Issues: Veterans

Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Welcome Home Ceremony for Honor Flight Syracuse Mission 5

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco poses with cadets and a World War II veteran after the Honor Fight Syracuse "Welcome Home" ceremony at Hancock Airport on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Senator DeFrancisco helped welcome home the 81 veterans who were on the Honor Flight and to thank them for their dedicated military service. 

Honor Flight is a not-for-profit organization that flies veterans to and from their war memorials in Washington, D.C.  Hundreds of family and friends of the veterans also participated in Saturday's ceremony.  

April 27, 2015
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Public Hearing: Cyber Security in New York State as it Relates to Businesses and the Private Sector

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Codes
Chair: Senator Michael Nozzolio
Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection
Chair: Senator Michael Venditto
and Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
Chair: Senator Thomas Croci
Public Hearing: Cyber Security in New York State as it Relates to Businesses and the Private Sector
Place: Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559; Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561
Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 14, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Cyber Security in New York State as it Relates to Businesses and the Private Sector

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Codes
Chair: Senator Michael Nozzolio
Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection
Chair: Senator Michael Venditto
and Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
Chair: Senator Thomas Croci
Public Hearing: Cyber Security in New York State as it Relates to Businesses and the Private Sector
Place: Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559; Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561
Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 14, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Cyber Security in New York State as it Relates to Businesses and the Private Sector

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Codes
Chair: Senator Michael Nozzolio
Senate Standing Committee on Consumer Protection
Chair: Senator Michael Venditto
and Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
Chair: Senator Thomas Croci
Public Hearing: Cyber Security in New York State as it Relates to Businesses and the Private Sector
Place: Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Contact: Daniel Toomey (518) 455-2559; Brendan Lovullo (518) 455-2561
Media Contact: Senate Majority Press Office (518) 455-2264
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

May 14, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Your Voice With Senator Rob Ortt

April 22, 2015 - Senator Ortt discusses the Regional Hockey Festival for Athletes and Vets with Disabilities, Funding for the Retention of District Military Bases and Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Counseling.

April 23, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Pawsitive for Heroes

Non-profit organization WNYHeroes stopped by Sen. Ortt’s office to talk about some of its successful programs, including the  “Pawsitive for Heroes” program where service dogs help veterans cope with PTSD, or any related mental health illness.   

April 14, 2015
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Senator George Amedore Seeks Local Nominations For Veterans' Hall Of Fame

This year’s Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Albany is planned for Tuesday, May 19, 2015, just before the Memorial Day weekend observances.  

April 13, 2015
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Ortt: Budget Assists Mental Health, Disabilities

As Chairman, Ortt Sees Progress on Key Issues

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) said this year’s state budget will assist those facing mental illness and disabilities. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Ortt said issues raised by individuals, families, and advocacy groups were central to his approach to the budget.

April 12, 2015
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West Seneca Family Health & Safety Fair

Free Admission

Blood Donations

Free Services and Screenings from the following providers or vendors:

 

Alzheimer’s Association of WNY

Bakery Victory Dental Center

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Boy scouts of America

Cancer Services of Erie County

CERT

Curves of West Seneca

D’Youville -

ECC – Nursing School

Erie County Sheriff’s Office

Elder Care Solutions

Girl scouts of WNY

April 25, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Ortt: State Budget Delivers for Western New York

Senator Points to Education, Economy and Veterans’ Services

 Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget, which includes several of Ortt’s Western New York priorities. Ortt pointed to key measures to strengthen education, economic development, and veterans’ services.

April 1, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES $800,000 FOR THE RESEARCH AND RECOGNITION PROJECT TO TREAT POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS IN THE 2015-2016 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic, (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce the inclusion of $800,000 in funding for the Research and Recognition Project in the 2015-2016 New York State Budget.  The Research and Recognition Project is a non-profit organization that has developed a breakthrough, non-invasive, neurological treatment for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).  Senator Bonacic was joined by a bi-partisan group of thirty State Senators, who were all in support of funding this monumental research to cure PTS.

March 31, 2015
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RITCHIE: $3 MILLION IN STATE BUDGET TO SAFEGUARD BASES

RITCHIE: $3 MILLION IN STATE BUDGET TO SAFEGUARD BASES

Funding Added by Senate to Protect Fort Drum, Other Military Assets from Cuts

PTSD Funding for Troops and veterans Also Included in Final Plan

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the new State Budget includes an additional $3 million to help safeguard military bases, including Fort Drum, from possible budget and troop cuts.

The funding is in addition to planned roadway improvements and creation of buffer zones to help make the North Country post more attractive to Washington’s military planners who are eyeing troop cutbacks linked to the budget sequester law.

“Fort Drum is an important economic engine for the North Country and key part of ensuring the Army’s readiness to protect our homeland and fight terrorism abroad,” Senator Ritchie said.

“Once again, New York is sending another signal of the community’s and our state’s commitment to Fort Drum and our nation’s military with this additional support for the post and its mission.”

March 31, 2015
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O'Mara: New state budget expands support for treating veterans suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder ~ Corning doctor has been driving force behind development of innovative, successful treatment program

Albany, N.Y., March 30—In early March, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) joined several of his Senate colleagues to call for increased state funding to support the expansion of a groundbreaking treatment program for military servicemen and servicewomen suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The 2015-2016 state budget, which will be approved by the Legislature this week and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will include $800,000 to help expand the initiative, O’Mara said today.  

March 30, 2015
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A SPECIAL SALUTE TO THOSE WHO SERVED

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

March 27, 2015
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As Vietnam Veterans Day nears, Vietnam vets finally receive parity

ALBANY, NY - On March 29th, 1973, the Vietnam War drew to a close, and since then New York has commemorated 'Vietnam Veterans Day' and 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day' on March 29th and March 30th, respectively. This week, timed to the observance of these sacred days, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy has passed his bill granting certain benefits and honoraria to the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) which they have never before received.

March 26, 2015
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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, Monday, March 30, 2015  Room 124 CAP

March 30, 11:30 AM - 11:56 AM
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RITCHIE NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR ‘VETERANS HALL OF FAME’

***CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame,” an initiative created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. 

“The brave men and women of our nation’s armed forces sacrifice lives of stability to put everything on the line in the name of protecting our freedom,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“This special honor is just one small way we can thank our veterans for their sacrifices.  

Once again, I am looking forward to honoring those who even after their time of service, have continued to work to give back and make a difference in their local communities.”

March 25, 2015
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