Issues: Veterans

Senator Farley Votes for Saratoga Women's Veterans Shelter in Facebook Contest

May is National Military Appreciation Month and State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R - Schenectady) said constituents can help our local veterans by voting on Facebook.

The Guardian House, located not far from Senator Farley's District Office in Ballston Spa, is a homeless shelter for female veterans. It is operated by the Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company with support from the Saratoga County Veterans Agency.

The Guardian House just won $25,000 from a Home Depot "Aprons in Action" Facebook contest and is currently in the running for a Home Deport Facebook prize of $250,000. The money would be used for the shelter and to help build a wellness center.

May 14, 2013
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RITCHIE HONORS 29 CNY, NNY VETERANS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

Col. (Ret.) Terrence Roche Selected as

2013 NY State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” Inductee

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 29 veterans from across Central and Northern New York at a special ceremony held Friday at Fort Drum’s USO.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO OF THE HALL OF FAME EVENT

The veterans were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our local communities.

May 9, 2013
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Senator Young visits Technical Sergeant Richard Handrahan, World War II Veteran

Senator Young visited Technical Sergeant Richard Handrahan, a recent recipient of the "Southern France" campaign star and the French Legion of Honor for his service during the Operation Dragoon invasion of Southern France in August 1944. Senator Young and her office helped him obtain these awards that he earned almost 70 years ago.

Mr. Pascal Soares, France’s Honorary Consul in Buffalo, presented the award during a ceremony at the American Legion in Wellsville on March 18.

May 9, 2013
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES COL. (RET.) TERRENCE ROCHE AS 2013 NY STATE SENATE VETERAN HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Roche and 28 Other CNY, NNY Vets to be

Honored at Fort Drum Ceremony Friday

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing Col. (Ret.) Terrence Roche as her 2013 inductee to the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame.”

Roche is a 26 year military veteran who commanded at every level from platoon to Garrison at posts from Buffalo to Paris and Korea with wartime service in Vietnam. 

May 9, 2013
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Cold War Veteran Honored for his service by Senator Young

Kevin Smeal received five service awards for his time with the United States Air Force

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) today awarded five service awards to a local Air Force veteran who served a specialized role in supporting our military during the Cold War. Kevin J. Smeal was an airframe repair specialist during the 1980s, and his service and expertise was vital in helping our nation maintain its strategic readiness during the height of the Cold War.

May 6, 2013
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Senators Carlucci, Zeldin and Ball and Westchester County Executive Astorino and Putman County Executive Odell Announce the Expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program To Westchester, Rockland and Putman Counties

Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Chairman of the Senate Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, today joined Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley)

May 3, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 Room 816 LOB

May 7, 1:30 PM - 1:37 PM
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Senators Carlucci, Zeldin and Ball and Westchester County Executive Astorino and Putnam County Executive Odell Announce the Expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program To Westchester, Rockland and Putman Counties

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today joined Senators David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Chairman of the Senate Mental Health Committee and Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee as well as Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Putman County Executive Mary Odell to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Westchester, Rockland and Putman Counties. The continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program was approved as part of the 2013-14 state budget.

May 2, 2013
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Felder Pays Tribute to Military Personnel at West Point Day in Albany

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) recently welcomed and paid tribute to men and women from the United States Military Academy at West Point at a reception on April 24, 2013 as part of the 61st Annual “West Point Day” held at the New York State Capitol in Albany.

The event was hosted by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 23 years on active duty in the United States Army. Both the Senate and the Assembly adopted Legislative Resolutions to commemorate the Academy’s visit and to honor the establishment of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

May 2, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF PFC JOSEPH DWYER PTSD VETERANS COUNSELING PROGRAM TO NASSAU COUNTY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced the creation of a peer to peer veterans counseling program in Nassau County to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Senator Fuschillo joined with Senator Dean Skelos, Senator Lee Zeldin, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and local veterans in announcing funding for the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, which was included in the 2013-2014 state budget.

May 1, 2013
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BUFFALO NEWS: Veterans get one-stop center to deal with needs

With the cutting of a red, white and blue ribbon, the Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York opened for business Monday in Buffalo.

The idea of having a single location with many services to help veterans was years in the making, according to wounded Vietnam War veteran Edward Simmons, who was given the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the center housed at 1280 Main St.

May 1, 2013
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YELLOW RIBBONS: DOWNLOAD AND SHARE TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FORT DRUM

Here in Central and Northern New York, we see yellow ribbons everywhere we go—on trees, bumper stickers, in businesses and prominently displayed outside homes. For a very long time, yellow ribbons have stood as a symbol of support and remembrance of the brave men and women who serve.

To help show support for Fort Drum, it’s soldiers and their families, I am making special Fort Drum yellow ribbons available for download here as well as in my offices. You can also call my office at (315) 782-3418 to request copies.

April 30, 2013
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Senator O'Brien to honor veterans in Albany

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien nominated two Rochester-area veterans, Lyle Dupra and W. Robert Nolan, to the State Senate's "Veterans Hall of Fame," honoring their distinguished service to their country.

"It is my distinct pleasure to honor these two men for their service to this country," Senator O'Brien said.  "I hope that this Hall of Fame and the stories of its honorees serve to remind us all of the sacrifices those in uniform have made and continue to make to keep this country strong."

April 29, 2013
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RITCHIE DELIVERS NEARLY 120 FORT DRUM STORIES TO ARMY

Comments Collected Online to Show Support for Soldiers and Jobs

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A "SUPPORT FORT DRUM" WINDOW POSTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie appeared at a listening session on Fort Drum’s future and delivered nearly 120 statements of support for Fort Drum to Major General Stephen Townsend Thursday at a “Community Listening Session” held at Case Middle School in Watertown.

The listening session is one of 29 being held across the country, organized to capture community input for the Army’s top leaders to consider as part of the reduction and reorganization of its force structure.  Officials say Fort Drum could lose as many as 8,000 soldiers, or gain as many as 3,000.

CLICK HERE TO READ COMMUNITY COMMENTS ON FORT DRUM'S FUTURE

April 25, 2013
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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION LEADER DEAN SKELOS, AND SENATORS LEE ZELDIN AND CHARLES FUSCHILLO JOIN WITH NASSAU COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO ANNOUNCE THE NASSAU COUNTY PFC JOSEPH DWYER PTSD PEER-TO-PEER VETERANS COUNSELING PROGRAM

Senate Majority Coaltion Leader Dean Skelos today joined with Senators Lee Zeldin, Charles Fuschillo, Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino, and Kemp Hannon, as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Nassau County.  

April 25, 2013
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Senator Republican Leader Skelos, and Senators Zeldin, Fuschillo, Martins, Marcellino, and Hannon, and Nassau County Executive Mangano Announce the Nassau County PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today joined Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, and Senators Chuck Fuschillo, Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino, and Kemp Hannon, as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Nassau County. The continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program was approved as part of the 2013-14 state budget.

April 25, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Announces Veterans Credit for NY Civil Service Exams

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced good news for Veterans -- the passage of legislation in the State Senate allowing veterans and disabled veterans credits to be added to civil service examination scores.

 “The military training our veterans receive provides valuable leadership skills and experiences that are highly desirable to any employer, including State and local governments,” Tkaczyk said. “So while this measure will help veterans, I believe it will also benefit our civil workforce.”

April 25, 2013
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Sen. Jeff Klein Announces Inclusion of Hire-a-Vet Tax Credit in NYS Budget to Combat High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

BRONX, N.Y. – Today, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that his Hire-a-Vet Tax Credit, a program that will provide every business that hires a post-9/11 veteran with a tax credit of up to $15,000, is now officially a part of state budget. Senator Klein fought for the tax credit during this year’s budget negotiations after learning about the sky-high unemployment rate among New York’s returning veterans.

April 25, 2013
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April 24, 2013
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