Issues: Veterans

SENATOR FUSCHILLO & ASSEMBLYMAN McDONOUGH JOIN WITH WANTAGH AMERICAN LEGION IN HONORING THE FOUR CHAPLAINS

           Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo speaks about the Four Chaplains’ heroism during the Wantagh American Legion’s annual Four Chaplains’ Remembrance Ceremony. 

February 4, 2013
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SENATOR CARLUCCI PROPOSES "JOBS FOR HEROES" LEGISLATION TO BOOST STATEWIDE ECONOMY, REDUCE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG RETURNING VETERANS POST 9/11

Tax credits will benefit all employers who hire a post-9/11 war veteran to a new, full-time job

CONGERS, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates amongst New York’s returning combat veterans, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester today introduced legislation to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11.

February 4, 2013
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O'Mara supporting renewed push for 'Hire-a-Vet' tax credit

Albany, N.Y., January 31—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) today said that he will seek to co-sponsor and strongly support legislation in the Senate to provide a tax credit to state businesses that hire veterans returning home from military service.

O’Mara highlighted federal Bureau of Labor statistics from 2012 showing that unemployment reached a staggering 20 percent for veterans under the age of 30 who have recently returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Moreover, statistics show that a significant number of recently returned veterans report service-connected disabilities.

January 31, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Bipartisan Group of Senators Propose Tax Credit for Local Businesses Hiring Young Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates amongst New York’s returning combat veterans, Independent Democratic Conference Leader and Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, alongside fellow IDC member Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland), Republican Senator Greg Ball (R-Putnam) and a bipartisan group of Senators from across New York, introduced legislation today to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.”

January 29, 2013
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Senator David Valesky Co-sponsors Legislation to Enact Veterans Hiring Tax Credit to Boost Statewide Economy and Reduce High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates among New York’s returning combat veterans, Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) is co-sponsoring legislation  (S.3043) to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.” 

January 29, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Senator Young Presents Posthumous Medal to Local WWII Veteran

First Lieutenant Wicks was part of several combat missions and was a POW for many months

DANSVILLE – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) awarded four service medals today to the family of the late First Lieutenant Robert W. Wicks, who courageously fought during World War II. First Lieutenant Wicks’ family will be receiving the Prisoner of War Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. The ceremony took place at the Daniel Goho American Legion Post #87 in Dansville.

January 22, 2013
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SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2013Media Contact: Daniel Torres | 845.463.0840 | Media@TerryGipsonNY.com

SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY., - Dutchess and Putnam County State Senator Terry Gipson announced his committee assignments today.

January 19, 2013
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The Journal News: Rockland Community College interviews vets, many from WWII, to preserve lessons

The Journal News profiled a story on Senator Carlucci's program with Rockland Community College about how students are capturing World War II veterans' stories.  To read the article, click here.

January 4, 2013
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Suffolk Veterans Begin Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder Support Program

Newsday: December 10, 2012 9:44 PMUpdated: December 10, 2012 9:53 PMBy PAUL LAROCCO  paul.larocco@newsday.com  A small group of Suffolk war veterans will gather this week to help each other cope with post-traumatic stress disorder -- making the county one of the first to test a new peer-to-peer support program. County officials Monday launched the Pfc. Joseph Dwyer program, named after the Mount Sinai native who died from a drug overdose in 2008, five years after he was immortalized in a widely published photograph showing his rescue of a child during combat in Iraq.

December 11, 2012
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Senator Young Presents Medal to Family of WWII Veteran

Private First Class Taft served our nation during the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge

LIVONIA – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) awarded a New York State Conspicuous Service Cross Medal today to the family of Private First Class Mortimer Taft, who bravely served his county during World War II and passed away in 1969. The ceremony took place at the packed Harrison-Lee American Legion Post #283 in Livonia, NY.

December 10, 2012
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SENATOR CARLUCCI HOSTS VETERANS APPRECIATION BREAKFAST ON PEARL HARBOR DAY

Over 100 Veterans and Family Members Attend, Including World War II Servicemen

NYACK, NY – In commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today held his first annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast, offering a free brunch to scores of veterans who served in combat in World War II up through the war in Afghanistan.  Many of the attendees are members of the Senator's Veterans Advisory Committee. 

December 10, 2012
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PFC JOSEPH DWYER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Veteran Outreach Made Possible Through Grant Secured by Senator Ritchie

Returning veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat related illnesses can now get care through a new peer-support program located in Jefferson County. 

The PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans—located at 247 State Street in Watertown—was made possible in part through a grant secured by State Senator Patty Ritchie. 

December 7, 2012
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Pearl Harbor Day

Today, on the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we remember and honor the thousands of Americans who lost their lives and were wounded on that tragic day.

The attacks on Pearl Harbor were an assault upon our entire Nation and upon the sense of freedom, peace and safety we enjoy as American citizens.

In the wake of the attacks, America entered World War II and displayed our strength to the entire globe through the bravery of the members of our military who successfully defended our freedom and our Nation.

December 7, 2012
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Remembering Pearl Harbor ~ December 7, 1941

Remembering Pearl Harbor -- December 7, 1941 -- with reflections

from the Elmira Star-Gazette

 and the Associated Press.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 901 at 113 Keefe St. on Elmira’s Southside will hold an observance event at 11 a.m. today to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day. The public is welcome.

 

 

December 7, 2012
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CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW YORKERS SEND MORE THAN 2,200 HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO TROOPS

Senator Ritchie Partners with Radio Host, American Red Cross for ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’

Central and Northern New Yorkers have donated more than 2,200 holiday cards to State Senator Patty Ritchie’s offices for distribution to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations around the world through the American Red Cross program “Holiday Mail for Heroes.” 

Earlier this holiday season, Senator Ritchie partnered with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to enlist the public’s support for  the initiative.   

December 4, 2012
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'Christmas came early for one local veteran' -- watch and read more here

A great gathering yesterday in Erin in support of a local wounded veteran, Army Sgt. Robert Costley.

From WENY-TV: "Christmas came early for one local veteran."  Watch the full WENY newcast here.

Watch more on WETM-TV.

And read more in today's Corning Leader.

December 3, 2012
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