Issues: Veterans

Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs  Senator Thomas Croci, Chair  11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Room 124 CAP

February 25, 11:30 AM - 11:37 AM
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS 20TH ANNUAL “VALENTINES FOR VETERANS”

Klein Donates More Than 200 Valentine’s Day Cards and Gift Bags to Bronx Veterans

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham and students from P.S. 83, today donated more than 200 Valentine’s Day Cards and gift bags to veterans at the 20th annual “Valentines for Veterans” celebration held at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.

February 13, 2015
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Senate Passes "Homes for Heroes" Program

Legislation will assist service-disabled veterans making necessary improvements to their homes

 

ALBANY - Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2316/A.3795) sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that will assist veterans with physical challenges who need modifications to their homes in order to live independently.

 

The “Homes for Heroes” program will establish a fund to assist New York State’s veteran population so that they are able to live safely, comfortably and productively in the setting of their choice.

 

February 10, 2015
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Senator Marc Panepinto Releases Statement on Passage of First Co-Sponsored Bill - Homes for Heroes

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement:

“I am humbled that my first co-sponsored bill passed in the State Senate creates the Homes for Heroes Program, which sets aside state grants for expanding affordable and accessible veteran housing in New York. Our disabled veterans should not have to return home and struggle with living comfortably, safely, or with dignity, due to inaccessible housing. This bill will ensure that whether it is through retrofitting their current home, or upgrading a new one, that will never be the case again.”

S.2316 (Homes for Heroes): Authorizes issues guidelines for granting contracts to disabled veterans eligible under the home for heroes program.

February 10, 2015
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REMINDER: VOLUNTARY INCOME TAX CHECK-OFF FOR VETERANS REMEMBRANCE AND CEMETERY MAINTENANCE OPERATION FUND

Continuing his strong commitment to our veterans and their families, New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio today reminded individuals filing their 2014 New York State income taxes that they will have the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to support veterans cemeteries in New York State. This fund is an important step in the process to designate specific areas in New York State for a State Veterans cemetery. This voluntary contribution can be made as a deduction from an individual’s tax refund or as an additional monetary donation on New York State tax returns. Contributions are 100% voluntary.

February 5, 2015
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Murphy and Purple Heart Homes raise money for Korean War vet

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy, in collaboration with Eugene Parrotta, executive director of the newly created Purple Heart Homes New York Down State Chapter #1,  organized a fund raising dinner for 83-year old Korean War Veteran Stephen O'Loughlin of Yorktown to help make his home handicap accessible by installing railings to his front and back porch. The dinner was held on Friday night at the Yorktown Heights VFW Post 8328.

January 30, 2015
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Senator Young Discusses the Women's Equality Agenda, the Upcoming Budget Process and Shares the Story Of A Local Vet

On the latest edition of "Your Voice," Senator Young discusses the importance of the Women's Equality Agenda, the first package of legislation taken up in the 2015 Session by the Senate. The package passed with unanimous bipartisan support and included eight key components aimed at protecting, promoting and empowering the women of New York State. Among the provisions that passed the Senate was a bill sponsored by Senator Young to protect victims of domestic violence.

 

January 28, 2015
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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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Murphy searches for Westchester Korean War vets for monument

KATONAH, NY - 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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