Issues: Veterans

Senator Flanagan Proudly Inducts Dennis Sullivan Into Veteran's Hall Of Fame

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the honor of presenting Mr. Dennis Sullivan of Selden as his honoree for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Albany.  Mr. Sullivan, who was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Teresa, was honored for his service to his country during the Vietnam War and his continued dedication to fellow veterans since his service ended.

July 10, 2013
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As Nation Celebrates Independence Secured by Armed Forces, Senator Kennedy Pushes for New Support for NY’s Military Families

Kennedy wants new legislation that will help military families live more comfortably and make ends meet, after making great sacrifices for state and nation.

Kennedy’s bills will provide tuition assistance for children whose parents served in armed forces, help vets and their families cover property tax bills, boost veterans’ access civil-service jobs.

Kennedy: Entire families bear the burden of sacrifice when a son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother is called to duty to protect our freedom and security. Our state must do more to support military families.

July 3, 2013
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STARS, STRIPES AND A SALUTE TO OUR NATION

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

This week, many people will join friends and family members to fire up the grill, load up the cooler, and find that perfect spot to watch a spectacle in the sky for the Fourth of July holiday. But, the Fourth is so much more than cookouts and fireworks displays.  It’s a chance to salute our nation—as well as those who defend it. 

This year, our nation will celebrate its 237th birthday.  It was on July 4th 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, declaring the 13 colonies a free nation.  If you’d like to read the document for yourself, you can request a copy by clicking here.

July 1, 2013
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Wellsville World War II Army Veteran Honored Posthumously

Family received awards earned for service in the Philippines and Japan 

WELLSVILLE – The family of a United States Army veteran who courageously served as an infantryman in some of the most difficult battles in the Pacific Theater during World War II recently received the military decorations he earned during his service.

June 28, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS' BILLS TO ASSIST VETERANS PASS SENATE

MARTINS BILL TO BOOST VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES PASSES SENATE

Senator Jack M. Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) today announced that Legislation (S.2597) he sponsors to assist veterans who own a small business has passed the Senate.

The legislation establishes that three percent of all contracts awarded by the State of New York or any state agency or authority must begranted to veteran-owned businesses.

June 27, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Honors Astoria WWII Hero as Veteran’s Hall of Fame Inductee

(Astoria, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris honored lifelong Astoria resident and World War II hero Robert (Bob) Danke as an inductee into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The Veteran’s Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by service to their communities. Mr. Danke was officially inducted into the Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a May 21st ceremony in Albany. Senator Gianaris presented the former Navy Seaman First Class with an official certificate and poster outside his home in Astoria.

“Bob Danke is a true American hero and I am grateful for the opportunity to commemorate the services he rendered his country and his community,” Senator Gianaris said. “He fought bravely to protect our country’s freedom and he is a neighbor of whom all of us in Astoria can be proud.”

June 26, 2013
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STATEMENT ON THE ARMY’S TROOP RESTRUCTURING ANNOUNCEMENT

There is still more to be learned about the Army’s troop restructuring plan and its full effect on Fort Drum and surrounding North Country communities, but one thing is clear: our region will be impacted from the loss of troops, their families and civilian employees at the post, and in surrounding communities.

The potential for additional, even deeper cuts as a result of inaction on the federal budget, referenced repeatedly during the Army’s Pentagon announcement, raises even greater concerns, and makes today’s news a strong wake up call for Congress to act.

June 25, 2013
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Senator Grisanti Hosting Special Veterans Presentation With Senate Co-Majority Leaders

Senator Grisanti (R, I-Buffalo) is hosting a special Veterans benefits presentation highlighting legislation passed and proposed in the New York State Senate this past year. Joined by Co-Majority Leaders Sen. Dean Skelos (R, C, I-Long Island) and Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Sen. Grisanti’s presentation will take place on Thursday, June 27 at 3pm, at the Buffalo Naval and Military Park at 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY, 14202. All veterans are welcome to attend.

 

June 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer offers update on status of bill to rename I-990 after Staff Sgt. Wilson

Senator Ranzenhofer gives an update on the status of legislation to rename a portion of interstate highway 990 after the late Staff Sergeant Wilson. Click here for more information.

June 21, 2013
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Senator Rivera's VetConnect Bill Passes in the Senate

(Albany, NY) - Today, Senator Gustavo Rivera's (D-Bronx) bill S2226, also known as VetConnect, passed in the Senate. The bill will enable veterans to receive benefits information upon applying for or renewing a driver's license.

Veterans' service to our country entitles them to receive a spectrum of benefits ranging from medical treatment to vocational training to home loan programs. Unfortunately, 59 percent of veterans have little or no understanding of the benefits available to them, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs 2010 National Survey of Veterans.   

June 20, 2013
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SENATE OK’S BILL TO GIVE CAPITOL FLAG TO FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES

Ritchie Cosponsors Bill Inspired By, Named For Slain Fort Drum Officer

The State Senate today approved a bill cosponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to create the “Lt. Colonel Todd Clark Memorial Flag Presentment Program.”

June 20, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: State senate leaders hosting meeting with veterans on June 27

Local military veterans will get a chance to rub elbows with the two top leaders of the New York State Senate when they come to town next week to discuss issues they’re facing, including high unemployment among younger vets.

State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, a member of the Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, announced Tuesday that the meeting with Senate coalition leaders Dean G. Skelos and Jeffrey D. Klein is set for 3 p.m. June 27 at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park at Canalside.

In urging veterans to attend the meeting, Grisanti, R-Buffalo, said it is important for state leaders to receive direct input from former members of the armed forces.

June 19, 2013
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SENATE HONORS FALLEN FORT DRUM OFFICER TODD CLARK

 

Moving Tribute to Soldier Who Was Part of Ritchie’s 2012 ‘Fort Drum Day’ at the Capitol

Members of the State Senate honored a fallen hero Tuesday, one day after the body of Lt. Col. Todd Clark was returned to his Albany hometown.

June 18, 2013
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SENATE PASSES BILL REMOVING 10-YEAR CAP ON COLD WAR ERA PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco today announced that his legislation (S3731), which would remove a 10-year cap on property tax breaks for Cold War era veterans, passed the Senate.

If enacted, this bill would provide for a permanent property tax break instead of requiring a sunset of the tax break after 10 years.
 

June 17, 2013
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Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame welcomes Painted Post Mayor Roswell L. Crozier, Jr.

At a local ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2013, Flag Day, Senator Tom O'Mara inducted Steuben County native, Painted Post Mayor and World War II combat veteran, Lieutenant Colonel Roswell L. Crozier, Jr., into the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.  In this photo, Mayor Crozier reflects on his service following his induction at today's ceremony. 

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June 14, 2013
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Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, con't

Mayor Crozier's son, Ken, who nominated his father for the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame, participated in the local induction ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall.  Senator O'Mara looks on as the mayor's son says a few words in tribute.

June 14, 2013
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Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, con't

Senator O'Mara (l.) and Assemblyman Palmesano (r.) congratulate Mayor Crozier, center, on his induction into the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

 

June 14, 2013
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Senator O'Mara, colleagues pay tribute to Painted Post Mayor Roswell L. "Roz" Crozier, Jr.

Painted Post, N.Y., June 14—To coincide with this year's celebration of Flag Day across the state and nation, State Senator Tom O'Mara (R-C, Big Flats) held a ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall to formally induct Steuben County native, Painted Post Mayor and World War II combat veteran Roswell L. "Roz" Crozier, Jr.

June 14, 2013
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At Flag Day ceremony, O'Mara pays tribute to Steuben County native, Painted Post Mayor and WWII veteran

 

Painted Post, N.Y., June 14—To coincide with this year’s celebration of Flag Day across the state and nation, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today held a ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall to formally induct Steuben County native, Painted Post Mayor and World War II combat veteran Roswell L. “Roz” Crozier, Jr. into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

June 14, 2013
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On Flag Day, O'Mara will pay tribute to local WWII veteran at ceremony this afternoon

 

Painted Post, N.Y., June 14--On Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2013, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) will hold a ceremony at the Painted Post Village Hall (261 Steuben Street, Painted Post) to induct Steuben County native and Painted Post Mayor Roswell L. “Roz” Crozier, Jr. into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.  

June 14, 2013
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