Issues: Veterans

Senator Robach Nominates Ken Moore For Induction Into Veterans' Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, June 14th, Ken Moore was inducted to the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. Senator Robach had the privilege to nominate Ken for this honor. Here is a short bio on Ken. Congratulations to Ken and all of this year's inductees!Ken Moore United States Army, Combat Infantry, VietnamUnited States Army, Sergeant First ClassVietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20, President Ken Moore has spent his life dedicated to protecting and honoring our military personnel.  

June 14, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO NAMES ROOSEVELT’S GEORGE JONES TO NEW YORK STATE SENATE’S VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today inducted Roosevelt veteran George Jones into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame. The Veterans Hall of Fame recognizes veterans from across the state for their extraordinary efforts in combat or for work performed after they were discharged from the service.  

June 14, 2011
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Senator O'Mara pays a personal tribute to his 2011 Veterans Hall of Fame inductee, Philip C. Smith of Schuyler County.

Albany, N.Y., June 14—Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his state Senate colleagues paid tribute this morning to Philip C. Smith, a highly decorated Korean War combat veteran and well-known figure in Schuyler County government and veterans’ affairs, by inducting him into the Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 14, 2011
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State Senate pays tribute to Schuyler County veteran in Albany ceremony

Albany, N.Y., June 14—At a Flag Day ceremony in Albany earlier today, Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his state Senate colleagues paid tribute to Philip C. Smith, a highly decorated Korean War combat veteran and well-known figure in Schuyler County government and veterans’ affairs, by inducting him into the Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 14, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL OFFERING TAX BREAK FOR MILITARY RESERVISTS PASSES SENATE

A bill sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) that could let military reservists cut their property tax bill was passed Monday by the Senate.

The measure, S.5231, gives local counties, cities, towns and villages an option to offer reservists the same property tax benefit that is currently available to other veterans who served their nation during specific periods of conflict.

“The changing nature of threats to our nation has also changed the demands that we put on the men and women of our military reserves, who are increasingly called upon to serve side by side with active duty military to defend our freedom and way of life,” Senator Ritchie said.

“These are our ‘citizen soldiers’ who often times interrupt their careers and spend long stretches away from the families, communities and friends—just like those in the active duty service—but aren’t entitled to the same benefits back home. This bill shows our gratitude and respect for all that they do for us.”

June 13, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO PAYS TRIBUTE TO 2011 VETERANS HALL OF FAME HONOREE

           Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently paid tribute to his 2011 Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee, Brigadier General George A. Jones of Roosevelt. The Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame recognizes veterans statewide for either extraordinary efforts in combat or in work performed after discharge from the service.

June 13, 2011
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Senator LaValle Nominates Yaphank’s Eugene Smith to Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle has nominated Yaphank Vietnam War veteran Eugene ‘Gene’ Smith  to the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame. Smith will be inducted with veterans from throughout New York State at a Capitol ceremony on Tuesday, June 14.

“Eugene Smith is deserving of a place among New York State’s elite veterans for heroic and gallant service to his country during the Vietnam War,” said LaValle.

Smith, LaValle said, was awarded numerous commendations and medals for his service including three Purple Hearts, a Combat Infantry Badge, the Vietnam Service Medal,  Vietnam Combat Medal, Air Medals and a Bronze Star.

June 13, 2011
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SENATOR YOUNG PRESENTS OVERDUE MILITARY AWARDS TO LOCAL VETERAN

OLEAN – Decades after serving aboard the USS Oriskany in the Vietnam War, U.S. Navy veteran Gary Clark of West Almond finally was awarded two service medals honoring the former Petty Officer 3rd Class for his years of wartime service.

June 10, 2011
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Bi-Partisan Group of Lawmakers Announce Agreement on Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

 

Albany, NY- A bi-partisan group of lawmakers, including Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Senator Joseph Griffo (R, C, I- Rome), Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) announced today a agreement on legislation to limit protests at Military Funerals (The Dignity Act).

June 10, 2011
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Senator Martins to Induct John Davanzo Into Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, June 14, Senator Jack M. Martins will be inducting John S. Davanzo into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

On June 8, 1944, during the invasion of Normandy, the U.S.S. Glennon, a Gleaves-class destroyer, struck a mine off Normandy and was eventually sunk by shore batteries. Among the survivors was John S. Davanzo.

John returned to his hometown of Mineola after his service in World War II. Those who came to know him over the years marvel at his involvement in his community and the care and compassion he shows for others.

June 10, 2011
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Poppy Girl Adrianna Ciancuielli

Senator Owen H. Johnson posed with Poppy Girl Adrianna Ciancuielli of Holbrook for a photo opportunity at the conclusion of the Memorial Day Parade in Babylon on May 30, 2011.  Adrianna, age 7, is a member of the Junior Ladies’ Auxiliary VFW Post #94.  She was chosen to receive the “Poppy Girl” 2011 title to represent VFW Post #94 and to help distribute the handmade poppy lapel pins in exchange for donations to benefit veterans’ programs.After the Memorial Day events, Adrianna gave a presentation to her first grade class about her responsibilities as “Poppy Girl” and about the meaning of Memorial Day and freedom.

June 10, 2011
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Schuyler County veteran, who 58 years ago today was engaged with fellow soldiers in one of the Korean War's notable victories, will be inducted into Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame next week

Albany, N.Y., June 10—Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his state Senate colleagues will pay tribute to Philip C. Smith, a highly decorated Korean War combat veteran and well-known figure in Schuyler County government and veterans’ affairs, by inducting him into the Senate’s online Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 10, 2011
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Senator Robach Speaks to Veterans at Local Convention

On Saturday, June 4th, I had the privilege to visit with, and speak to, Veterans during the Monroe County American Legion convention at Chili Post 1830 in Scottsville. It was an honor to visit with so many Veterans from our area and thank them for the service and sacrifice they made to fight for our County and our freedom. For more information, visit http://monroeconyal.tripod.com/.

June 9, 2011
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LaValle And Thiele Announce New Legislation Increasing Veteran Property Tax Exemptions

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I, D, WF-Sag Harbor) were joined today by Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst to announce the introduction of new State Legislation which would allow municipalities to increase the maximumproperty tax exemptions under the alternative veteran’s exemptions.

A.8186/S.5597 would further amend the Real Property Tax Law by providing exemptions to veterans which more appropriately reflect the recent rise in real property values. Under the proposed legislation the new cap for wartime veterans would increase from $54,000 to $75,000; from $36,000 to $50,000 for combat veterans; and, from $180,000 to $250,000 for disabled veterans.

June 9, 2011
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Gates Memorial Day Service

Senator George Maziarz spoke at the Town of Gates Memorial Day Service on May 30, 2011.

June 9, 2011
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Memorial Day Parade in Lockport

Senator George Maziarz joins local officials in walking in Lockport's 2011 Memorial Day Parade.

June 6, 2011
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State Senator Lee M. Zeldin Holds First Meeting of Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel”

Patchogue, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) (Above, Center) held his first meeting of the Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel” today at St. Josephs College in Patchogue.

The panel included dozens of veterans, members of veterans’ organizations and experts in the field of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

June 3, 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, June 7, 2011 Room 816 LOB

June 7, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
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