Issues: Veterans

Senate Passes Legislation to Support Veterans

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would significantly enhance the protection of property, rights and services available to current and former military personnel. The seven bills would build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to increase support for veterans and their families.

March 14, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3901), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley), that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 14, 2011
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Senator Skelos Meets with Local Veterans from Nassau County

Earlier today, Senator Skelos met with local veterans from Nassau County to discuss issues such as what can be done to help homeless veterans, the Cold War Program, and the Flag Etiquette Program in schools. 

March 14, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Announces Senate Passage of Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

“The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act” 

Albany, NY- Just over 48 hours after Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced the introduction of legislation to ban protests at Military Funerals, “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act” passed the full Senate.

March 14, 2011
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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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