Issues: Veterans

RITCHIE HEARS WARTIME MEMORIES FROM DECORATED WWII VET

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently sat down with Jefferson County WWII veteran Andy Cambron, to take a look at his many accolades and hear about the experiences he had as a member of the US Army. 

October 19, 2012
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DRIVER’S LICENSE DESIGNATION FOR VETERANS SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation (S6799) was signed into law that allows the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran.

This law, which goes into effect next October, will make it easier for veterans to receive discounts and other special benefits where proof of military service is required. 

“Currently, many veterans carry around their DD-214 forms in order to prove that they are, in fact, veterans,” said Senator Larkin.  “Thanks to this new law, veterans can simply get this  designation put on their license, and their military paperwork can stay at home where it belongs.”

October 18, 2012
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NEW LAW TO PROVIDE IDENTIFICATION OF VETERAN STATUS ON DRIVERS LICENSE

State Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I – Mount Hope) today praised a new state law, which he supported, to make it easier for people to identify themselves as veterans by requiring a separate line on New York State Drivers Licenses or Identification Cards to indicate veteran status.Often times, veterans do not have an easily available source of identification to prove their status.

October 16, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE HONORS CENTRAL NEW YORK ‘HOMETOWN HEROES’

Medal of Honor Display Now Featured at Half-Shire Historical Society

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Central New York veterans at a special reception for  her Hometown Heroes Medal of Honor display, which is now being featured at the Half-Shire Historical Society in Richland.

The traveling display—which was created as part of the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln establishing the award—features the more than 45 local individuals who have received our nation’s highest military honor for their service in America’s armed forces. 

October 12, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS MILITARY VETERANS FOR PHEASANT HUNT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently joined military veterans for a pheasant hunt at the Basswoods Lodge and Hunting Preserve in Rensselaer Falls.  The 3rd annual free event was sponsored by several area businesses.   

October 12, 2012
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SKELOS LAUDS NEW LAW TO PROVIDE IDENTIFICATION OF VETERAN STATUS ON DRIVERS LICENSE

            Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos today praised a new state law, which he supported, to make it easier for people to identify themselves as veterans by requiring a separate line on New York State Drivers Licenses or Identification Cards to indicate veteran status.

             Often times, veterans do not have an easily available source of identification to prove their status. With this new law, veterans who submit the proper paperwork, such as a DD Form 214, will be provided a new line on the New York State Drivers License or non-driver ID that indicates he or she is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.

October 10, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Purple Heart Recipient SPC. Sean Hudson

SPC. Sean Hudson, a veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, was awarded the Purple Heart on October 9, 2012. State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured congratulating SPC. Hudson with Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle. Hudson also received the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Combat Infantry Badge.

October 9, 2012
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION ALLOWING DMV TO MARK VETERAN STATUS ON DRIVER'S LICENSES SIGNED INTO LAW

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation (S.6799) he fought to enact that allows the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran. Under this law, a veteran of the United States Armed Forces may request to have this veteran status mark from the DMV.

October 5, 2012
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Senator Young and Assemblyman Giglio Dedicate Bridge to Fallen Soldier

The Interstate 86 bridge over Route 305 in Cuba now named for Sergeant Mark Bradley

CUBA – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was joined by Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I- Gowanda) to dedicate the Interstate 86 bridge over Route 305 in Cuba as the Sergeant Mark Bradley Memorial Bridge. Sergeant Bradley, a native of Cuba, died from injuries sustained from an improvised exploding device in Afghanistan. Bradley enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January of 2004 after graduating from Cuba-Rushford High School in 2003. He passed away on June 16, 2011, at the Bethesda Naval Hospital after being seriously injured on June 3, 2011.

October 5, 2012
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Senator Young Presents Medals to Local Veterans

Corporal Carlo and the family of Private First Class Daversa receive medals to acknowledge their service to our country

JAMESTOWN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) awarded medals today to two deserving, local veterans during a Medal Presentation Ceremony at City Hall in Jamestown. Private First Class Armand “Chico” Daversa, who received the medals posthumously, and Corporal Peter Carlo were honored for their years of service and dedication to the nation.

October 4, 2012
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PRESS RELEASE: Senator Carlucci Announces 5-Point Jobs Plan to Put New Yorkers Back to Work

Senator Carlucci Announces 5-Point Jobs Plan to Put New Yorkers Back to Work

Small Businesses and Consumers Will Benefit from Targeted Tax Relief Measures and Regulatory Reform Proposals

Senator Carlucci: “We need tax and regulatory policies that will help make New York more competitive in the global economy”

ORANGEBURG, NYSenator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today was joined by small business owners and local elected officials at Nice-Pak, Inc., to announce his 5-Point Jobs Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for action that will jumpstart the economy and create jobs here in the Hudson Valley. 

October 4, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL ALLOWING DMV TO MARK VETERAN STATUS ON DRIVER'S LICENSES AND NON-DRIVER IDS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation allowing the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran. Under this law, a veteran of the United States Armed Forces may request to have this veteran status mark from the DMV. Many local businesses across the state currently provide discounts to veterans. This law will make it more simple and convenient for veterans to show and verify to a business their status as veterans on a driver’s license or non-driver ID without having to carry multiple forms of identification. In order to obtain this status from the DMV, applicants will have to submit proof that they were honorably discharged from the armed forces.

October 4, 2012
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Veterans ID Bill Signed Into Law

ONEONTA, 10/03/12 – Veterans throughout the state will be able to display their veteran status proudly on their drivers’ licenses under legislation (S.6799) signed into law today.  The new legislation was co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and inspired in part by a request from a proud serviceman from the 51st district.

“This legislation is a straightforward method that will identify veterans, who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, and help them receive special discounts at businesses statewide, ” said Senator Seward.  “Easing the ID process for veterans and businesses who want to provide our brave servicemen and women with a thank you shouldn’t be that difficult.”

October 3, 2012
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New Windsor Veteran's Breakfast

Senator Bill Larkin joins Ray Phillips (FDNY Chairman Widows & Orphans) and Joe McGuiness at the weekly New Windsor Veteran's breakfast.

September 21, 2012
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Join Senator Carlucci’s Veterans Advisory Committee

In order to encourage dialogue between Albany and the veterans community, Senator Carlucci every few months holds an informative Veterans Advisory Committee meeting in Rockland County. This is a chance for veterans to learn about what services are available to them and their families at the state level, offer their ideas and suggestions on specific legislation being debated in the New York State Legislature, and make their voices heard. 

September 17, 2012
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PTSD PROGRAM FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY VETS TO LAUNCH IN NOVEMBER

Senator Ritchie Secures Funds for Program Named to Honor “9-11 Vet” 

September 11, 2012
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SERVES AS EMCEE AT WYOMING COUNTY VETS HIGHWAY RIBBON-CUTTING

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined local leaders and hundreds of veterans from across Wyoming County as a portion of NYS Rt. 20A was officially designated The Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway. Gallivan introduced the necessary legislation earlier this year along with state assemblyman, Daniel Burling, a Vietnam veteran himself.

“There is no more important constituency of mine than Western New York’s Veterans and their families,” Senator Gallivan said. “It’s important we always keep them in our thoughts, and I hope a new Memorial Highway will be both a reminder of their service and a tribute to their sacrifice.”

August 29, 2012
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Greece Central School District Summer Graduation

(Rochester, NY) - Last Thursday, I had the privilege to speak at the ceremony to honor Greece Central School Distirct graduates. Diplomas were given for students who completed the General Education Development (GED) program through adult literacy and the Bridges program and high school students. 83-year old Jerry Oransky received the New York State Operation Recognition award. Through this program, veterans can earn their high school diploma if they left school without graduating.

August 28, 2012
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