Issues: Troops

RITCHIE MEETS WITH VETS, DISCUSSES PFC. JOSEPH DWYER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently took part in Mental Health Awareness Day in Albany recently, speaking to veterans advocates and urging continued funding of the Pfc. Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans. 

Advocating for mental health services for veterans, Senator Patty Ritchie addressed the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) at the Association's annual legislative lobby day rally in Albany.

March 18, 2013
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RITCHIE NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR “VETERANS HALL OF FAME”

Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties Invited to Participate

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations from veterans’ posts, family members and community leaders in Central and Northern New York for induction in the New York State Senate’s "Veterans Hall of Fame” program.

The online 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.

March 15, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco's Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive Raises a Record Amount - Thanks to the Support of the CNY Community

On February 1, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco officially wrapped up his 2013 Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive to benefit our deployed soldiers.  Senator DeFrancisco announced that his office collected 1,500 donated cell phones this season- a record amount!   These phones will provide nearly 6,000 hours of free talk time to soldiers stationed around the world. 

Senator DeFranciso is grateful to the Central New York community for its overwhelming support.  He also thanks all of the local businesses, schools and organizations that served as his designated collection sites.  These sites were expanded into Auburn, Fayetteville and Manlius this season:

February 1, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Bipartisan Group of Senators Propose Tax Credit for Local Businesses Hiring Young Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates amongst New York’s returning combat veterans, Independent Democratic Conference Leader and Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, alongside fellow IDC member Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland), Republican Senator Greg Ball (R-Putnam) and a bipartisan group of Senators from across New York, introduced legislation today to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.”

January 29, 2013
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Senator David Valesky Co-sponsors Legislation to Enact Veterans Hiring Tax Credit to Boost Statewide Economy and Reduce High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates among New York’s returning combat veterans, Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) is co-sponsoring legislation  (S.3043) to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.” 

January 29, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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SENATOR RITCHIE, FORT DRUM TROOPS MAKE HOLIDAY VISIT TO OSWEGO CHILD BATTLING CANCER

Julian Ross Made Honorary “Sergeant” by 10th Mountain Division Soldiers

State Senator Patty Ritchie, along with members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division, on Tuesday visited the home of Julian Ross, an Oswego County second grader who has been battling cancer for more than a year.

Utilizing her close ties with Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, Senator Ritchie arranged the visit after learning of seven year-old Julian’s fascination with all-things military.

December 18, 2012
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PFC JOSEPH DWYER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Veteran Outreach Made Possible Through Grant Secured by Senator Ritchie

Returning veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat related illnesses can now get care through a new peer-support program located in Jefferson County. 

The PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans—located at 247 State Street in Watertown—was made possible in part through a grant secured by State Senator Patty Ritchie. 

December 7, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Announces His Annual Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive

On December 7, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco kicked off his fifth annual Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive.  He is pictured at his district office with Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Darville and Public Affairs Specialist Jacqueline Wren of the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion. 

December 7, 2012
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICKS OFF HIS FIFTH ANNUAL CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS COLLECTION DRIVE

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), a United States Air Force veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to donate their used cellular phones to his annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. Today, (12/7/12) Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Darville and Public Affairs Specialist Jacqueline Wren of the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion, joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference in Syracuse to discuss the importance of helping our military families stay connected.

“I am always proud to support our brave men and women in uniform, who are making tremendous sacrifices to serve our country,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

December 7, 2012
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CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW YORKERS SEND MORE THAN 2,200 HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO TROOPS

Senator Ritchie Partners with Radio Host, American Red Cross for ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’

Central and Northern New Yorkers have donated more than 2,200 holiday cards to State Senator Patty Ritchie’s offices for distribution to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations around the world through the American Red Cross program “Holiday Mail for Heroes.” 

Earlier this holiday season, Senator Ritchie partnered with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to enlist the public’s support for  the initiative.   

December 4, 2012
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LISBON STUDENTS GET CRAFTY WITH CARDS FOR ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’ PROGRAM

Nearly 1,000 Holiday Greetings Collected

Throughout Central, Northern New York So Far

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Lisbon Central School Wednesday to collect handmade holiday cards from students in Jane Brown-Flack’s second grade class who took part in the American Red Cross’ ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ program. 

Senator Ritchie is partnering with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to urge the public to support ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes,’ which helps to deliver tens of thousands of holiday greetings every year to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations. 

So far, nearly 1,000 holiday greetings have been donated from as far away as Missouri, as well as schools and veterans posts in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

November 28, 2012
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'Hundreds fill Corning football stadium for funeral service with full military honors'

Funeral services were held yesterday for Army Spc. Ryan P. Jayne -- a fallen American hero killed in action earlier this month and brought home to Steuben County this week.

From the Elmira Star-Gazette: 'Hundreds fill Corning football stadium for funeral service with full military honors'

November 15, 2012
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November 13, 2012
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Senator Jeff Klein to Host Jobs Fair for Veterans on Wednesday, November 14th at the Hutchinson Metro Center in The Bronx

The Bronx, NY – On Wednesday, November 14th at the Hutchinson Metro Center at 1200 Waters Place in The Bronx, NY, Senator Klein will host a job fair exclusively for our nation’s veterans. At the event, over 30 New York and Bronx based employers will reach out to veterans about current openings at their company or institution. To maximize the use of each veteran’s time, Senator Klein has only invited those employers who currently have job opportunities available and are actively seeking to employ our returning vets.

November 9, 2012
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Statement from Sen. O'Mara on Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne -- Governor Cuomo directs flags to be flown at half-staff today in honor of fallen soldiers

Corning, N.Y., November 7—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on the death of U.S. Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne of Steuben County, who was one of three upstate New York soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, November 3, 2012:

“Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Army Specialist Ryan P. Jayne.  Ryan made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country admirably and courageously.  I know that I join the residents of Steuben County and our entire region in mourning Ryan’s passing and in expressing our enduring gratitude and respect for his service, and the sacrifice and service of his fellow soldiers.”   

November 7, 2012
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