Issues: Veterans

Woman of Distinction Dororthy Button Honored by State Senate

Ashford woman recognized for distinguished service and accomplishments 

OLEAN – A lifetime of service was recognized this weekend as Ashford’s Dorothy Button was honored and recognized for being a 2014 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) chose Mrs. Button as the 57th Senate District’s honoree because of her long and impressive record of accomplishments that include service in the U.S. Coast Guard, years of dedicated work on behalf of fellow veterans, and decades of volunteerism as a firefighter and EMT.

September 29, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin and Assemblyman Phil Ramos Host Sgt. Michael Esposito, Jr. Bridge Dedication Ceremony

BRENTWOOD-On Monday, September 29, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) and Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D, I, WFP-Brentwood) were joined by Congressman Peter King and Supervisor Tom Croci for a bridge dedication ceremony in honor of fallen hero, Sgt. Michael Esposito, Jr.

Sgt. Esposito proudly served his country in the United States Army. After September 11th, Sgt. Esposito re-enlisted. He was mortally wounded while clearing an anti-coalition force in the village of Miam Do in Afghanistan on March 18, 2004. He was the first soldier from Long Island to be killed in Afghanistan.

September 29, 2014
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Salamanca Veteran Honored with Awards for Military Service

For Release: Immediate, September 23, 2014

U.S. Army Sgt. Stanley J. Grochowina Recognized for Outstanding Service

SALAMANCA - For his outstanding record of military service during the Cold War era and his contributions to the protection of the United States and its NATO allies, United States Army veteran Sgt. Stanley J. Grochowina was presented with honorary military medals and ribbons on Saturday.

During a special ceremony at the Salamanca Veterans Memorial Park, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) presented Sergeant Grochowina with the official awards conferred upon those honorees worthy of their distinction.

September 23, 2014
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POW/MIA Recognition Day

Friday, September 19th, marks National POW/MIA Recognition Day.  

September 17, 2014
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THIS MONTH, A MAJOR MILESTONE FOR FORT DRUM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

September 15, 2014
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Senator Nozzolio addresses members of the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation

Macedon- Senator Mike Nozzolio recently addressed members of the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation to support their efforts to send three veterans to the 5th annual Upland NY Bird Hunt and Couples Retreat in Lyons, New York. The event features world-class outdoor sporting activities as a way to recognize and honor members of our military for their sacrifice and commitment to our Nation. The retreat promotes healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors. The three veterans are all recipients of the Purple Heart and have suffered traumatic injuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

September 8, 2014
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Grisanti Names Jason Jaskula “Veteran Of The Month”

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently named Jason Jaskula as the eighth recipient of his “Veteran of the Month” recognition program.

A resident of the Town of Hamburg who served in the Army with the 165th MP Company and later with Criminal Investigation Command at Fort Knox, Jaskula is the eighth recipient of a monthly honor presented by Senator Grisanti thanks to an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members who work in Grisanti’s veterans liaison office.

August 29, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Veterans at the 2014 Great New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the Veterans Ceremony at the 2014 Great New York Fair on August 28, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco, who is a veteran of the United States Air Force, recognized military members for their invaluable sacrifices and contributions to our county.  

August 28, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $185,000 TO SUPPORT ACTIVE DUTY TROOPS, VETERANS WITH PTSD

Funding Will Aid PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans, River Community Wellness Program

In an effort to support active duty military and veterans, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $185,000 to aid men and women suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat related illnesses. 

The special funding will be split between Watertown’s VETS Peer to Peer Outreach Center—an organization running the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans, which was established in part through a grant secured by Senator Ritchie—and Alexandria Bay’s River Community Wellness Program, based at River Hospital. 

“Our soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice, putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “Many troops who have served in combat zones return with wounds we cannot see and as a result, struggle with PTSD as they try to reacclimate themselves with life at home.”

August 26, 2014
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RITCHIE, FDRLO TEAM UP TO DELIVER MORE THAN 9,000 SIGNATURES IN SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM TO ARMY LEADERSHIP

Public Still Encouraged to Stand Up for the Post 

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION IN SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM***

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that through a collaborative effort with the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, more than 9,000 signatures and dozens of resolutions from local municipalities and organizations in support of Fort Drum have been delivered to Army leadership. 

Earlier this month, Senator Ritchie launched www.StandUpForFortDrum.com, a website where the public could sign a petition to show their support for the post. There, nearly 3,000 signatures were collected and then delivered to FDRLO to support the organization’s petition-gathering effort.

“Fort Drum is a vital part of our region, state and nation,” said Senator Ritchie.  “The signatures collected are a testament to our area’s desire to preserve and encourage further growth of the post, which each and every day has a significant, positive impact on our local economy, our nation’s security and our community as a whole.”

August 25, 2014
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RITCHIE CALLS ON ARMY LEADERSHIP TO PRESERVE FORT DRUM

Letter Cites Positive Economic, Community and Security Impacts of Post 

In light of potential troop reductions, State Senator Patty Ritchie expressed her support for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division in a letter sent today to Army leadership. 

The letter follows a proposal by the Army to assess the impact of reducing troop levels to numbers not seen since the beginning of World War II.  Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine, which supports thousands of jobs and pumps roughly $1.4 billion into the local economy annually.

In the letter, Senator Ritchie cited the post’s significant economic impact on Central and Northern New York, as well as the state as a whole:

“Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s economic value to New York State, Northern and Central New York is well-documented and clearly described in annual Economic Impact Statements issued by the post: $1.2 billion in payroll, more than $100 million in locally sourced contracts for construction and other services, and a total positive economic impact on our region of $1.4 billion a year,” said the letter.

August 22, 2014
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Stavisky, Mets Honor WWII Veteran Leonard Merer on his 90th Birthday

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) presents an official Senate proclamation to World War II veteran and devoted Mets fan Lenny Merer on Friday night to commemorate his 90th birthday and his selection as the Mets’ Veteran of the Night.

 

August 19, 2014
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Senator Michael Gianaris Inducts Queensbridge Resident Into Veteran's Hall of Fame

Senator Michael Gianaris honored World War II veteran, Queensbridge resident and community fixture John D. Smith Sr. as an inductee into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame, which is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by service to their communities. Senator Gianaris presented Mr. Smith with a commemorative plaque at the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement house in Queensbridge Houses.

August 15, 2014
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Federal legislation honoring fallen Dundee soldier signed into law

Last summmer, Senator O'Mara was privileged to have the opportunity, together with Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, to secure the enactment of a new law naming 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.”

August 13, 2014
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August 11, 2014
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WILL YOU STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM?

WILL YOU STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

Living in Upstate New York, it’s hard to imagine life without Fort Drum.  It’s soldiers are not only defenders of our freedom, they—and their families—are our friends, coworkers and neighbors.  In addition, the post also has an unparalleled positive impact on our region, supporting thousands of jobs and pumping roughly $1.4 billion into our economy annually. 

Currently, the military is studying what would happen if it cut 16,000 soldiers and civilians from Fort Drum.  In light of possible reductions, I’m teaming with local leaders and organizations, like the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization (FDRLO) to gather support for the post. 

August 11, 2014
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August 7, 2014 ~ National Purple Heart Recognition Day

Today, August 7, 2014, is National Purple Heart Recognition Day.

Senator O'Mara said it's a day to honor all of those who have served and continue to stand in defense of our nation.

August 7, 2014
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National Purple Heart Day is August 7th

Today is National Purple Heart Recognition Day – a day that provides every American with a  moment to reflect on the heroic actions of those who protect our way of life.  These brave men and women deserve our deep appreciation every day for their selfless efforts. 

Days like today are a great reminder of their sacrifice and I would like to say thank you to each and every one of our servicemembers – those currently serving and those who have served in the past – for their dedication to our nation.

August 7, 2014
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RITCHIE LAUNCHES PETITION IN SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM

Teams with FDRLO, Local Leaders as Army Considers Possible Troop Reductions 

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is teaming with the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization (FDRLO) and other local leaders to urge people to stand up for Fort Drum by signing an online petition launched today at www.StandUpForFortDrum.com

The petition follows a proposal by the Army to assess the impact of reducing troop levels to numbers not seen since the beginning of World War II.  Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine, which supports thousands of jobs and pumps roughly $1.4 billion into the local economy annually. 

“Ft. Drum is a huge part of the North Country—it’s a major job-creator, a significant part of our economy and its troops and their families are not only defenders of our freedom, they are also our friends and neighbors,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m joining forces with the FDRLO and local leaders to help send a clear message to the Army that Fort Drum is a vital part of our region, our state and our nation.  Our community has welcomed Fort Drum and now, we need to stand together to show our continued support and eagerness to help the post grow and succeed.”

August 6, 2014
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RITCHIE JOINS ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING VETERANS

Takes Part in First Meeting of “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs”

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined today with fellow members of the Council of State Governments “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs” to discuss ways to improve services and outreach to veterans and active members of our nation’s military. 

The discussion was the first for the group, which is tasked with identifying key issues facing veterans and  includes legislators and state officials from across the country.

“As the State Senator representing Fort Drum, I make it a priority to look out for the 18,000 soldiers, 20,000 family members and nearly 3,000 veterans who call our region home,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 5, 2014
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