Issues: Veterans

3/14/2011: Public Hearing on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

Agenda: To understand the needs of New York State veterans as well as gauge the quality of services they are currently receiving and how we can better serve them

March 14, 2011
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Newsday: Bonds sought for protests at funerals

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/bonds-sought-for-protests-at-funerals-1.2755269

Bonds sought for protests at funerals

March 12, 2011 by APRIL WARREN. Special to Newsday

Local lawmakers called for state legislation Saturday to bar protesters from military funerals unless they posted a bond to cover extra security costs.

The proposal came in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month that upheld a Kansas church's right to demonstrate outside soldiers' funerals.

March 13, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin and Assemblyman Dean Murray Introduce Legislation to Ban Protests at Military Funerals

“The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act”

Mastic Beach, NY- Hometown State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) announced today before a crowd of more than 100 Veterans, supporters and media that they are introducing legislation to ban protests at Military Funerals.  It will be named “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act” (S.3901). 

March 12, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 10:00 AM, Monday, March 14, 2011 CAP 124

March 14, 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Senator Gianaris Questions Why Federal Goverment Sent a Constituent 32 US Government License Plates--New York Post, Feb. 24, 2011

Man gets fed plates in security botch

By Chuck Bennett

It's enough to drive someone mad.

In a stunning security lapse, the federal General Services Administration mistakenly shipped nearly three dozen license plates marked "U.S. Government -- For Official Use Only" to a humble Queens accountant, The Post has learned......

 

Unsure of what to do with the plates, he handed them over to state Sen. Michael Gianaris, whose district office is in the same building.

 

But, Gianaris said, the GSA didn't appear overly concerned.

"The reaction we got was that this was business as usual," he said.

March 10, 2011
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UPDATE: 2011 Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride

The 2011 Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride will be held on Friday, July 22, 2011.  They will be leaving Babylon Town Hall by 9:30 a.m.(not 10:00 a.m. as previously released).  Groups organizing to greet them along the route should note the  new departure time.

To make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

July 22, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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March 9, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Press Conference: State Senator Lee M. Zeldin to Hold a Press Conference Introducing The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act

Hauppauge, NY-  State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will be holding a press conference on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 1 PM, to announce the introduction of the Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act.  The event will take place at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, NY.   The family of Specialist Thomas Wilwerth, along with dozens of Veterans, are expected to attend in support.

March 12, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senate Passes Bill to Strenthen Voting Process for Military Voters

Measure has Governor’s backing and is set to become law

The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

“It’s the right time to make this change, and it’s a sound piece of legislation. It ensures that New York’s servicemen and servicewomen are given every reasonable opportunity to have their voices heard and their votes counted in special elections,” said O’Mara, who noted that the new law is expected to be in effect for an upcoming special election in western New York’s 26th Congressional District.

March 7, 2011
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State Senator Zeldin Calls on Governor Andrew Cuomo to Support Military Protest Ban

Zeldin Commends Supreme Court Justice Alito for Dissenting Today in Snyder v. Phelps, et al.

Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act To Be Introduced Next Week

“I am disappointed in the United States Supreme Court for its decision today in Snyder v. Phelps. I further would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder who lost his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This story has defined for our nation the existence of two American heroes, Lance Corporal Snyder and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

March 2, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Meets With New York State’s VFW Legislative Committee

Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently met with members of the New York State VFW Legislative Committee in Albany.  Senator Zeldin, a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, had the opportunity to discuss issues of top importance to our veterans community.  Zeldin, a Senior Vice-Commander of his VFW Post, is currently a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs.  

March 2, 2011
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Gerald Wolters Receives Purple Heart

On Thursday, February 24th, Senator Robach attended a ceremony where North Chili resident Gerald Wolters was presented a Purple Heart by United States Senator Charles Schumer. The event took place at the Blue Cross Area at the Rochester War Memorial. Wolters, a corporal in the Army and deployed to Korea, was seriously injured and then captured on December 1, 1950. He was held as a prisoner of war for more than 2 and a half years. He was released and discharged from the Army on October 12, 1953.

March 1, 2011
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Public Hearing: To consider opportunities to improved New York State’s Homeland Security Operations and how far we have come since September 11th 2001

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallPublic Hearing: To consider opportunities to improved New York State’s Homeland Security Operations and how far we have come since September 11th 2001Place: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796Media Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 8, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Public Hearing: To understand the needs of New York State veterans as well as gauge the quality of services they are currently receiving and how we can better serve them

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallPublic Hearing: To understand the needs of New York State veterans as well as gauge the quality of services they are currently receiving and how we can better serve themPlace: State Capitol Building, Room 124, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Krista Gobins (845-531-9796Media Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 14, 11:00 AM - 12:33 PM
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Westchester News Online: Jobs For Veterans Roundtable

Westchester News Online covered the Senator's attendance at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Jobs For Veterans Roundtable discussion on Tuesday February 22nd. Click here to read the story. 

February 25, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Room 816 LOB

March 1, 1:30 PM - 1:40 PM
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