Issues: Veterans

Grisanti Names Joseph Pasek ‘Veteran Of The Month’

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently named Joseph Pasek as the sixth recipient of his “Veteran of the Month” recognition program.

A resident of the City of Tonawanda who served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, Pasek is the sixth recipient of a monthly honor presented by Senator Grisanti following an application and nomination process coordinated by staff members in Grisanti’s veterans liaison office.

June 30, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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The Daily Mail: NY Senate honors an ‘extraordinary individual’

Louise McRoberts receives Liberty Medal

 Friday, June 20, 2014

By Michael Ryan Columbia-Greene Media

WINDHAM — The highest honor given to an individual by the New York State Senate was presented to Louise McRoberts of Windham, leading up to Memorial Day.

McRoberts received the Liberty Medal in a ceremony hosted by VFW Post #1545 in Windham on May 23, presented by State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk.

“It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made significant contributions to the quality of life therein,” a legislative resolution states.

June 20, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL CREATING A HOMELESS VETERANS ASSISTANCE FUND

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) reported that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to a measure that will create a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to support military servicemen and women who need help with housing. The bill (S4760A) allows New Yorkers to contribute to the fund when filing their personal income taxes.

June 17, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS PASSED BY SENATE

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that legislation he sponsored to create a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to support military servicemen and women who need help with housing has been passed by the New York State Senate. The legislation (S4760A) allows New Yorkers to contribute to the fund when filing their personal income taxes. 

June 16, 2014
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LARKIN BUYBACK LEGISLATION FOR VETERANS PASSES SENATE

Allows Veterans to Purchase Up To Three Years Of Service Credit in the NYS Retirement System

June 16, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Creating a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a measure that will create a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to support military servicemen and women who need help with housing.

June 16, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS INDUCTS D-DAY HERO FROM GREAT NECK INTO SENATE’S VETERANS HALL OF FAME

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) today inducted D-Day Army veteran Walter Blum of Great Neck into the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Mr. Blum was named to the Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame by Senator Martins. 

     “Like so many of ‘the greatest generation,’ Walter Blum fought for our country and liberated millions from tyranny and oppression. His heroism on the battlefield and his service to his community make him truly deserving of this honor. It is my pleasure to induct him into the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame,” said Senator Martins. 

June 13, 2014
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Important Veterans Bill Passes Senate

Senator Montgomery celebrates with veterans on the passing of legislation (S.4714-A) that extends the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. 

Senator Montgomery is a co-sponsor of this legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Senate on June 11, 2014. 

 

 

June 13, 2014
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Larkin Veteran’s Legislation Passes Senate

Allows Veterans to Purchase Up To Three Years Of Service Credit in the NYS Retirement System

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Tax Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed seven bills that would provide tax relief to businesses, expand exemptions from the job-killing MTA payroll tax, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, and provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, as well as teachers who purchase school supplies. “Providing additional tax relief to encourage job creation is an end-of-session priority for Senate Republicans,” Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos said.  “The measures we passed today build on the major tax relief initiatives Senate Republicans successfully fought for in the state budget to help make small businesses and manufacturers more competitive.” The bills approved by the Senate today include the following measures:

June 10, 2014
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Senate Passes Three Griffo Sponsored Bills

ALBANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo was the lead sponsor of three bills that today passed the State Senate. 

June 10, 2014
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70th Anniversary of D-Day

Today marks 70 years since Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy and began the liberation of Europe that would lead to the eventual end of World War II.In commemoration of the brave men who fought on D-Day, and throughout World W

June 6, 2014
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June 6, 2014
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State Senate Honors 70th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion With Resolution and Veterans Legislation

The New York State Senate has just honored World War II veterans by adopting  a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a defining day in world history that marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II; as well as passing a package of legislation to benefit veterans, and men and women in active military duty.

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June 6, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Honors 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) joined with his colleagues in the New York State Senate to honor our World War II veterans by adopting  a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.  This defining day in world history marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II.

June 6, 2014
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Senate Honors 70th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion

"On this D-Day Anniversary, thank you to all of the veterans of World War II for your service, and your sacrifice."

~ New York State Senator Tom O'Mara

 

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June 5, 2014
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70th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY A TIME TO MEMORIALIZE HEROES WHO FOUGHT

On June 6, 1944, the United States and our allies charged the beaches of France in the largest air, land, sea and military operation the world has ever known. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men. When it was over, more than 4,000 of the Allied Forces were dead.

June 5, 2014
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Helping Our Heroes: New Law Assists Service Disabled Vets

As your Senator, I have always worked together in a bipartisan way to provide support for New York State's courageous veterans.   That's why I am pleased to report that an important new proposal to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures has just been signed into law. Modeled after a highly successful federal initiative, New York’s new law will establish a new contract preference “set-aside” for service disabled veterans.

June 5, 2014
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