Issues: Veterans

Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Veterans Legal Clinic, Cell Phones For Soldiers and His Legislative Questionnaire on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how a new Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University will make an impact. He also talks about the success of his annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive, and he details the input he's receiving from a legislative questionnaire that he mailed to constituents.  

January 23, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses SU Legal Clinic and His Legislative Questionnaire on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how a new Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University will make an impact. He also talks about his annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive, and he details the input he's receiving from a legislative questionnaire that was mailed to his constituents. 

January 23, 2015
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PUBLIC DONATES MORE THAN 1,100 MOBILE PHONES TO SENATOR DEFRANCISCO’S SEVENTH ANNUAL CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS COLLECTION DRIVE

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to announce that his 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive has resulted in more than 1,100 mobile phones. Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank the Central New York community for again answering the call to help support this important cause! 

January 16, 2015
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Senator Terrence Murphy today highlighted that the Westchester County Veterans Service Agency is updating the plaques on the County's Korean Veterans War Monument

Senator Terrence Murphy today highlighted that the Westchester County Veterans Service Agency is updating the plaques on the County's Korean Veterans War Monument. It is located in Lasdon Park on Route 35 in Katonah.

January 16, 2015
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New Law: "Hire a Veteran" Tax Credit

Starting this year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.

January 15, 2015
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Senator David Carlucci Announces "Valentine's for Veterans"

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Senator David Carlucci, in collaboration with the Rockland County Veterans Service Agency, will be organizing a “Valentine’s for Veterans” Program.

“During any holiday, it’s important that we remember our veterans, and work together to ensure  our heroes are thanked for their service,” said Senator Carlucci. “The ‘Valentine’s for Veterans’ program is a great way to bring our community together, while making a difference in the lives of veterans. I’m looking forward to working with our students, volunteers and seniors to make this a successful and special event.”

January 14, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Opening of the Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University College of Law

Syracuse University College of Law has opened the first comprehensive veterans legal clinic in New York state, providing free legal assistance to veterans facing issues relateed to their veteran and military status.

The Veterans Legal Clinic officially opened on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, with a special event at Dineen Hall.  Syracuse Law alumni Tom Caruso, L’14, and Josh Keefe, L’14, who are pictured with Senator John A. DeFrancisco, helped create the clinic. Their efforts began as first year law students, when they met and founded the student group VISION (Veterans Issues, Support Initiative and Outreach Network) and also created Valor Day where veterans can obtain a range of free professional services. 

January 8, 2015
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NEW SUPPORT FOR SOLDIERS IN 2015

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

January 5, 2015
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In memory of Donald O. Bosket of Steuben County, the county's last known survivor of Pearl Harbor

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of Donald Bosket, Steuben County's last known survivor of Pearl Harbor, who passed away on Christmas morning.

Mr. Bosket's life stands as an inspiring and a remarkable testament to commitment to family, community and nation.

Read more in The Leader, "Pearl Harbor survivor Bosket dies at 93"

December 30, 2014
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80th Anniversary of the Yonkers Jewish War Veterans Post #68

(Yonkers - December 28th) Senator Stewart-Cousins honoring the 80th anniversary of the Yonkers Jewish War Veterans Post #68 with a Senate Proclamation. Pictured with the Senator are Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, Senator George Latimer, Elliott Palais, Stan Bernstein and Yonkers City Council Minority Leader Michael Sabatino.\

 

December 29, 2014
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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says with the arrival of the New Year, a number of new laws will be taking effect in New York State.  These include:

December 23, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco's 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers Collection Sites/ Thank You for Donating

Senator John A. DeFrancisco’s 2014-15 Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive is running now through January 5, 2015. Central New Yorkers may begin to drop off their gently-used mobile phones at his district office in Syracuse OR at any of his other collection sites throughout Onondaga County and the City of Auburn:

District Office:

800 State Office Building333 East Washington StreetSyracuse, New York 13202

December 23, 2014
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JAMESTOWN WORLD WAR II VETERAN ANTHONY COSTANZO AWARDED FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR MEDAL

 

 

Senator Catharine M. Young presents the French Legion of Honor Medal to Anthony “Tony” Costanzo.

JAMESTOWN – Anthony “Tony” Costanzo, United States Army (Ret.), who courageously served as a member of the First Infantry Division known as the “Big Red One” in some of the first American battles in the North African and European Theaters during World War II, recently received his decoration as a member of France’s Légion d’honneu, or Legion of Honor.

 

December 22, 2014
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December 19, 2014
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New Laws to Help Veterans, Protect Kids & Create Jobs Taking Effect 01/01/2015

Measures to help veterans find employment and housing are among the highlights of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2015.  Other laws that take effect on New Year’s Day will: reduce the tax burden on businesses; provide tax credits to employers that hire people with developmental disabilities; allow banks to freeze credit records of minors to prevent identity theft; protect people in adult care facilities; encourage music and theatrical productions in upstate New York; and expand opportunities to finance end-of-life care.  

December 19, 2014
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Video of Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony

Video of New York State Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veteran's Hall of Fame ceremony held at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. The distinguished veterans honored during Senator Marchione’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony for the 43rd Senate District were: Gary Flaherty, U.S. Army, Columbia County; Charles Hoffman, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Paul O’Keefe, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Eugene Ratigliano, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Christopher Sgambati, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Al Soria, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; and Brian Wilsey, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, Saratoga County.

December 18, 2014
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Video of Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony

Video of New York State Senator Kathy Marchione's 2014 Veteran's Hall of Fame ceremony held at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. The distinguished veterans honored during Senator Marchione’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony for the 43rd Senate District were: Gary Flaherty, U.S. Army, Columbia County; Charles Hoffman, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Paul O’Keefe, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; Eugene Ratigliano, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Christopher Sgambati, U.S. Navy, Saratoga County; Al Soria, U.S. Army, Rensselaer County; and Brian Wilsey, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, Saratoga County.

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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New Bill Gives Veterans Greater Property Tax Relief

As Senator Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas delivered greater property tax relief for veterans, NY1 was on the scene to cover the press conferece. Check out the full NY1 story here. 

December 17, 2014
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U.S. Army Veteran Robert Henry Fuller Posthumously Honored for Service in World War II

For Release: Immediate, December 13, 2014

Nearly 25 Years After His Passing Cattaraugus County Veteran Honored with Awards Earned in Service

MACHIAS - Family and friends gathered this afternoon to recognize the outstanding military service of U.S. Army veteran Robert Henry Fuller, who has finally received the military decorations he earned defending our country.

During a ceremony at the Glenn A. Pratt, Jr. American Legion Post No. 1460 in Machias, Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) joined in presenting Private First Class Fuller’s family with the military medals he earned while serving overseas during World War II.

December 13, 2014
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