Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that Senate bill S.7839 has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his review and action. This legislation, an extension of the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000, would allow all honorably discharged veterans who are members of the New York State Public Retirement System to purchase up to three years of service credit for military service. Currently, only public employees who served in the armed forces during certain military conflicts are permitted to receive this pension benefit.
Offices to Feature Drop Boxes for “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Program
State Senator Patty Ritchie is once again calling on Central and Northern New Yorkers to join her in sending warm wishes to troops through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.
An initiative sponsored by the American Red Cross, Holiday Mail for Heroes collects holiday cards, personally signed by donors, to distribute to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines at military bases, veterans’ hospitals and other locations to let them know they are remembered and appreciated back home. Last year, along with help from local residents, schools and other organizations, Senator Ritchie was able to deliver nearly 8,000 cards to the Red Cross.
“When someone thinks of the holiday season, spending time with family and friends are two of the top things that typically come to mind,” said Senator Ritchie. “In addition to putting their lives on the line to serve our country, members of the military make another big sacrifice—being away from their loved ones at this special time of year. To send a “touch of home” to our troops, I’m hoping that Central and Northern New Yorkers once again take the time to participate in this very important program.”
U.S. Navy Veteran Receives Awards Earned 70 Years Ago
OLEAN - In recognition of his outstanding service during World War II, United States Navy veteran William H. Button was honored and presented with long overdue medals today.
In a ceremony at the Pines in Olean, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) presented Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class (PhM3c) Button with the military medals and awards he earned serving his country overseas seven decades ago.
Senator Bonacic and his wife, Pat, attended the pancake breakfast hosted by the American Legion Post 151 in Wawayanda recently. This event benefits the local Vietnam Vets, and here is the Senator with some of the Veteran chefs who cooked up a great meal.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently named Dan McMahon as the ninth recipient of his “Veteran of the Month” recognition program.
A resident of the Town of Grand Island who served in the Army and spent time deployed in Vietnam, McMahon is the ninth recipient of a monthly honor presented by Senator Grisanti through to an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members who work in Grisanti’s Veterans’ Liaison Office.
Ashford woman recognized for distinguished service and accomplishments
OLEAN – A lifetime of service was recognized this weekend as Ashford’s Dorothy Button was honored and recognized for being a 2014 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) chose Mrs. Button as the 57th Senate District’s honoree because of her long and impressive record of accomplishments that include service in the U.S. Coast Guard, years of dedicated work on behalf of fellow veterans, and decades of volunteerism as a firefighter and EMT.
BRENTWOOD-On Monday, September 29, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) and Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D, I, WFP-Brentwood) were joined by Congressman Peter King and Supervisor Tom Croci for a bridge dedication ceremony in honor of fallen hero, Sgt. Michael Esposito, Jr.
Sgt. Esposito proudly served his country in the United States Army. After September 11th, Sgt. Esposito re-enlisted. He was mortally wounded while clearing an anti-coalition force in the village of Miam Do in Afghanistan on March 18, 2004. He was the first soldier from Long Island to be killed in Afghanistan.
U.S. Army Sgt. Stanley J. Grochowina Recognized for Outstanding Service
SALAMANCA - For his outstanding record of military service during the Cold War era and his contributions to the protection of the United States and its NATO allies, United States Army veteran Sgt. Stanley J. Grochowina was presented with honorary military medals and ribbons on Saturday.
During a special ceremony at the Salamanca Veterans Memorial Park, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) presented Sergeant Grochowina with the official awards conferred upon those honorees worthy of their distinction.
Macedon- Senator Mike Nozzolio recently addressed members of the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation to support their efforts to send three veterans to the 5th annual Upland NY Bird Hunt and Couples Retreat in Lyons, New York. The event features world-class outdoor sporting activities as a way to recognize and honor members of our military for their sacrifice and commitment to our Nation. The retreat promotes healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors. The three veterans are all recipients of the Purple Heart and have suffered traumatic injuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently named Jason Jaskula as the eighth recipient of his “Veteran of the Month” recognition program.
A resident of the Town of Hamburg who served in the Army with the 165th MP Company and later with Criminal Investigation Command at Fort Knox, Jaskula is the eighth recipient of a monthly honor presented by Senator Grisanti thanks to an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members who work in Grisanti’s veterans liaison office.
State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the Veterans Ceremony at the 2014 Great New York Fair on August 28, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco, who is a veteran of the United States Air Force, recognized military members for their invaluable sacrifices and contributions to our county.
Queens, NY (August 28, 2014) – Disabled persons and veterans now have an ally online when looking for State jobs. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced the launch of the online State Recruitment Resources Center for job seekers who are certified eligible to participate in the Governor’s Program to Hire Persons and Veterans With Disabilities.
Funding Will Aid PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans, River Community Wellness Program
In an effort to support active duty military and veterans, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $185,000 to aid men and women suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat related illnesses.
The special funding will be split between Watertown’s VETS Peer to Peer Outreach Center—an organization running the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans, which was established in part through a grant secured by Senator Ritchie—and Alexandria Bay’s River Community Wellness Program, based at River Hospital.
“Our soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice, putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “Many troops who have served in combat zones return with wounds we cannot see and as a result, struggle with PTSD as they try to reacclimate themselves with life at home.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that through a collaborative effort with the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, more than 9,000 signatures and dozens of resolutions from local municipalities and organizations in support of Fort Drum have been delivered to Army leadership.
Earlier this month, Senator Ritchie launched www.StandUpForFortDrum.com, a website where the public could sign a petition to show their support for the post. There, nearly 3,000 signatures were collected and then delivered to FDRLO to support the organization’s petition-gathering effort.
“Fort Drum is a vital part of our region, state and nation,” said Senator Ritchie. “The signatures collected are a testament to our area’s desire to preserve and encourage further growth of the post, which each and every day has a significant, positive impact on our local economy, our nation’s security and our community as a whole.”
Letter Cites Positive Economic, Community and Security Impacts of Post
In light of potential troop reductions, State Senator Patty Ritchie expressed her support for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division in a letter sent today to Army leadership.
The letter follows a proposal by the Army to assess the impact of reducing troop levels to numbers not seen since the beginning of World War II. Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine, which supports thousands of jobs and pumps roughly $1.4 billion into the local economy annually.
In the letter, Senator Ritchie cited the post’s significant economic impact on Central and Northern New York, as well as the state as a whole:
“Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s economic value to New York State, Northern and Central New York is well-documented and clearly described in annual Economic Impact Statements issued by the post: $1.2 billion in payroll, more than $100 million in locally sourced contracts for construction and other services, and a total positive economic impact on our region of $1.4 billion a year,” said the letter.
Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) presents an official Senate proclamation to World War II veteran and devoted Mets fan Lenny Merer on Friday night to commemorate his 90th birthday and his selection as the Mets’ Veteran of the Night.