Issues: Veterans

REAR ADMIRAL RICHARD WEST WILL BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY DEDICATION CEREMONY JULY 30th

A genuine naval hero with deep roots to the Sampson Naval Base and the Finger Lakes Region will be the featured speaker at the dedication ceremony for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Rear Admiral Richard West, USN (Ret.), is a distinguished and accomplished naval veteran, whose career has encompassed a wide range of operational experience, high-level assignments, and leadership positions.

July 15, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Celebrates Purple Heart “Forever” Stamp

Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) presented a poster commemorating the introduction of the Purple Heart stamp as a Forever stamp to Commander Tim Lenihan (above right) of the William F. Taylor VFW Post 9486 in Lake Ronkonkoma. Senator Zeldin (above left), a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also the Senior Vice-Commander of VFW Post 8651 of the Mastics and Shirley.

The United States Postal Service officially unveiled and issued the Purple Heart Forever stamp on May 5, 2011 in San Diego, California.

The new classification ensures the Purple Heart stamp will continue in circulation and supporters will no longer need to advocate for its reissuance each time the price of stamps increases.

July 11, 2011
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Times-Herald: Lack of burial plots for veterans looms

7/4/2011 - Since the days when battles of the American Revolution were fought here, people in the mid-Hudson have sought to honor in death those local residents who have served the nation in uniform.

July 11, 2011
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Examiner: Putnam Leg. Moves Forward on Veterans’ Cemetery

7/1/2011 - The Putnam County Legislature voted 7-1 to agree to take on the perpetual care, operations and maintenance of a proposed veterans’ cemetery in Southeast – should it be built – at a special full meeting at the Historic Courthouse in Carmel Wednesday night. Legislators, though, expressed concerns over financial and environmental issues and added wording to the resolution to ensure the project wouldn’t move forward without them having a second shot at it with more time to research the plan. …

July 11, 2011
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LoHud: Vietnam memorial replica will come to Putnam; vets raise money

7/4/2011 - Former service members, families and friends will have a chance to remember those who fell in the Vietnam War when a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial comes to Putnam County.

July 11, 2011
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Former commander of Blazing Star Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, nominated for inclusion in Veterans' Hall of Fame

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - ROSSVILLE - A true-blue patriot, Jordan T. Czerniawski fought for his country in the Korean War. And long after his active-duty days were over, he pledged his time to local veterans while remaining a fixture in the community as an upstanding individual. Czerniawski was honored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) earlier this month with a nomination into the New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame. The Rossville resident's wife of 59 years, Phyllis, accepted the honor on his behalf. Czerniawski, 79, passed away last December. The Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans in New York who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.

July 11, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HOLDS FREE VETERANS BREAKFAST TO THANK VETERANS FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY

            Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo says “thank you” to one of the many local veterans who took part in his veterans pancake breakfast.  

July 9, 2011
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READ REAL LIFE STORIES OF LOCAL HEROES WHO WILL BE BURIED AT THE SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY

In a few short weeks, a lasting, permanent memorial honoring our Nation’s veterans will be established on the site the former Sampson Naval and Air Force Base where over a million sailors and airmen trained in preparation for battle to defend America.

July 7, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Invites Army Sergeant Sandra Jablonski Bourque to Join him as Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal

Sergeant Bourque was inducted into the State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame in June

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – In recognition of the sacrifices made by Western New York veterans to build and preserve our nation, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced he has invited Army Sergeant Sandra Jablonski Bourque to join him in sharing the honor of grand marshal of the Cheektowaga Independence Day Parade.

Sergeant Bourque, a Depew resident and veteran of the Iraq War, will lead the parade alongside Senator Kennedy, who nominated Bourque for induction into the State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame this year.

July 1, 2011
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Sen. Jeff Klein, Bronx BP Diaz hold Annual 'New York Salutes America' Celebration

Thousands of New Yorkers from the Bronx and beyond joined Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), and Bronx Borrough President Ruben Diaz Jr. last night for the annual 'New York Salutes America' fireworks spectacular.

View Photos from the Event Here

July 1, 2011
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SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY TO OPEN JULY 30th

After years of work and planning, the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery will officially open in less than 30 days.

June 30, 2011
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SENATOR FLANAGAN PROUDLY INDUCTS BILL BEATTY INTO SENATE VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME

Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently had the privilege of presenting Mr. Bill Beatty of Centereach as his honoree for induction into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Albany.  Mr. Beatty, who was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Veronica, was honored for his service to his country during the Korean War and his continued dedication to fellow veterans since his service ended.

Mr. Beatty served as a Corporal in the 40th Infantry Division, 160th Infantry Regiment as part of the Regimental Combat Team and saw action in the Iron Triangle – the area in Korea bounded by Ch'orwon, Kumhwa, and Pyonggang.

June 29, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE STATEMENT ON END OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Agreement on property tax relief ‘caps’ year when Albany started working again

The 2011 legislative session, my first as the State Senator representing Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, will be remembered as the year Albany started working again.

Partnering with our new Governor, Andrew Cuomo, we kept our promise to reduce taxes and spending, and took the first steps toward putting New York on a new path to better jobs and a stronger economy.

We passed an on-time budget and historic ethics reform to rebuild New Yorkers’ trust and confidence in their government and elected officials.

We “capped” it all off with a two-percent property tax cap that provides certainty and relief to homeowners and businesses, and will stop the flow of families, businesses and jobs out of New York.

June 27, 2011
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Ball, Castelli, Announce Landmark Protections

 

Military Employment Protection Bill Passed NYS Senate and Assembly

Albany, N.Y. – (06/23/11) – New York’s public employees who are called up to serve their country will soon have one less thing to worry about. Their jobs! Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, sponsored and passed a piece of legislation (S4583A) that protects a public employees’ job when they are absent on military duty.

June 23, 2011
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Harry Cronin Inducted into New York State Senate Hall of Fame Veteran

     Senator Betty Little is pictured with World War II and Korean War veteran Harry Cronin.  Mr. Cronin was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Albany on June 14, 2011.  A Navy veteran, Mr. Cronin was commended for his military service and his continuing advocacy on behalf of veterans.  Mr. Cronin served as Deputy of the New York State American Legion Legislative Conference.  For the past 13 years, he has been a member of the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard, ensuring that every veteran interred at the cemetery receives a proper military burial service.

 

June 22, 2011
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A Deserving Tribute for New York’s Heroes

Veterans’ Cemetery Bill Passes NYS Senate

June 21, 2011
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Annual Veterans BBQ sponsored by Senator Addabbo

Senator Addabbo would like to thank all the veterans that have proudly served this country with a FREE BBQ. Please RSVP to 718-738-1111.

August 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Honoring Chuck Murphy

Senator John DeFrancisco recognizes Sergeant Major Charles Murphy of the US Army on his induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 20, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO SUPPORTS LEGISLATION PROTECTING FALLEN VETERANS FROM DISRESPECTFUL FUNERAL PROTESTS

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio announced that the Senate has adopted legislation he fought to enact that establishes stronger restrictions on demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services.

June 20, 2011
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