Issues: Veterans

Watch Rear Admiral Richard West Deliver the Keynote Address at the Dedication of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Watch Rear Admiral Richard West, USN (Ret.), a genuine naval hero with deep roots to the Sampson Naval Base and the Finger Lakes Region, deliver the Keynote Address at the Dedication Ceremony for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Admiral West is a distinguished and accomplished naval veteran, whose 38-year career has encompassed a wide range of operational experience, high-level assignments, and leadership positions.

August 11, 2011
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PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR

 

Senator Skelos and Senator Larkin are pictured next to the Purple Heart Monument during a tour of the Purple Heart Hall of Honor last week.  The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of America's servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented.

 

August 8, 2011
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Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Senator Bill Larkin meet with Brigadier General Theodore Martin at West Point

NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, along with Senator Bill Larkin, recently met with Brigadier General Theodore Martin, Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy, during a recent tour of the Academy.

August 8, 2011
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Route 15A in Lima to be Renamed the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently signed legislation into law (S. 3242 - Gallivan) that will designate the portion of Route 15A that runs through the Town of Lima as the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”.

“Every corner of this state has a rich tradition of national service and every citizen owes a degree of gratitude to all those who have served through the years. That is even more true for the residents of Lima,” Gallivan said. “Lima was founded by veterans of the Revolutionary War and the town has sent its sons and daughters to defend America in every one of our nation’s major armed conflicts. This designation is a fitting tribute to both the town and its tradition of military service.”

August 5, 2011
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VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE OFFICIAL DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR THE SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY

After over a decade of hard work and years of planning, the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery was officially dedicated on Saturday, July 30th. More than 1,200 people, including hundreds of veterans, attended the ceremony.

August 5, 2011
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Senator Nozzolio Remarks on the Dedication Ceremony for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Watch Senator Nozzolio's remarks reflecting on the momentous dedication ceremony for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery and the hallowed ground where our courageous servicemen and women will be forever memorialized.

August 5, 2011
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Senator Nozzolio Speaks with Admiral Richard West and Commander Tom Watt at the Dedication of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery

On Saturday, July 30th, the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery was officially dedicated. Before the dedication ceremony began, Senator Nozzolio spoke with Rear Admiral Richard West, who was Keynote Speaker, and Commander Tom Watt, who served as Master of Ceremonies.The cemetery had been scheduled to open May 21.

August 2, 2011
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NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame Honoree William Stratis and his wife Joyce with Senator Bill Larkin

NYS Senator Bill Larkin presents a framed photo and biography to William and Joyce Stratis on the occasion of Mr. Stratis being nominated to the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame for his outstanding military service.

July 27, 2011
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LARKIN HONORS LOCAL VETERAN FOR HIS SERVICE


William Stratis Named To The NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced that he has nominated William Stratis to the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

 

"It is an honor and a privilege for me to have nominated Bill Stratis to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame," said Larkin. "His dedication to the veterans of the Hudson Valley, coupled with the sacrifices he made during his time in the military, make him an outstanding addition to the Hall of Fame and an inspiration to all," said Larkin.

 

July 27, 2011
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SENATOR ADDABBO THANKS VETERANS WITH 3rd ANNUAL BARBEQUE

Queens, NY, July 25, 2011 – Before the summer passes all too quickly, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), a member of the Senate’s Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs Committee, wants to invite all local veterans and their families to his 3nd Annual Veterans’ Barbeque, outside his Howard Beach office.  Save the date:  

July 26, 2011
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LOCAL MUSICIANS TO PERFORM AT THE SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY DEDICATION JULY 30th

Music Director Andy Stobie, a popular local musician with a unique personal  connection to the former Sampson Naval Base, will lead the two dozen members of the Seneca Falls Community Band as they perform at the dedication of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery on July 30th.

July 25, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SALUTES THE WOUNDED WARRIORS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today joined with hundreds of local residents and cyclists in support of the annual Wounded Warriors bike ride. The ride helped raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides aid to seriously wounded military veterans. As part of the ride, over 30 Wounded Warriors, joined by hundreds of others local residents and cyclists, traveled 23 miles from Babylon Town Hall to Overlook Beach. Senator Fuschillo honored the Wounded Warriors at the ride’s kick-off ceremony hosted by Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone at Babylon Town Hall.

July 22, 2011
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RECORDONLINE: NOW, VETS CAN GET DENTAL, VISION DISCOUNTS

By Michael Randall

NEW WINDSOR — Dental and vision care are not among the benefits returning veterans receive once they separate from the service.

But a new program aimed at filling that void was announced Thursday at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

It's not a government program but a private business venture called Smiling On America's Heroes, in which local lawyer and Orange County Republican Party Chairman Bill DeProspo is a principal.

July 22, 2011
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BALL’S VETERANS CEMETERY BILL

Chairman Ball Urges Action on Honor Deserving of New York Veterans

Carmel, N.Y. – (07/21/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, held a meeting in Putnam County to get the word out about legislation(S5381A/A1386A) that would create a State Veterans Cemetery in New York. The informational meeting, which was held at the Spain Memorial Cornerstone Park in Carmel, N.Y., was designed to educate the public about the legislation, as well as the United States Veterans Cemetery Grant Program.

July 21, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS BALL, CASTELLI MILITARY PROTECTION ACT

Brewster,  N.Y. – (07/18/11) – A bill that protects the jobs of public employees who are called to serve their country is now on the books in New York State. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed The Ball, Castelli Military Protection Act (S4583A) into law. The bill, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge), protects public employees’ jobs when they are absent on military duty.

July 21, 2011
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LOCAL NAVY RESERVE COMMANDER TOM WATT WILL BE MASTER OF CEREMONIES AT SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY DEDICATION JULY 30th

Commander Tom Watt, USN (Ret.) will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the official dedication ceremony for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery on July 30th. In addition to his 20 years of service to our Nation including a year of duty in the Arabian Gulf, Mr. Watt is the Supervisor of Sampson State Park.

July 20, 2011
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July 19, 2011
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