING OUR NATION’S HEROES

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

March 24, 2014
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RITCHIE NOW ACCEPTING VETERANS HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS

Veterans to be Honored at Fort Drum Ceremony on May 15th 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame program.

CLICK HERE FOR A NOMINATION FORM

The Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who have served their country in the US Armed Forces and made significant contributions to their communities.

“Throughout the past several years I have had the opportunity to recognize so many men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices in their lives by serving in our Armed Forces,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 21, 2014
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Senator Ritchie Celebrates Fort Drum Day with Gen. Mike Howard

Senator Patty Ritchie hosted soldiers and officers of the 10th Mountain Division for her third annual Fort Drum Day at the New York State Senate on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Visitors were able to inteact with soldiers, view exhibits and learn more about Fort Drum. The highlight of the day was an address by General Michael Howard to senators in the historic Senate Chamber.

March 19, 2014
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THIRD ANNUAL 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION AND FORT DRUM DAY CELEBRATED AT THE CAPITOL

For the third consecutive year, State Senator Patty Ritchie honored our troops and their contributions to our region with 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day, a special event held at the State Capitol.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO PRESENTATION AND GEN. MIKE HOWARD'S SENATE SPEECH

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS FROM FORT DRUM DAY 2014

“The troops who were able to attend today’s event remind my colleagues and I of the many hundreds of thousands of men and women who volunteer to serve and defend our nation as members of our Armed Forces,” said Senator Ritchie.  “Not only that, but they also impress upon us the importance of Fort Drum, not just to our nation’s defense, but also to the Central and Northern New York regions I represent.”

“I’m extremely proud to once again host 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day.  I would like to thank those made the trip to Albany including representatives of the many community organizations that support Fort Drum as well as our troops, not only for taking part in the event, but more importantly for the sacrifices they make every day.”

As part of the event, Fort Drum’s Color Guard opened up the day’s Senate Session which also featured an address by Brigadier General Michael Howard, who spoke on behalf of Major General Stephen Townsend, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.  In his address, General Howard spoke about the unique relationship between Fort Drum and the North Country, citing the economic boost and employment opportunities the post provides as well as the community resources—namely hospitals and schools—that troops and their families utilize. 

March 18, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HOST 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION AND FORT DRUM DAY TUESDAY AT STATE CAPITOL

For the third consecutive year, State Senator Patty Ritchie will host 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day at the State Capitol on Tuesday.

The day-long event will celebrate the commanders and soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division for their ongoing role in our nation’s defense, as well as the post itself for the key role it plays in the region’s economy.

“Each and every day, the brave soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division make tremendous sacrifices to defend our freedom and I’m thrilled to once again have the opportunity to recognize the post and its troops,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 17, 2014
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Public Hearing: To discuss the New York Jobs for Heroes Program (S. 2803-B)

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
Chair: Senator Greg Ball
Public Hearing: To discuss the New York Jobs for Heroes Program (S. 2803-B)
Place: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, 7th Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Contact: Sara Ritz (518) 455-3111
Media Contact: Joe Bachmeier (845) 279-3773
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 10, 1:00 PM - 1:35 PM
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SENATOR KATHY MARCHIONE JOINS CHAIRMAN GREG BALL IN URGING PASSAGE OF “JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM

SENATOR KATHY MARCHIONE JOINS CHAIRMAN GREG BALL IN URGING PASSAGE OF “JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM
Bi-partisan legislation will create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled
veteran-owned small businesses in New York State

January 16, 2014
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New York Soldiers Serving in Kuwait

Three hundred soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, which includes soldiers from the armories in Dunkirk and Olean, were deployed to Kuwait in December.

The New York National Guard recently posted photos of our honorable service men and women during a helicopter refueling operation. Among those pictured doing us proud is Sgt. Nicolaw Smith of Olean.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyng/sets/72157639764040335

January 16, 2014
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LEGISLATION AIMS TO HELP VETS FIND JOBS

Senator Patty Ritchie spoke at a press conference on the need for incentives to encouarge businesses to hire disabled veterans. Senator Ritchie's district includes Fort Drum, the largest Army installation north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi River--home of the most deployed units in the US Army, with thousands of veterans returning to the states this year.

The district also includes more than 20,000 veterans from conflicts as far back as WWII.

January 15, 2014
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