Issues: Veterans

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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Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Sgt. Donald Fida as His Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree

Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized World War II combat veterans, and Syracuse resident, as his 2015 Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree during a special ceremony in Albany on <ay 19, 2015.  The following is a video that shows highlights from the day.  

June 5, 2015
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TOWN OF WALLKILL HOSTS CELEBRATION FOR 2015 NY SENATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE MICHAEL CODY

(Middletown, NY)- The Town of Wallkill held a special ceremony this afternoon for town employee Michael P. Cody who was recently honored by Senator Bonacic as his 2015 NY Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee. Bonacic presented Cody with a framed bio-board that hung in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Several of Mr. Cody’s co-workers were on hand to celebrate his honor.

June 5, 2015
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Senator Venditto Commemorates the 71st Anniversary of D-Day

Saturday, June 6th, marks the 71st anniversary of D-Day. Please join me in pausing to remember this historic event and the sacrifices of the many military members that stormed the beaches that fateful day.

D-Day history from the History Channel

 

June 5, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS INDUCTS D-DAY HEROES FROM MINEOLA INTO SENATE’S VETERANS HALL OF FAME

     Photo caption: Senator Martins (second left) congratulates Tom Scardino (seated left) and Ray Vaz (seated right) on their induction into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame. Family and friends joined them at the event. 

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) today inducted D-Day veterans Thomas Scardino and Raymond Vaz into the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The two Army veterans, both of whom are from Mineola, were named to the Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame by Senator Martins.

June 5, 2015
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'The eyes of the world are upon you' ~ D-Day, June 6, 1944 ~ Our nation remembers

"You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle."

-- General Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 6, 1944

In remembrance of all those who served, and sacrificed.

June 5, 2015
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June 5, 2015
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $185,000 FOR RIVER HOSPITAL AND WATERTOWN PTSD SUPPORT PROGRAMS

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

June 4, 2015
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Senator Sue Serino Helps Unveil Purple Heart Monument

CARMEL, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) joined countless community members in Carmel on Saturday, May 30, 2015, to help the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council and the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency unveil their much anticipated Purple Heart Monument. Putnam County was the first in New York to earn the distinction of ‘Purple Heart County’ and has erected a monument in the Veterans’ Park to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

June 2, 2015
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Discusses the Final Weeks of Legislative Session Agenda on Your Voice

On this program of Your Voice, I talk about the bills and policy measures that will be negotiated during the final three weeks of Legislative Session. I also explain my efforts to ensure that the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan will provide ratepayers with safe, reliable energy.

Finally on the program, I provide more details about legislation that would allow pension service credit buyback for certain veterans.

 

 

June 2, 2015
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Sen. Ortt's Week in Review

During this Week in Review segment, Senator Orttas talks about some of the work he's been doing in Albany and the events he took part in over the Memorial Day weekend.

June 1, 2015
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