On Friday January 13, 2012 Stanley Maziarz of North Tonawanda was honored at a reception held by the Sikora Post in North Tonawanda for being named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the President of France. Senator Maziarz had the distinct pleasure of speaking about Stanley's great accomplishments as well as presenting him with his original letter from President Nicholas Sarkozy framed. Senator was joined at this event by numerous veteran members of the Sikora Post, Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour, North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, City of Tonawanda Mayor and North Tonawanda native Ron Pilozzi and elected officials from the City of North Tonawanda. Senatory Maziarz stated that it was a pleasure to attend such an event to honor a hero of this country.
Brewster, N.Y. – (1/16/11) – The students at Yorktown High School will welcome Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C – Patterson) traveling Veterans’ Wall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon in Yorktown, NY. Dr. Ralph Napolitano will emcee the ceremony, and the students will say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the National Anthem.
The traveling Veterans’ Wall of Fame was unveiled at John Jay Middle School in Cross River on Thursday, Jan. 12. The wall pays tribute to the 27 veterans from throughout Hudson Valley who were honored at a Veterans’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony in November. Each city, town and village within state Senator Greg Ball’s district was asked to nominate a veteran. Retired Private First Class Robert Joseph Williams of South Salem represented Lewisboro. It was the inaugural unveiling of the wall, which will be transported to other communities over the next three months. Each veteran’s picture and story appears on the wall.
CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – It was a simple enough display: door-like panels were opened in a zigzag accordion fashion with each panel displaying a series of placards that contained a photo of an area war vet and his biography.
Today at North Tonawanda City Hall, Senator George Maziarz thanked two local veterans, John Zaleski and Walt Buchalski, for their advocacy on behalf of those who have served their country in the military. The two North Tonawanda residents presented Senator Maziarz with the idea for a new law (Chapter 16 of the Laws of 2011) that encourages municipalities to erect bulletin boards displaying helpful information for veterans in their city, town or village halls. In turn, Senator Maziarz, presented John and Walt with framed “pen certificates” in honor of Governor Cuomo signing the bill into law last year.
We owe a great deal to the men and women of our armed services, as well as parents whose children were lost in the preservation of our freedom.
While state legislators recognize there are no perfect words or gestures to appropriately express our gratitude, we do try to recognize this sacrifice by making it easier for veterans to live and work in New York.
Review Cites Progress For New York On Taxpayer Protection, Public Safety, Economic Justice, Public Integrity, Civil Rights & Environmental Protection
The Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued an end-of-the-year review detailing many of its accomplishments in areas including public safety, economic justice, taxpayer protection, public integrity, civil rights and environmental protection.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced today that he has officially introduced legislation (S.6061) to designate a stretch of Rt. 20A as "Wyoming County Veterans Highway". The portion to be designated traverses 16 miles between the intersection of Rt. 20A and Rt. 98, in the Hamlet of Varysburg, and the intersection of Rt. 20A and Rt. 246 in the Town of Sheldon.
OLEAN – A former Green Beret who served for two tours in the U.S. Army was honored on Thursday with long overdue awards he never received.
Sgt. Mark Close of Olean was surrounded by friends and family at a special ceremony held at Senator Catharine Young’s office where he received the Korea Defense Service Medal, the New York State Medal For Merit, and the Cold War Recognition Certificate.
“It always is a tremendous privilege to present medals to deserving veterans like Sgt. Close. As a Green Beret, Sgt. Close went through intense training in order to better protect our country. Like all veterans, he is deserving of our respect and gratitude and it is my honor to thank him for his outstanding service,” said Senator Young.
On December 7th, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution commemorating Pearl Harbor Day in honor of the American lives lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii in 1941. Four days later, Senator Stewart-Cousins presented a copy of the resolution to Harold Dworetzky, Chairman of the Yonkers Central Committee of Veterans following a Flag raising event the group held at the historic Sherwood House in Yonkers.
Mahopac, N.Y. – (11/12/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, along with volunteers hosted a free thanksgiving dinner for close to 600 veterans and their families at the Mahopac Fire House.