Issues: Veterans

Forum/Town Hall: Senator Bill Perkins | 2nd Annual Veterans Resource Fair In Harlem

On August 19th, 2015, in collaboration with Harlem Vet Center, Samaritan Village, CUNY- BMCC, Manhattan Legal Services, NY Metro Vets, and Home Depot, Senator Perkins will proudly hosting the 2nd Annual Veterans Resource Fair in Harlem, which, in addition to presenting speakers in the realm of Veterans Affairs, will also include a panel on key issues confronting veterans. The Fair is being structured to provide information on a wide range of issues concerning our veteran population, and it will begin at  9:00 AM and end at approximately 3:00 PM.  Please see additional details in our flyer, attached below, in both Spanish and English.  

 

August 19, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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HIGHWAY IN GUILDERLAND DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF TODD J. CLARK

Today, Senator George Amedore, Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, and other local officials joined with the Clark family to dedicate a portion of Rt. 146 in Guilderland as the "Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway." Lt. Colonel Clark was a Guilderland native killed in the line of duty while serving overseas in 2013.

July 15, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC PRESENTS PURPLE HEART FLAG TO TOWN OF WALLKILL VETERAN MICHAEL P. CODY

Senator  Bonacic recently presented Michael P. Cody, a U.S. Army Veteran from the Town of Wallkill with a Purple Heart Flag today, at the Purple Heart Memorial Park in the Town of Wallkill. Cody, an Army Veteran who was wounded in combat during the Vietnam War, was awarded a Purple Heart for his meritorious service in that conflict. Earlier this year, Michael Cody was honored as Senator Bonacic’s 2015 NY Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame nominee.

July 10, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON FORT DRUM ANNOUNCEMENT

Pat yourself on the back because we did it! Today’s announcement on the future of Fort Drum represents a tremendous victory for the North Country and Upstate New York.

Tens of thousands of citizens joined with leaders of government at every level—and from every corner of New York State—to rally to Fort Drum’s side. This unprecedented effort caught the attention of Army planners, and it worked.

July 9, 2015
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO PROTECT FORT DRUM, STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

Investments Highlight Strong Army-North Country Partnership

July 7, 2015
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Senator David Carlucci Honors 4 Rockland County Veterans

Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) honored four Rockland County veterans who have been inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. Alan Moskin, Frank Morea, Charlie Maushardt, Bill Mahan received medals from Senator Carlucci for their military service and commitment to Rockland County.

 

July 7, 2015
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RITCHIE TO ANNOUNCE NEW ROUND OF STATE FUNDING TO HELP PROTECT FUTURE OF FORT DRUM

State Senator Patty Ritchie on Tuesday will announce new funding for area health care and other investment to strengthen the partnership between Fort Drum and local communities, and help protect the future of the post, Upstate New York’s largest employer.

The investments are from a special fund that Senator Ritchie helped create, along with her Senate colleagues, in this year’s State Budget to help protect New York military installations, including Fort Drum, from federal cutbacks.

July 6, 2015
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Ortt, Walmart Present WNY Warriors Flight With $20,000 Grant

Senator Says Funds Will Make Trip Possible for Many WWII and Korean War Veterans

North Tonawanda, NY – The Western New York Warriors Flight received a grant of $20,000 from the Walmart Foundation today as part of both organizations’ commitments to serving our nation’s heroes. New York State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) and Walmart officials awarded the grant to the WNY Warriors Flight at a ceremony held at the North Tonawanda Walmart store. This grant will help to provide local veterans with the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II memorial, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, as well as Arlington National Cemetery.

July 2, 2015
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Murphy's laws: Governor signs bills to honor Hudson Valley service members killed in action

ALBANY, NY - Earlier today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation sponsored by New York State Senator Terrence Murphy which would rename portions of the state highway system and a bridge in honor of two Hudson Valley service members who died in the service of their nation.

July 2, 2015
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Senator Ortt's "End of Session" Week in Review

In late June, the state Legislature finished up a lengthy and unpredictable session in Albany with a broad overall agreement on many legislative issues. With such a diverse state, regionally and politically, Senator Ortt said it was challenging to get all parties to reach an agreement. Ortt said he's encouraged that the Senate was able to come to a settlement with the Governor and Assembly, while still fighting for Western New York. To learn more about these issues, take a moment to watch Senator Ortt's Week in Review.

July 2, 2015
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Ortt, VFW Dedicate Highway Sign Honoring Youngstown Veterans

On Monday, State Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) and members of the VFW Lake Ontario Post 313 in Youngstown honored and memorialized all Youngstown veterans who have served overseas with a sign along Route 93/Lockport Road. The sign designates a portion of Route 93 as the “Youngstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Highway.”

Front row from left to right: 
Village of Youngstown Mayor Raleigh Reynolds; Senator Rob Ortt; Village of Youngstown Deputy Mayor Tim Lockhart; VFW Post 313 Commander Gary Zanardi; VFW Post 313 Member John MacArthur
Back row from left to right: 
VFW Post 313 Members David Tittle, Ralph Borelli, Duwayne Brabec, Ed Jackson

 

June 22, 2015
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Senator Ortt’s Bill Eases Burden on Veterans Who Need Prosthetics

Bill Would Require Health Insurers to Include Coverage for Prosthetic Devices 

ALBANY - The New York State Senate last night passed legislation sponsored by Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) that would ensure wounded veterans get the medical services they need after serving our country. The bill (S.5943) would cover the cost of prosthetic devices for members of the armed forces who suffered injuries while on active duty. Veterans would now have the option of going through their health insurance provider for prosthetics.

June 18, 2015
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Bill Passes the NYS Senate to Save Veterans Organizations Crumbling Structures

Senator Phil Boyle’s Legislation to make Veterans Organizations eligible for grants to save deteriorating facilities passed the Senate today

June 17, 2015
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SENATOR LARKIN PASSES NEW VETERAN’S SERVICE CREDIT BILL

The New York State Senate today passed new legislation (S5937) dealing with service credit for our veterans. This bill is different from the previously passed legislation (S4124) which passed the Senate unanimously earlier this session.

The previous bill had an appropriation of $31.5 million and this bill has an appropriation of $24.8 million. According to the Assembly sponsor of this bill, the $24.8 million estimate was provided by the division of the budget.

“I will continue to do all that is asked of me in support of this legislation,” said Senator Bill Larkin (R,C – Cornwall-On-Hudson). “Regardless of where and when our veterans have served they are owed this debt of gratitude.”

June 17, 2015
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SERINO FIGHTS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS

SERINO FIGHTS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION FOR VETERANS

Bill To Create MTA Half-Fare Rate Program for Vets Passes Senate

ALBANY, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) today announced that her bill to create a half-fare program for veterans utilizing services provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) passed in the Senate.

“Our veterans have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedoms and for that, they deserve not only our respect, but also our gratitude,” said Senator Serino.

June 17, 2015
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Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele Pass Legislation to Create Local Option to Increase Maximum Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans

Albany, June 17, 2015 – Senator Ken LaValle, (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr.

June 17, 2015
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Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Senator Rob Ortt talks about the events he took part in across Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties. He also mentions people he's met with to discuss issues and recaps his legislation that recently passed in the New York State Senate. 

June 12, 2015
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June 11, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young - May 9, 2015

During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," the Senator discussed her support for a permanent extension of the property tax cap. The property tax cap has saved Western New Yorkers approximately $450 million since it was implemented four years ago. The Senator also shares some additional efforts she has put forward to reduce the tax burden on local residents and ease the mandated costs incurred in municipal and school budgets.

 

Senator Young also discussed Renee’s Law and Kendra’s Laws, two pieces of legislation she sponsors, that passed the state Senate this week.

 

June 10, 2015
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Senator Young Dedicates Highway To Honor Local Veterans

Legislation passed by the Senate will designate portions of State Route 15A in Livingston County to honor local veterans

 

ALBANY – Paying tribute to veterans in Livingston County, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) passed legislation this week that will designate portions of State Route 15A as the Springwater Veterans Memorial Highway and the Livonia Veterans Memorial Highway.

 

This nearly nine mile stretch of the highway will now serve as a salute to American service members, past and present, hailing from the Towns of Springwater and Livonia and remind travelers of the sacrifices made on their behalf.

 

June 9, 2015
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