Issues: Veterans

GOV. CUOMO SIGNS 'CERJAN HIGHWAY' BILL

New Connector Road to be Named in Honor of Fort Drum Soldier

July 3, 2012
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On eve of nation's July 4th observance, Governor Cuomo signs O'Mara-Palmesano legislation to designate the 'Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway' in tribute to fallen local hero

Albany, N.Y., July 3-Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) to designate a portion of I-390 in Steuben County as the “Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway” has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The designation (S.7739/A.10726/Chapter 101 of the Laws of 2012), which was unanimously approved by the Legislature two weeks ago, honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County, who was killed on June 4, 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Snyder was the first female soldier from western New York to die in the war.

July 3, 2012
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RITCHIE’S ‘VOICES OF AMERICA’ PROJECT IS MAKING HISTORY

Local Veterans Memories to be Made Part of State Archives

July 3, 2012
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ENCOURAGING COLD WAR VETERANS TO APPLY FOR RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

State Senator Mike Nozzolio is encouraging local servicemen and women to apply for a Federal program that gives recognition to our valued veterans and government employees who served our Nation during the Cold War.

“It has long been my belief that there is no greater debt of honor than that which every American citizen owes to individuals who selflessly served our Nation during times of need,” said Senator Nozzolio. “The courage, preparedness and dedication of thousands of servicemen and women was crucial in keeping our Country safe and secure during the Cold War, and I am pleased that this important recognition is available to those who served at this challenging time.”

July 2, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE HONORS OSWEGO COUNTY VETERAN HERB PELTON

Visits Central Square Veterans Memorial Park 

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently toured American Legion Post 915 and Veteran’s Memorial Park in Central Square.

July 2, 2012
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Legislature approves designation of 'Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway' in Steuben County to honor life, service of fallen soldier

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Legislature has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C, Corning) to designate a portion of I-390 in Steuben County as the “Sergeant Devin Snyder Memorial Highway.”

The designation honors the memory and pays tribute to the life and service of United States Army Sgt. Devin A. Snyder of Cohocton, Steuben County, who was killed on June 4, 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Snyder was the first female soldier from western New York to die in the war.

June 21, 2012
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Honoring The 65th Infantry Regiment Borinqueneers

Senator Owen H. Johnson was a proud co-sponsor of the New York State Senate Resolution honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic-segregated unit in the United States Military history.The 65th Infantry Regiment was created in 1899 and became better known as the Borinqueneers from the word Borinquen, the name by which the native Taino Indians called Puerto Rico.“In co-sponsoring this Legislative Resolution, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation and eternal gratitude to the Borinqueneers. More than 20,000 Puerto Ricans have served courageously as Borinqueneers since World War I.  Today we honor and thank them for their sacrifices, courageous acts and service to our country.”   

June 21, 2012
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June 21, 2012
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Senator O'Mara welcomes area veterans' services leaders to the Senate Chamber

Albany, N.Y., June 21—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) recently welcomed two area veterans’ services leaders to the historic Senate Chamber on Women Veterans Recognition Day in Albany.

“Amy and Joan served our nation bravely and courageously and continue their service to this very day through their extraordinary commitment to the well-being of our local veterans,” said Senator O’Mara.  “I appreciated this opportunity to express our admiration and gratitude for the difference they’re making in so many lives.”

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO LET ‘GOLD STAR’ MOMS KEEP PLATES

Measure Sparked by Case of CNY Woman Forced to Surrender Commemorative License that Honored Fallen Son

June 21, 2012
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Senate approves 'Hire-a-Vet' legislation

Albany, N.Y., June 20—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) voted in favor of legislation approved by the Senate yesterday to provide tax credits to state businesses that hire returning and wounded veterans.

O’Mara highlighted federal Bureau of Labor statistics showing that unemployment has 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.

June 20, 2012
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LARKIN AND STATE SENATE HONOR THE BORINQUENEERS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and the New York State Senate today passed a Legislative Resolution honoring the Borinqueneers, the only all Puerto Rican unit in United States Military history.

The 65th Infantry Regiment, more commonly known as the “Borinqueneers,” was an all Puerto Rican unit that served in the United States Armed Forces during WWI, WWII and the Korean War.  The Borinqueneers served with distinction and earned numerous awards and decorations including: two Presidential Unit Citations, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, and two Republic of Korea Unit Citations. 

June 19, 2012
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HONORING THE NORTH COUNTRY'S PARTNERSHIP WITH FORT DRUM

Senator Ritchie Joins Local Leaders to Sign the “Army Community Covenant”State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Army, national, state and local leaders for the signing of the “Army Community Covenant,” at a ceremony held at Watertown’s Salmon Run Mall.Created in 2008 by the Secretary of the Army, the Army Community Covenant program was designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families. Today’s Community Covenant renewal signing ceremony symbolized our community’s commitment to our local military here at Ft. Drum

June 16, 2012
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Senator Parker Honors Our Fallen Heroes

Contact: Ricja Rice ‌‌‌‌‌| rrice@nysenate.gov | 518-455-2580 ph |518-426-6843 fax

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2012

June 13, 2012
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LIVINGSTON COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE UNANIMOUSLY

Gallivan Seeks To Designate Part Of Route 20A In Honor Of Area Vets

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4752 - Gallivan) to designate a portion of State Route 20A in Livingston County as the “Livingston County Veterans Memorial Highway.” The portion to be designated begins at State Route 20A’s intersection with Route I-390 and continues west to Livingston County’s border with Wyoming County.

June 13, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN HONORS LOCAL VETERAN

Joseph R. Farina Nominated to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

 Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has nominated Joseph R. Farina to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame at a ceremony today held at the National Purple Heart Hall ofHonor in New Windsor.  Mr. Farina served in the United States Army and attained the rank of Sergeant serving with distinction in the Southwest Pacific and the Philippine Islands. 

June 8, 2012
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6/5/2012: Women's Health Forum

On June 5, 2012, Senator Shirley L. Huntley along with members of the Senate Democratic Conference addressed and discussed a myriad of topics related to Women’s Health in a public forum format. Senator Huntley’s Military Sexual Trauma bill (S. 6342-C) was discussed by special guest speaker Ardeane Greene-Cook, a retired veteran, survivor of MST, and advocate of female soldiers and veterans.

June 5, 2012
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Kril Inducted Into Senate Veterans’ Hall Of Fame

The Queens Gazette posted an article about Senator Gianaris honoring Jerry Kril as this year's Veterans' Hall of Fame inductee.

State Senator Michael Gianaris was on hand to honor Astoria’s Jerry Kril in the state senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame 2012 Celebration on May 22 in Albany. Kril was recognized for his outstanding service to the United States Army, First Infantry Division, and for his dedication to the Astoria community, particularly in the area of veterans’ affairs. Kril received an honorable discharge from the army in 1970.

 

“I congratulate Jerry Kril for his decorated service to the United States Army and his ongoing commitment to helping the lives of his fellow veterans,” Gianaris said.

June 4, 2012
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