Issues: Troops

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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Senator Dean Skelos and The New York State Senate Salute New York's Veterans

Senator Dean Skelos and The New York State Senate Salute New York's Veterans.

 

Click here to view the NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

November 5, 2012
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RITCHIE PARTNERING WITH RADIO HOST, AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’

Asks Public To Donate Christmas Cards For Troops

State Senator Patty Ritchie is partnering with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to urge the public to support the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross.

October 22, 2012
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Honor Flight Wraps up 2012 Season

On Sunday, October 21st, I had the privilege to welcome home World War II veterans at the Greater Rochester International Airport from their Honor Flight. Honor Flight flies veterans to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. This was the 26th such trip. For more information on this great organization, visit their website at http://honorflightrochester.org/.

October 22, 2012
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RITCHIE HEARS WARTIME MEMORIES FROM DECORATED WWII VET

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently sat down with Jefferson County WWII veteran Andy Cambron, to take a look at his many accolades and hear about the experiences he had as a member of the US Army. 

October 19, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE HONORS CENTRAL NEW YORK ‘HOMETOWN HEROES’

Medal of Honor Display Now Featured at Half-Shire Historical Society

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Central New York veterans at a special reception for  her Hometown Heroes Medal of Honor display, which is now being featured at the Half-Shire Historical Society in Richland.

The traveling display—which was created as part of the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln establishing the award—features the more than 45 local individuals who have received our nation’s highest military honor for their service in America’s armed forces. 

October 12, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS MILITARY VETERANS FOR PHEASANT HUNT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently joined military veterans for a pheasant hunt at the Basswoods Lodge and Hunting Preserve in Rensselaer Falls.  The 3rd annual free event was sponsored by several area businesses.   

October 12, 2012
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Cell Phones for Soldiers Program- Amityville

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will once again be sponsoring a “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program to benefit our troops serving overseas at two locations on Saturday, October 13th, 2012.

     Residents with outdated or unwanted cell phones can donate them at either Amityville Village Hall (21 Ireland Place, Amityville) or the Bellmore Train Station (northwest corner of Sunrise Highway and Centre Avenue, Bellmore) on October 13th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Participating in the program is easy; residents can simply drive up, drop off their unwanted cell phones, and drive away.

October 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Cell Phones for Soldiers Program- Bellmore

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will once again be sponsoring a “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program to benefit our troops serving overseas at two locations on Saturday, October 13th, 2012.

     Residents with outdated or unwanted cell phones can donate them at either Amityville Village Hall (21 Ireland Place, Amityville) or the Bellmore Train Station (northwest corner of Sunrise Highway and Centre Avenue, Bellmore) on October 13th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Participating in the program is easy; residents can simply drive up, drop off their unwanted cell phones, and drive away.

October 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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PTSD PROGRAM FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY VETS TO LAUNCH IN NOVEMBER

Senator Ritchie Secures Funds for Program Named to Honor “9-11 Vet” 

September 11, 2012
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RITCHIE TEAMS WITH HISTORIANS TO HONOR ‘HOMETOWN HEROES’

Exhibits in Jefferson, Oswego, St. Lawrence Counties Highlights Region’s Rich History of Soldiers Who Gained USA’s Top Military Honor

August 24, 2012
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HEROES OF OUR HOMETOWNS

Channel 7's Katie Alexander reports on my new Hometown Heroes exhibit featuring 15 of the 45 area residents who have received the USA's top military decoration for valor--the Medal of Honor.

The exhibit is taking place at the Jefferson County Historical Society, the St. Lawrence County Historical Society, Madrid's Heritage Days, and coming soon to Oswego County.

See the full display now by clicking here.

August 23, 2012
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Brighton Chamber of Commerce Memorial Stone Dedication

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at the dedication ceremony at the Twelve Corners Memorial Stone in Brighton. Herb Ross, who was a vital part of the Brighton community for so many years, received the honor of having his name added to the memorial stone. I had the pleasure of working with Herb throughout the years, both on my staff and in other capacities. Herb passed away earlier this year. He was a Korean War Army veteran who also served afterward in the Army Reserve, attaining the rank of major. He volunteered for six decades at Temple B’rith Kodesh and twice served as president of the Brighton Chamber of Commerce. Herb also worked for a long time at Daw Drug Co., then as an insurance agent. I am pictured with my daughter and members of Herb's family.

July 4, 2012
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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS 'CERJAN HIGHWAY' BILL

New Connector Road to be Named in Honor of Fort Drum Soldier

July 3, 2012
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RITCHIE’S ‘VOICES OF AMERICA’ PROJECT IS MAKING HISTORY

Local Veterans Memories to be Made Part of State Archives

July 3, 2012
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June 21, 2012
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HONORING THE NORTH COUNTRY'S PARTNERSHIP WITH FORT DRUM

Senator Ritchie Joins Local Leaders to Sign the “Army Community Covenant”State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Army, national, state and local leaders for the signing of the “Army Community Covenant,” at a ceremony held at Watertown’s Salmon Run Mall.Created in 2008 by the Secretary of the Army, the Army Community Covenant program was designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families. Today’s Community Covenant renewal signing ceremony symbolized our community’s commitment to our local military here at Ft. Drum

June 16, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MILITARY IMAGES

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced legislation that would make it a crime to use the name, image, or likeness of any current or former member of the armed forces or state militia for commercial purposes without permission, passed the New York state Senate on June 13, 2012. 

“There have been numerous incidents where the names of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been used without concern for the solider or the soldier’s family,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “Our military members, veterans and their families have made tremendous sacrifices for our country, and it is essential that we respect their privacy.”

June 14, 2012
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