Issues: Veterans

SENATOR KATHY MARCHIONE JOINS CHAIRMAN GREG BALL IN URGING PASSAGE OF “JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM

SENATOR KATHY MARCHIONE JOINS CHAIRMAN GREG BALL IN URGING PASSAGE OF “JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM
Bi-partisan legislation will create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled
veteran-owned small businesses in New York State

January 16, 2014
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LEGISLATION AIMS TO HELP VETS FIND JOBS

Senator Patty Ritchie spoke at a press conference on the need for incentives to encouarge businesses to hire disabled veterans. Senator Ritchie's district includes Fort Drum, the largest Army installation north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi River--home of the most deployed units in the US Army, with thousands of veterans returning to the states this year.

The district also includes more than 20,000 veterans from conflicts as far back as WWII.

January 15, 2014
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NY Jobs for Heroes Program

I recently had the privilege of joining my colleagues in the State Legislature and Service-Connected Disabled Veterans at the NY Jobs for Heroes Program press conference. This program will create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses in New York State. We are forever grateful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans, providing them with this opportunity is commonsense.

January 15, 2014
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O'Mara joins effort to enact 'Jobs for Heroes' to assist disabled vets, build on last year's Hire-a-Vet tax credit

Albany, N.Y., January 15— Building on last year’s creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today joined a growing legislative effort this year to enact the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program” to assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

January 15, 2014
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NY Jobs For Heroes Program Press Conference

Press conference in support of Senate bill S.2803B the NY Jobs For Heroes Program which would create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses in New York State. 

January 14, 2014
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Ranzenhofer backs bill to implement "Jobs for Heroes" program in New York

State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer talks about the importance of passing legislation to implement the "Jobs for Heroes" program in New York State. Currently, almost forty other states are utilizing this program to honor our veterans. 

January 14, 2014
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NY Jobs For Heroes

ALBANY, 01/14/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined veterans and senate colleagues to call for passage of the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program” to support service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses. 

The legislation (S.2803B) co-sponsored by Senator Seward mirrors the highly successful federal program and is currently in use in nearly forty other states.  The senate has repeatedly passed the bill since its introduction in 2007, and Governor Cuomo offered his support for the concept during his recent State of the State address.

January 14, 2014
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Senator Young Joins Senate Colleagues in Urging Passage of "Jobs for Heroes" Program

For Release: Immediate, January 14, 2014

Senate Bill 2803-B Would Provide Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veterans

ALBANY - Businesses owned by disabled veterans would achieve preference for procuring state contracts in a bill cosponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I-Olean).

The NY Jobs for Heroes program mirrors a successful federal initiative and would establish in New York State a three percent contract set-aside for service-disabled veteran businesses in obtaining state contracting and subcontracting opportunities.

“We owe it to our veterans to increase the job opportunities available to them. Too many come home after serving our country only to be unable to find gainful employment. For those who have sustained service-connected disabilities, the debt we owe is even greater. This important bill is one way we can ensure they can come home to New York and have opportunities to thrive as they return to civilian life,” said Senator Young.

January 14, 2014
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RITCHIE COSPONSORS “NY JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM

Measure to Expand Business Opportunities for Veterans 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she is cosponsoring a measure that supports the brave men and women of our armed forces by giving preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

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The measure, (S.2803-B) also known as the “NY Jobs for Heroes” program, is an initiative that would amend the executive law to require state agencies to set a goal of awarding 3 percent of contracts to businesses that are owned by service-disabled veterans. 

“After traveling the world in support of our country, many of our veterans decide to settle in New York State—especially in the region that surrounds Fort Drum,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Service-disabled veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice in putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom.  The very least we can do to recognize them for their contributions is to stand with them and provide them with the support they need to succeed in their post-military life.”

January 14, 2014
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Senate Urges Passage of "Jobs For Heroes" Program

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Albany, N.Y. – 01/14/2014 – State Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I – Patterson) joined veterans and colleagues at the New York State Capitol on Tuesday morning to stress the importance of passing the NY Jobs For Heroes Program (S2803B), a concept that was recently supported by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address.

January 14, 2014
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Cattaraugus County Veteran Franklin R. West Honored in Medal Ceremony

For Release: Immediate, January 4, 2014

U.S. Army Sgt. Franklin R. West Receives Awards for Military Service During World War II

LITTLE VALLEY - In recognition of his outstanding record of military service, U.S. Army veteran Franklin R. West has finally received the military decorations he deserves.

During a ceremony at the Little Valley VFW Post today, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) presented Sergeant West with the military medals he earned while serving overseas during World War II. After being contacted by the West family, Senator Young worked to ensure that Sergeant West’s honorable service was duly recognized and he received the long overdue awards his service merits.

“The incredible story of Sergeant Franklin West’s service is an inspiration, and I am honored to be able to take part in recognizing him today. For his willingness to put himself on the line for us in World War II and bear the wounds of battle for our sake, he deserves our utmost respect and thanks. May the prestigious awards he receives today serve as a constant reminder for us of the price of freedom and those who have bravely defended it,” said Senator Young.

January 4, 2014
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Jamestown World War II Veteran Basil J. Spitale Honored with Appointment to French Legion of Honor

For Release: Immediate, January 1, 2014

U.S. Army Pfc. Basil J. Spitale Honored for Service in Liberating France

JAMESTOWN - For his outstanding record of military service during World War II and his contributions to the liberation of France in 1944-45, United States Army veteran Basil J. Spitale has received the honor of appointment to France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor.

January 1, 2014
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Grisanti Announces 'Veteran of the Month' recognition to start in 2014

Senator Mark Grisanti, (R, I-60) member of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committee, announced today that he is currently accepting nominations for a new program that will recognize a local military veteran each month during the 2014 calendar year.

  

December 15, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HONORS THOSE WHO DEFENDED OUR COUNTRY AT PEARL HARBOR

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with local veterans in remembering the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor during the Long Island Air Force Association’s annual “Dropping of the Roses” ceremony. 

December 9, 2013
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Pearl Harbor Commemoration Service

Our nation commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Saturday. I was honored to join local veterans, Veteran Organizations and three local Pearl Harbor survivors at the Rochester Yacht Club to remember those who died during this horrific attack on our nation 72 years ago. As a nation, we will never forget those who died, and those who survived, on that day and all that they have done for our freedom.

December 9, 2013
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'Pearl Harbor survivor honored in Bath'

Bath, N.Y., December 9-- It was a quite a moving, patriotic ceremony in Bath yesterday as Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, area veterans and members of the community gathered to pay tribute to the last remaining member of the Southern Tier Pearl Harbor Survivors Association -- 92-year-old Donald Bosket of East Campbell.

Read more in The Leader, "Pearl Harbor survivor honored in Bath ceremony"

 

December 9, 2013
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Olean Native Dana Whittaker Posthumously Honored in Medal Ceremony

For Release: Immediate, December 7, 2013

Family of Dana F. Whittaker Receives Awards for Military Service

HINSDALE - In recognition of his honorable record of military service, U.S. Army veteran Dana Floyd Whittaker has finally received the decorations he deserves.

During a ceremony at the Norton-Chambers American Legion Post in Hinsdale this afternoon, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) presented to the family of Specialist 5 Dana F. Whittaker the military medals he earned by serving overseas. After being contacted by the Whittaker family, Senator Young worked to ensure the honorable service of this local veteran was duly recognized and he received the long overdue awards his service to our country warrants.

December 7, 2013
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MORE THAN 7,800 CHRISTMAS CARDS COLLECTED FOR "HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES" PROGRAM

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has collected more than 7,800 cards to be sent to US soldiers through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross. 

Cards—which were donated by schools, local businesses, community groups, and individuals as well as County Clerk’s offices—will be distributed to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations. 

December 3, 2013
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