Issues: Troops

STARS, STRIPES AND A SALUTE TO OUR NATION

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

This week, many people will join friends and family members to fire up the grill, load up the cooler, and find that perfect spot to watch a spectacle in the sky for the Fourth of July holiday. But, the Fourth is so much more than cookouts and fireworks displays.  It’s a chance to salute our nation—as well as those who defend it. 

This year, our nation will celebrate its 237th birthday.  It was on July 4th 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, declaring the 13 colonies a free nation.  If you’d like to read the document for yourself, you can request a copy by clicking here.

July 1, 2013
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Senator Boyle Sponsors Cell Phone For Soldiers Collection

Senator Phil Boyle Has Partnered With Cell Phones For Soldiers To Provide Troops With Free Calls Home Senator Phil Boyle and nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking community residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 290,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, community members can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.-    On Saturday, June, 29, 2013, community members can bring their used cell phones to the American Legion Hall 94, 22 Grove Place in Babylon from 10:00AM until 1:00PM. 

June 29, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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STATEMENT ON THE ARMY’S TROOP RESTRUCTURING ANNOUNCEMENT

There is still more to be learned about the Army’s troop restructuring plan and its full effect on Fort Drum and surrounding North Country communities, but one thing is clear: our region will be impacted from the loss of troops, their families and civilian employees at the post, and in surrounding communities.

The potential for additional, even deeper cuts as a result of inaction on the federal budget, referenced repeatedly during the Army’s Pentagon announcement, raises even greater concerns, and makes today’s news a strong wake up call for Congress to act.

June 25, 2013
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SENATE OK’S BILL TO GIVE CAPITOL FLAG TO FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES

Ritchie Cosponsors Bill Inspired By, Named For Slain Fort Drum Officer

The State Senate today approved a bill cosponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to create the “Lt. Colonel Todd Clark Memorial Flag Presentment Program.”

June 20, 2013
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State Legislature approves O'Mara-Palmesano legislation to designate 'Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway' in honor of fallen local soldier

Albany, N.Y., June 19—The New York State Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) to designate a portion of  State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.” 

June 19, 2013
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SENATE HONORS FALLEN FORT DRUM OFFICER TODD CLARK

 

Moving Tribute to Soldier Who Was Part of Ritchie’s 2012 ‘Fort Drum Day’ at the Capitol

Members of the State Senate honored a fallen hero Tuesday, one day after the body of Lt. Col. Todd Clark was returned to his Albany hometown.

June 18, 2013
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MARTINS WELCOMED TO ARMED FORCES DAY BY SEWANHAKA HIGH SCHOOL BAND

State Senator Jack Martins was welcomed to Armed Forces Day by the members of the Sewanhaka High School Band. The band plays a collection of military favorites and patriotic themes throughout the ceremony to highlight all armed services and community members who are serving. As part of the ceremony, Senator Martins thanked all Veterans and the families of those who are serving in the United States military. During his comments, Senator Martins highlighted some special reflections shared with him by those who are currently serving overseas. Pictured with Senator Martins is Sewanhaka High School Senior Robert Dowling.

June 14, 2013
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LIVINGSTON COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE UNANIMOUSLY

Gallivan Bill Seeks To Designate Part Of Route 20A In Honor Of Area Vets

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4752 - Gallivan) to designate a portion of State Route 20A in Livingston County as the “Livingston County Veterans Memorial Highway.” The portion to be designated begins at State Route 20A’s intersection with Route I-390 and continues west to Livingston County’s border with Wyoming County.

June 13, 2013
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MARTINS THANKS MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM FOR SERVICE AT SOUTH FLORAL ARMED FORCES DAY

State Senator Jack Martins participated in South Floral Park's annual "Armed Forces Day" hosted by Mayor Geoffrey Prime and the Village Board. The ceremony is held to honor and thank those men and women in uniform who are currently serving our country in the armed forces. Senator Martins was welcomed to the ceremony by Herbie Mickens and Eric Spinner.

June 13, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Honors Astoria Resident and WWII Hero

I presented lifelong Astoria resident and World War II hero Robert (Bob) Danke with his official plaque and poster signifying his induction into the New York State Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame. Bob is a true American hero and I was proud to join him and his family to commemorate the services he rendered his country.

Check out this Queens Tribune article for more details on Bob's heroic service.

June 11, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Speaking at the Elmsford Memorial Day Ceremony

Leader Stewart-Cousins spent her morning at Elmsford's 83rd Annual Memorial Day Parade & Service, speaking at the ceremony to honor the courage and sacrifice of the brave men and women who died fighting for the great nation we live in.

May 30, 2013
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Paying Tribute to Our Members of the Military

Senator John DeFrancisco saw this video and wanted to share it with his constituents. 

May 29, 2013
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HONORING OUR HEROES THIS MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day may be a time where we enjoy quality time with friends and family, but we must never forget that those privileges have been fought for and defended by countless heroes, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

Without them and their selfless dedication, none of what we are so lucky to have in America would be possible.

May 24, 2013
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May 21, 2013
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FORT DRUM’S COL. TERRENCE ROCHE NAMED TO SENATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Col. Terrence Roche, the ex-Garrison Commander who oversaw the dramatic growth of Fort Drum from a small training facility into a premier Army post—and the region’s largest local employer—was inducted into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” at a special ceremony held Tuesday at the Capitol.

Col. Roche was selected from among 29 nominees from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties as Senator Patty Ritchie’s inductee. To read more about Col. Roche and this year's other inductees, click here.

May 21, 2013
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SENATOR GALLIVAN INDUCTS ALDEN WOMAN INTO NEW YORK STATE SENATE VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME

Sgt. Marlene Roll Receives One Of New York State’s Highest Honors

ALBANY– Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) honored Alden resident, Sergeant Marlene Roll, today by inducting the Gulf War veteran into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Sgt. Roll was officially inducted today along with fellow veterans from across the state in a special ceremony held at the State Capitol.

May 21, 2013
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10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION AND FORT DRUM DAY CELEBRATED AT THE CAPITOL

 

2nd Annual Event Hosted by Senator Patty Ritchie

Members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division were honored Monday at “10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day,” an event held at the State Capitol, hosted by Senator Patty Ritchie.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF FORT DRUM DAY EVENT

The second annual event celebrated 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.

May 20, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Leslie Reichardt for His Military Service

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had the pleasure of presenting Leslie Reichardt, Lt. Col, USAF Retired, a WW II veteran, with a certificate of appreciation on Armed Forces Day.  The CNY Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America held a dinner meeting on May 18, 2013, at which Senator DeFrancisco presented the certificate and spoke about legislation to better protect and support active military members and veterans.

May 20, 2013
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