Issues: Veterans

Senator Bill Larkin Receiving the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service from the United States Army

Brigadier General Timothy Trainor, Dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy at West Point and Senator Dean Skelos, Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader, present Senator Bill Larkin with the United States Army’s highest civilian award, the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service.

May 21, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY’S JOHN HALFORD AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored St. Lawrence County’s John Halford as her 2014 inductee to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame from the 48th Senate District at a special ceremony held Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Entering the US Marine Corps at age 17, John Halford served in the Raider Battalion that was part of the daring raid on Makin Island during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Gouverneur, finished high school, and went on to SUNY Canton—which at the time, was known as the Agricultural and Technical Institute.  Since retiring, John and his wife have played an active role in helping to improve the lives of people in the North Country, especially through his work as a member of the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors.

May 21, 2014
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UNITED STATES ARMY PRESENTS AWARD TO SENATOR BILL LARKIN

Combat Veteran and State Senator Honored for His Service to Veterans

May 21, 2014
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Senator O'Mara inducts Tony Specchio into the Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame

Anthony J. "Tony" Specchio, Sr. of Watkins Glen is Senator O'Mara's 2014 inductee into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

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May 21, 2014
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SENATOR MIKE NOZZOLIO ASKS LOCAL RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR LOCAL MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES AND URGES THEM TO PARTICIPATION IN THE MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT THE SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL CEMETERY IN ROMULUS

In a effort to honor our Nation’s greatest heroes as well as to recognize our region’s historic significance as the birthplace of Memorial Day, State Senator Mike Nozzolio is urging residents of the Finger Lakes area to attend their individual village and town Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, May 26th, and to also attend a special Memorial Day Ceremony that is being held at the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus, New York at 2:00 PM.

May 21, 2014
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Senator Bill Larkin Honors Local Veteran

Sidney Tendler Inducted Into the Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) nominated Sidney Tendler from Monroe, NY to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Albany today. 

May 20, 2014
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Delaware County WWII Veteran Enshrined In Senate Veterans Hall Of Fame

ALBANY, 05/20/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today paid tribute to Edward Rossley of Bovina Center as a 2014 inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

“Edward Rossley is a true American hero, and more than worthy of inclusion in the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame,” said Senator Seward.  “Mr. Rossley displayed superior bravery and courage while serving our nation and, upon returning home, dedicated himself to the betterment and safety of his community.

May 20, 2014
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O'Mara pays tribute to Anthony J. "Tony" Specchio of Watkins Glen

Albany, N.Y., May 20—At a late morning ceremony in the Legislative Office Building honoring decorated and distinguished veterans from across New York State, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues today inducted Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio, Sr., a lifelong Watkins Glen resident and a fixture in civic and veterans affairs, into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

May 20, 2014
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DISTINGUISHED LOCAL VETERAN WILLIAM YALE HONORED BY SENATOR MIKE NOZZOLIO AT INDUCTION INTO NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Distinguished local U.S. Navy veteran and Executive Director of Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery, William “Bill” Yale was recently nominated for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame by State Senator Mike Nozzolio.  Bill Yale was inducted during a special ceremony at the State Capitol for his service to our Nation, as well as his dedicated efforts in working with Senator Mike Nozzolio to establish the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Seneca County. 

 

May 20, 2014
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O'Mara, Senate colleagues induct Watkins Glen veteran into Hall of Fame ~ O'Mara pays tribute to Anthony J. "Tony" Specchio, Sr.

Albany, N.Y., May 20—At a late morning ceremony in the Legislative Office Building honoring decorated and distinguished veterans from across New York State, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues today inducted Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio, Sr., a lifelong Watkins Glen resident and a fixture in civic and veterans affairs, into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

May 20, 2014
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Organizations Representing More Than 200,000 NYS Veterans Urge Passage of Griffo, Brindisi Bill

Bill Creates Criminal Justice Framework to Ensure Veterans with Untreated Mental Health Conditions Receive Treatment & Fair Process

May 20, 2014
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Senator Joe Robach Honors John Foy with Induction into New York State Veterans Hall of Fame

State Senator Joe Robach is proud to announce the induction of John Foy, an active member in the Rochester veteran community, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 20. This honor is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the community and their accomplishments as a civilian.

May 20, 2014
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O'Mara, Senate colleagues will induct Watkins Glen native Tony Specchio into Veterans' Hall of Fame at Albany ceremony today

Watkins Glen, N.Y., May 20—To coincide with this year’s upcoming Memorial Day observances across the state and nation, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues today will induct Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio, Sr., a lifelong Watkins Glen resident and a fixture in civic and veterans affairs, into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

May 20, 2014
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SENATORS DIANE SAVINO AND ANDREW LANZA HONOR TWO STATEN ISLAND VETERANS WITH NEW YORK SENATE VETERANS' HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Albany, NY- Staten Island Senators Diane J. Savino (DIW-North Shore) Andrew Lanza (RC Mid-Island and South Shore) honored two veterans today with their induction to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. Senator Andrew Lanza posthumously nominated Army Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis to the NY Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. At the early age of 24, Ollis bravely gave his life saving another soldier. The award was received by his parents, Linda and Bob.Senator Diane J. Savino nominated long time Veteran advocate and Vietnam nurse Mary LaManna to the NY Senate Veteran Hall of Fame.  Mary was joined by the love of her life, Dennis McLoone, also a Vietnam veteran and family.

May 20, 2014
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SALUTING OUR SOLDIERS, PAST AND PRESENT

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

May 19, 2014
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28 Veterans Recognized by Senator Patty Ritchie

Sen. Ritchie's annual celebration of military men and women, veterans and military service was held at Fort Drum on May 15, recognizing 28 veterans of the US military from WWII to Afghanistan. The event is part of her State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame recognition, and came on the eve of Armed Forces Day.

May 16, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SPEAKS TO GREAT NECK VETERANS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited with members of the Great Neck Veterans Social Club at the Great Neck Senior Center. Senator Martins gave an update on some of the veterans related issues in the legislature, including a recently signed law which will help bring more opportunities to service-disabled veterans. 

     Senator Martins is pictured speaking to members of the Great Neck Veterans Social Club.

 

May 16, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO BENEFIT DISABLED VETERANS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced a new law which will facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. Senator Martins was a sponsor of the legislation, which was recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

     The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will create a 6% state contract set aside for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses. The set aside is very similar to the highly successful 3% preference that the federal government offers.

May 16, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS 28 VETERANS FROM CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 28 veterans of the US Armed Forces at a special ceremony that took place Thursday at the USO Fort Drum.

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From individuals who fought on the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge to those who have served our country during more current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the diverse group of honorees were nominated for the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service and their continuing efforts to better our local communities. 

May 15, 2014
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Honoring Leo and Armand Mancini for distinguished service to our Nation.

I recently had the privilege of meeting St. Johnsville natives Armand and Leo Mancini and presenting them with proclamations in honor of their service to our country during World War II.

Armand was shot down over New Guinea, received serious wounds and was Missing in Action. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star and many other medals in recognition of his duty and sacrifice.

Leo served in both Europe and Morocco, and was awarded the Air Medal with Seven Clusters in recognition of flying 60 missions. Truly remarkable men.

 

May 14, 2014
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