Issues: Troops

'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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RITCHIE COSPONSORS “NY JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM

Measure to Expand Business Opportunities for Veterans 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she is cosponsoring a measure that supports the brave men and women of our armed forces by giving preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE SPEAKING ABOUT THE BILL

The measure, (S.2803-B) also known as the “NY Jobs for Heroes” program, is an initiative that would amend the executive law to require state agencies to set a goal of awarding 3 percent of contracts to businesses that are owned by service-disabled veterans. 

“After traveling the world in support of our country, many of our veterans decide to settle in New York State—especially in the region that surrounds Fort Drum,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Service-disabled veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice in putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom.  The very least we can do to recognize them for their contributions is to stand with them and provide them with the support they need to succeed in their post-military life.”

January 14, 2014
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RITCHIE ATTENDS DEPLOYMENT CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fort Drum recently, to attend a deployment ceremony for roughly 1,000 10th Mountain Division headquarters and sustainment brigade soldiers. The ceremony marked the beginning of a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.  

(Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend)

January 13, 2014
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MORE THAN 7,800 CHRISTMAS CARDS COLLECTED FOR "HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES" PROGRAM

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has collected more than 7,800 cards to be sent to US soldiers through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross. 

Cards—which were donated by schools, local businesses, community groups, and individuals as well as County Clerk’s offices—will be distributed to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations. 

December 3, 2013
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Help Send Holiday Cheer To Our Servicemen & Women

ONEONTA, 11/25/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that his three district offices will serve as drop off points for holiday cards to be sent to service members as part of the American Red Cross 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

“Sending a holiday card to a serviceman or woman is a simple, yet warmhearted way to deliver a personal thank you for the sacrifices they make to defend our freedoms year-round,” said Senator Seward. “I am extremely pleased to take part in this program and privileged that I can help facilitate this effort.”

Holiday cards may be dropped off at any of Senator Seward’s three district offices:

• 41 South Main Street, Oneonta;

November 26, 2013
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World War II veterans honored by Senator O'Brien

FAIRPORT, N.Y. -- Two local veterans of the Second World War who were inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame earlier this year were recognized by Senator O'Brien at the Perinton Memorial VFW Post 8495, the home of "Freedom Hill."

Bob Nolan of the Army and Lyle Dupra of the Naval Armed Guard and Navy were recognized for their service.  Dupra is also a veteran of the Korean conflict, while Nolan later had a long career with the Central Intelligence Agency.

November 25, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICKS OFF HIS SIXTH ANNUAL COLLECTION DRIVE FOR CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco,  a United States Air Force veteran, has kicked off his sixth annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers.  At a press conference on November 25th, Senator DeFrancisco was joined by Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Col. Hugh Darville and Staff Sgt.

November 25, 2013
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