Issues: Veterans

Senator Owen H. Johnson Honors Sergeant First Class Robert E. Walsh Of The 69th Infantry

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently honored a local distinguished service member from the 69th Infantry to represent the 4th Senate district in the New York Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  Senator Johnson inducted Sergeant First Class John E. Walsh, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion of the 69th Infantry at a ceremony in Albany on May 22, 2012.  The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was established by the Senate in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding service members, like Robert E. Walsh, whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed forces is complemented by their service to the community. 

May 29, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Hosts Veterans ThoughtRaiser in Pearl River to Spur Job Creation

PEARL RIVER, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today hosted his very first Veterans ThoughtRaiser, a policy focused roundtable geared towards generating real ideas and solutions to increase employment opportunities among our returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The theme of the Senator’s ThoughtRaiser – “Getting Our Vets Back to Work” – explored ways in which the federal and state government can actively partner together, streamline redundancy and encourage agency cooperation, and discuss a multitude of issues and bills currently being debated in the New York State legislature. The roundtable also explored ways in which businesses can take advantage of tax incentives for hiring returning veterans.

May 29, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS WITH WANTAGH COMMUNITY IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO VETERANS ON MEMORIAL DAY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with members of the Wantagh community in paying tribute to America’s heroes at the annual Wantagh Memorial Day Ceremony.

     The Memorial Day Ceremony is an annual tradition which is organized by members of Wantagh American Legion Post 1273. Wantagh residents, joined by local boy scout and girl scout troops, community organizations, and the Wantagh Fire Department, attended the ceremony to show their appreciation for the veterans who served our country and remember those who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our nation.

May 29, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS WITH MERRICK COMMUNITY IN COMMEMORATING MEMORIAL DAY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with members of the Merrick and North Merrick community to commemorate Memorial Day at the annual Memorial Day Parade.

     The Merrick/North Merrick Memorial Day Parade is an annual community tradition which pays tribute to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who served our nation, most especially the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country. Hundreds of Merokians lined Merrick Avenue between Veterans Plaza and the Veterans Monument at Lee Avenue to view the parade and show their appreciation for our American heroes.

May 29, 2012
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Memorial Day 2012

Yesterday, I had the privilege and honor to take part in Memorial Day celebrations around our community. It was great to see so many familiar faces around Gates, Hilton, Greece, Charlotte, and Rochester. Thank you to all the brave men and women for your sacrifice and service to our Country.

May 29, 2012
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Jackson Heights man inducted into state Veterans Hall of Fame

As reported by the New York Daily News: 

A Queens man who coordinated the largest air rescue behind enemy lines in American combat history has been posthumously inducted into the state Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

George Vujnovich, a retired small business owner from Jackson Heights, was awarded the Bronze Star in 2010, 66 years after the conducting the rescue. He died in late April at the age of 96, shortly after state Sen. Jose Peralta informed him of the induction.

His daughter Xenia Wilkinson said she was proud to accept the distinction on her father’s behalf.

“I wish that he could have been with me,” said Wilkinson, 67, who now lives in Washington, D.C. “He would have been so proud.”

When Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) reached out to Vujnovich’s family about his induction, he had already fallen ill, and would not have been able to make the Albany ceremony on May 22.

Read full article here.

May 29, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Attends Ceremony at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with WWII Veteran Edward Zaluski and Edward's wife, Betty, at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Onondaga Hill, Sunday, May 25, 2012.  The ceremony honors and remembers all of the military men and women, who lost their lives while serving our country.

May 29, 2012
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Veterans

On Monday, New Yorkers all over the State celebrated and honored our veterans. 140 years ago, on this Memorial Day, we began honoring the brave men and women who put life and limb on the line for their brothers and sisters across the country and the state.  It’s the most valiant of sacrifices. 

May 29, 2012
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Senator Fuschillo's Memorial Day Message

"On Monday, we honor the memories of those who gave their lives in defense of our nation.

Throughout America’s history, generations of men and women have stood up to the forces of tyranny and terror and fought to safeguard our freedom. Some are serving overseas right now, away from their families so we can be with ours. Many never returned home, having given their lives in defense of our country. Every one of these brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines deserve our respect, appreciation, and gratitude.

May 26, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE MEETS WITH OSWEGO SOLDIERS

Two 10th Mountain Division soldiers with Oswego County ties recently met with Senator Ritchie. 

May 25, 2012
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Local Memorial Day observances highlight the weekend ahead

My best wishes for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

There are many ceremonies, parades, and other observances taking place across the region to honor our veterans, past and present -- and to pay tribute to the brave men and women protecting and making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms at this very moment.

See the links below for a listing of many of them from the:

Elmira Star-Gazette

observer-review.com

May 25, 2012
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May 25, 2012
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John D. Ringlehan Biography

Senator Joseph A. Griffo has sponsored John D. Ringlehan of Rome, NY for 2012 induction in the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.John D. Ringlehan is deserving of a place among New York State’s elite veterans for his battlefield gallantry during WW II and his continued active work as a civilian to ensure that veterans continue to be an integral part of our community.While originally from Campbell Hall, Orange County, John Ringlehan has called Rome, New York home for most of this life.

May 24, 2012
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Remember Our Veterans This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to pause for reflection and remembrance of our many brave veterans who have fought and died to protect the rights and liberties we all enjoy as Americans. For over two hundred years, patriots have time and again answered our country’s call to defend our constitution, freedoms, and liberties. Some courageously paid the ultimate price.

May 24, 2012
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RITCHIE: LOCAL VETERANS ARE NOW PART OF 'HISTORY’

In Memorial Day Tribute, Senator Arranges to Preserve 11 Vets’ War Stories in State Collection

May 24, 2012
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Memorial Day Ceremony at Castle Point VA Hospital

Senator Bill Larkin addresses the crowd gathered for the Memorial Day Ceremony held in the Memorial Garden at Castle Point Veterans Affairs Hospital.

May 24, 2012
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Senator O'Mara honors local veteran with induction into Veterans' Hall of Fame

Elmira, N.Y., May 24—When the late Cornelius “Connie” Milliken, the long-time chairman of the Chemung County Legislature who passed away this April, contacted State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) early last year to nominate his friend and fellow public servant J. Arthur “Archie” Kieffer for the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, Milliken wrote, “J. Arthur ‘Archie’ Kieffer is the definition of what it is to be an American – a role model to all serving his country, his family, and his community.  He truly believes that government deserves respect and dignity.” 

May 24, 2012
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