Issues: Veterans

WILL YOU STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM?

WILL YOU STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

Living in Upstate New York, it’s hard to imagine life without Fort Drum.  It’s soldiers are not only defenders of our freedom, they—and their families—are our friends, coworkers and neighbors.  In addition, the post also has an unparalleled positive impact on our region, supporting thousands of jobs and pumping roughly $1.4 billion into our economy annually. 

Currently, the military is studying what would happen if it cut 16,000 soldiers and civilians from Fort Drum.  In light of possible reductions, I’m teaming with local leaders and organizations, like the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization (FDRLO) to gather support for the post. 

August 11, 2014
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August 7, 2014 ~ National Purple Heart Recognition Day

Today, August 7, 2014, is National Purple Heart Recognition Day.

Senator O'Mara said it's a day to honor all of those who have served and continue to stand in defense of our nation.

August 7, 2014
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National Purple Heart Day is August 7th

Today is National Purple Heart Recognition Day – a day that provides every American with a  moment to reflect on the heroic actions of those who protect our way of life.  These brave men and women deserve our deep appreciation every day for their selfless efforts. 

Days like today are a great reminder of their sacrifice and I would like to say thank you to each and every one of our servicemembers – those currently serving and those who have served in the past – for their dedication to our nation.

August 7, 2014
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RITCHIE LAUNCHES PETITION IN SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM

Teams with FDRLO, Local Leaders as Army Considers Possible Troop Reductions 

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is teaming with the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization (FDRLO) and other local leaders to urge people to stand up for Fort Drum by signing an online petition launched today at www.StandUpForFortDrum.com

The petition follows a proposal by the Army to assess the impact of reducing troop levels to numbers not seen since the beginning of World War II.  Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine, which supports thousands of jobs and pumps roughly $1.4 billion into the local economy annually. 

“Ft. Drum is a huge part of the North Country—it’s a major job-creator, a significant part of our economy and its troops and their families are not only defenders of our freedom, they are also our friends and neighbors,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m joining forces with the FDRLO and local leaders to help send a clear message to the Army that Fort Drum is a vital part of our region, our state and our nation.  Our community has welcomed Fort Drum and now, we need to stand together to show our continued support and eagerness to help the post grow and succeed.”

August 6, 2014
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RITCHIE JOINS ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING VETERANS

Takes Part in First Meeting of “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs”

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined today with fellow members of the Council of State Governments “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs” to discuss ways to improve services and outreach to veterans and active members of our nation’s military. 

The discussion was the first for the group, which is tasked with identifying key issues facing veterans and  includes legislators and state officials from across the country.

“As the State Senator representing Fort Drum, I make it a priority to look out for the 18,000 soldiers, 20,000 family members and nearly 3,000 veterans who call our region home,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 5, 2014
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STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM

The Army is proposing troop cuts to levels not seen since the beginning of World War 2. Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine.

July 31, 2014
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Senator John A. DeFrancisco’s E-Cycling Event Raises $1,000 for Local Veterans Charity

On July 28, 2014, at East Syracuse Village Hall, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined Jon Nappa of Bruin Recycling and Alice Kim of Time Warner Cable to present a $1,000 check to Flags and Flowers for the Veterans. The donation was generated through an electronics recycling event, held this past June in East Syracuse, that Senator DeFrancisco sponsored, along with Time Warner Cable and Bruin Recycling.

July 30, 2014
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ADDABBO AND QUEENS COUNTY COUNCIL VFW HONOR LOCAL WWII VETERAN

Rockaway Park (July 30, 2014) – Seventy-four years ago, Leonard Miller, a WWII veteran, constructed his very own flagpole to stand proudly outside his Rockaway Park home. However, when Superstorm Sandy came through, it destroyed the creation beyond repair.

July 30, 2014
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"Stand Down" For United States Military Veterans

United States military veterans will "Stand Down" on Wednesday, August 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Connecticut Street Armory, located at 184 Connecticut Street in the City of Buffalo.Information will be available on eligibility information, veteran benefits, health care benefit information, disability benefits, substance abuse prevention, social and family services, educational opportunities, employment opportunities, housing information, VA health care screening and women veterans information.For more information about the event, send an e-mail to veteranstanddown@yahoo.com or call (716) 862-8885.

August 6, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Grisanti Names Kelly Carrigg 'Veteran Of The Month'

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently named Kelly Carrigg as the seventh recipient of his "Veteran of the Month" recognition program.

 

A resident of the Town of Hamburg who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, Carrigg is the seventh recipient of a monthly honor presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members in Grisanti's veterans liaison office.

 

July 28, 2014
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'Bill to honor fallen Dundee soldier advances'

Last summmer, Senator O'Mara was privileged to have the opportunity, together with Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, to secure the enactment of a new law naming a portion of State Route 14A between the town of Reading in Schuyler County and the village of Dundee in Yates County as the “Christopher J. Scott Memorial Highway.”

July 16, 2014
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At Senior Symposium, Senator Kennedy Announces New Legislation to Save Seniors Money

Over 300 senior citizens from the 63rd Senate District, covering Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Lackawanna, join Kennedy at outreach event to gain access to state agencies, local service-providers.

Kennedy presents state honors, the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, to World War II veterans from WNY.

July 15, 2014
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Senator Kennedy and Local Gold Star Mothers Lead Cheektowaga’s Independence Day Parade

Kennedy selected to serve as parade’s grand marshal, asks local Gold Star mothers to share the honor.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – In recognition of the sacrifices made by so many brave Western New Yorkers while serving in our nation’s armed forces, Senator Tim Kennedy invited local Gold Star mothers to join him in leading Cheektowaga’s Independence Day parade today.

When Senator Kennedy was selected to serve as grand marshal for the parade, he wanted to share the honor with area residents who deserve our deepest gratitude for the sacrifices their families made to keep our nation strong and free. He asked local Gold Star mothers, who lost children in service to our nation, to share the grand marshal honors with him.

July 4, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin: NYS Names Bridge for Local Veteran

July 3, 2014 Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570  cumolett@nysenate.gov

July 3, 2014
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Governor Signs Bill Naming Highway For Fallen Ulster County Soldier

ONEONTA, 07/03/14 – A portion of New York State Highway 44/55 in Ulster County will be renamed in honor of United States Army Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II under legislation signed into law today.  The legislation (S.7824) was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and pays tribute to the young soldier killed on April 28th in Afghanistan.   

July 3, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin Welcomes Islip Town Supervisor Home from Deployment

RONKONKOMA—On Wednesday, June 2, 2014, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C—Shirley) welcomed home long-time friend and Islip Town Supervisor, Commander Tom Croci, USN-Intel officer, from his 3rd deployment to Afghanistan.

On this last deployment, Commander Croci was stationed in Afghanistan from September 28, 2013-June 22, 2014 while supporting special operations forces. A Hero’s welcome was held at MacArthur Airport in his honor and Senator Zeldin was on hand to present the Supervisor with a proclamation and to thank him for his dedicated service to our nation.

Senator Zeldin is pictured above with Commander Croci during the ceremony.

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July 3, 2014
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Councilman inducted into state Hall of Fame

By Michael Regan michael.regan@tonawanda-news.com 

The Tonawanda News

July 3, 2014
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A local veteran will lead the state Veterans of Foreign Wars

Throughout this upcoming July 4th holiday weekend, we'll be expressing our patriotism and celebrating American independence -- which means that we'll be remembering and thanking all of our veterans, past and present, for their sacrifice and service.

With that in mind, congratulations to one of the region's most well-known veterans, William "Doc" Schmitz of Corning, who's been named the New York Department Commander of the state Veterans of Foreign Wars.  

July 2, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMED TO NATIONWIDE VETERANS PANEL

Group Will Explore Ways to Improve Services, Outreach to Those Who Served

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been picked to be part of a nationwide group looking at ways to improve services and outreach to veterans and active members of America’s military.

The Council of State Governments “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs” includes legislators and elected state leaders from across the country. The panel is charged with identifying key veterans’ issues and best-practices that are already in use in various states. The group’s findings will be used to help draft legislative proposals in New York and other states to aid veterans.

“As the State Senator who represents the largest military post in the Northeast, and tens of thousands of veterans who served from World War II to the continuing battles against terrorism, I’ve given top priority to the needs of veterans and active duty members of our military,” said Senator Ritchie, whose district includes Fort Drum, home to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

July 1, 2014
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Grisanti Names Joseph Pasek ‘Veteran Of The Month’

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently named Joseph Pasek as the sixth recipient of his “Veteran of the Month” recognition program.

A resident of the City of Tonawanda who served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, Pasek is the sixth recipient of a monthly honor presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members in Grisanti’s veterans liaison office.

June 30, 2014
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