Issues: Veterans

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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ADDABBO BILL THAT HELPS VETERANS AND POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS BETTER COMMUNICATE ABOUT JOB SKILLS GETS APPROVED BY VETERANS COMMITTEE

Queens, NY, April 23, 2013 --  State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) announced that legislation he sponsors (S.4402) to help employment-seeking veterans and potential employers to better communicate about job skills earned in the military, was recently approved by the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. 

April 23, 2013
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Honor Flight Rochester Mission 27

On Sunday, April 21st, I had the privilege to welcome back veterans from our area who were a part of Honor Flight Rochester Mission 27. It is always an honor to personally thank all those who have served, and continue to serve, our Country. For more information on Honor Flight Rochester, visit their website at http://honorflightrochester.org/.

April 22, 2013
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RITCHIE: TELL ME YOUR FORT DRUM STORY

Comments Collected Online in Advance of MG Townsend’s

“Community Listening Session”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the public to share what Fort Drum means to the North Country via a special online form, available here

The comments are being collected in advance of a  “Community Listening Session” hosted by Major General Stephen Townsend on April 25th at 5:00 p.m. at Case Middle School in Watertown.

April 22, 2013
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Honoring Outstanding Veterans In Our Community

Senator Mark Grisanti is looking forward to honoring a worthy veteran from our community whose service on behalf of our nation designates worthy of induction to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

This on-line Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community.

“The Senate takes this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve our nation and protect our freedom as members of the military, said Senator Grisanti.  “The Senate Veterans Hall of Fame pays tribute to all who serve, but also singles out for special recognition those whose sacrifices and service have helped make our nation and our community better places to live.”

April 22, 2013
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RITCHIE JOINS 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION COMMANDER TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

Volunteers Recognized for Nearly 185,000 Hours of Service

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined MG Stephen Townsend Thursday for Fort Drum’s annual Volunteer of the Year ceremony, where volunteers were honored for their 184,770 hours of service on the post last year. 

As the featured guest speaker, Senator Ritchie thanked the more than 50 volunteers being honored for their time and their service.

April 19, 2013
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PRESS RELEASE: Senator Bonacic Invites Nominations for New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame

Attached is a press release from Senator Bonacic outlining information regarding nominations for the New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame.

April 19, 2013
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Senator Klein Announces Tax Credits for Small Businesses; Highlights Impact on Bronx Businesses

BRONX, NY - Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), alongside over 35 business owners in the Bronx and Westchester, announced specific tax credits and reforms passed in the budget that will deliver targeted help to small businesses. The press conference was held at Spoto's, a local restaurant in the Bronx.

Senator Jeffrey D. Klein said, “With the early, bipartisan passage of the 2013-14 budget, I am proud to announce that this budget reflects a commitment to helping our small businesses grow. I have always believed that small, locally-owned businesses are the backbone of our communities and I am pleased to have announced specific provisions in the budget that will help to support them.

April 19, 2013
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REMINDER: VETERANS HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS DUE FRIDAY

Nominees to be Honored at Ft. Drum Event on May 10th

 State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding people in Central and Northern New York that nominations are due Friday for induction in the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame.” 

The Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who have served their country in the US Armed Forces and made significant contributions to their communities.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM

April 16, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Joins Senator Zeldin To Announce Expanded Funding Of PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer-To-Peer Veterans Counseling Program

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently joined with Senator Lee M. Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and his other colleagues in the State Senate to announce that funding for the continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program has been included in the recently approved 2013-14 state budget.

Initiated by Senator Zeldin, the program provides “peer-to-peer” counseling for veterans suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Since its inception last year, the program has been assisting veterans in four test counties:  Suffolk, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Jefferson. 

April 15, 2013
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Local Korean War Veteran Receives Military Medals from Senator Young

Sergeant Edwards worked on one of the military’s first ever remote-controlled tanks

April 12, 2013
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Nominate An Outstanding Veteran

ONEONTA, 04/12/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today invited local residents to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation designates them worthy of induction into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

“The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life,” said Senator Seward.  “Their meritorious service to our nation deserves the special recognition that only a hall of fame can provide, as a fitting expression of our gratitude and admiration.”

April 12, 2013
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New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Please complete this nomination form as completely and accurately as possible.  Your nominee must reside in the 51st Senatorial District (http://www.nysenate.gov/district/51).  

The nomination process is not yet complete...please provide a 250 word (or less) biography of your nominee with a high-resolution digital photo to Senator Seward's Communication Director, Jeff Bishop <jbishop@nysenate.gov> with "Veterans" as the subject.

April 11, 2013
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O'Mara: Submit a nomination for the Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame

Albany, N.Y., April 4—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) announced today that he’s accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame” -- an online tribute to the military and civilian lives of distinguished veterans from across New York State.

April 5, 2013
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