Issues: Veterans

Your Voice with Senator George Maziarz

This week Senator Maziarz discusses his Dream Act vote, a Medal of Honor Ceremony in Washington, DC, the Newfane Hospital Rally, and the NRA Dinner.  

March 26, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Initiative to Assist Disabled Veterans On Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.  

March 26, 2014
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RITCHIE WELCOMES FORT DRUM CHILDREN TO THE CAPITOL

Group Celebrates ‘Purple Up Day’ and the Month of the Military Child

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed the children of Fort Drum soldiers to the State Capitol Tuesday to recognize them for their own service, as well as their strength and sacrifices.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SEN. RITCHIE'S WELCOME REMARKS IN THE SENATE CHAMBER

The visit takes place during the “Month of the Military Child,” an annual month-long celebration that pays tribute to roughly 1.8 million sons and daughters of those currently serving in our Armed Forces. That number includes the family members of 18,000 soldiers who are attached to Fort Drum and live in North Country communities Senator Ritchie represents.

“We sometimes forget that behind every brave soldier are family members who love, support and courageously stand by them—and it’s so important that we recognize them for their bravery too,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN ASKS FOR LOCAL NOMINATIONS FOR VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Annual  Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who served in the U.S. Armed Forces

 

March 26, 2014
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State Senate passes "Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act"

Senator Ranzenhofer votes in favor of legislation to help New York's service disabled veterans pursue successful new business ventures. The State Senate passed the bill on March 24.

March 25, 2014
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Senator Farley Discusses Veterans Legislation

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with Tom Rielly of Ballston Spa on March 18th when Mr. Rielly came to the Capitol to discuss the priority issues of the American Legion. He also discussed with Senator Farley the legislation to set aside certain State contracts for disabled veteran owned businesses.

Senator Farley is pleased to report back to Tom and other veterans that he co-sponsored the bill and it passed the Senate on March 24th. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” is designed to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures. A three-way agreement on the bill was announced during the Governor’s Veterans and Military Families Summit held last week in Albany.

March 25, 2014
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ADDABBO DISCUSSES NEEDS OF FORMER SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN AT AMERICAN LEGION MEETING & GOVERNOR’S SUMMIT ON VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES

Queens, NY (March 25, 2014):  Earlier this week, State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and his colleagues responded to concerns of New York’s veterans and passed a bill in which businesses owned by service-disabled veterans will receive 6 percent of state contracts and a Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development will be established within the State Office of General Services.

March 25, 2014
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New Initiative Helps Service Disabled Vets

Last year, Senate Republicans approved new tax credits to encourage employers across the State to provide job opportunities to New York’s courageous veterans.

 

To build upon this initiative, the Senate has just approved the “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures. A three-way agreement on the bill was announced during the Governor’s Veterans and Military Families Summit held last week in Albany.

 

Modeled after a highly successful federal initiative, New York’s new law will establish a new contract preference “set-aside” for service disabled veterans.

 

March 25, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY CO-SPONSORS BILL FOR STATE CONTRACT SET-ASIDE FOR DISABLED VETERANS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation (S6865) on March 24th to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans.

Co-sponsored by Senator Farley, the bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled- veteran owned small businesses. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will ensure New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts.

March 25, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SUPPORTS JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS

Gallivan sponsors new initiative to specifically help service-disabled veterans

March 24, 2014
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF THE “SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS ACT”

Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S6865), cosponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. 

March 24, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Approval of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act

Senator Kennedy cosponsored bill to help veteran-owned businesses gain access to state contracts.

Recent estimates have indicated that approximately 1,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were unemployed in WNY.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the New York State Senate today passed the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, which will provide veteran-owned businesses with increased access to state contracts. Senator Kennedy cosponsored this legislation (S.6865) to help level the playing field for veterans who are competing with much larger operations to secure state business.

March 24, 2014
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MEASURE COSPONSORED BY SENATOR RITCHIE TO CREATE JOBS, EXPAND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS PASSES SENATE

State Senator Patty Ritchie speaks on the Senate floor on a measure she cosponsored to support the men and women of our Armed Forces by giving preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

March 24, 2014
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'JOBS FOR HEROES' BILL COSPONSORED BY SENATOR RITCHIE TO CREATE JOBS, EXPAND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS PASSES SENATE

***CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S REMARKS ON THE LEGISLATION***

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced a measure she cosponsored to support the men and women of our Armed Forces by giving preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans has passed the Senate.

The measure (S.6865) would create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled-veteran owned small businesses, ensuring New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts. 

“I’m fortunate to be able to represent Fort Drum, as it gives me an opportunity on a regular basis to see everything our troops do not only for our region, but also for our country and this legislation is a tremendous way to say ‘thanks’ for their service” said Senator Ritchie.

March 24, 2014
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A Small Thank You To Deserving Heroes

ALBANY, 03/24/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he co-sponsors, to expand career opportunities for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses. 

“Our military members fight to defend our freedoms and preserve our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “We owe these men and women a great debt of gratitude, especially those who suffer combat injuries.  After sacrificing to protect and secure the American Dream, we must make sure these heroes are able to realize their own dreams when they return home.”

March 24, 2014
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Senate approves 'Jobs for Heroes' program to assist disabled veterans

Albany, N.Y., March 24—Last year Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature enacted a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans.

Today, the New York State Senate unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) known as the “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” to build on last year’s tax credit and further assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

March 24, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill for State Contract Set-Aside for Disabled Veterans

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of sta

March 24, 2014
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HONORING OUR NATION’S HEROES

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

March 24, 2014
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RITCHIE NOW ACCEPTING VETERANS HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS

Veterans to be Honored at Fort Drum Ceremony on May 15th 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame program.

CLICK HERE FOR A NOMINATION FORM

The Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who have served their country in the US Armed Forces and made significant contributions to their communities.

“Throughout the past several years I have had the opportunity to recognize so many men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices in their lives by serving in our Armed Forces,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 21, 2014
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March 21, 2014
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