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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
On Wednesday, February 23rd, the Verizon Foundation awarded Veterans Outreach Center a $10,000 grant to address the disparities in services for female veterans from the Finger Lakes Region who have recently return from tours-of-duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Senator Robach attended, and spoke at, a ceremony announcing the grant. For more information on Veterans Outreach Center, visit their website, http://www.veteransoutreachcenter.org/.
(Dobbs Ferry)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins took part in Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Jobs for Veterans Roundtable Discussion at Mercy College on February 22nd. With the unemployment rate among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan reaching close to 20% nationwide, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand invited Senator Stewart-Cousins, other government leaders, veteran’s advocates, education officials and members of the business community to listen to veterans about the problems they face in the job market, and discuss ways to overcome those barriers.
Senator Maziarz was an honored guest at a testimonial dinner for the visiting American Legion Department Commander, Ladies Auxiliary President, and Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander at the Sheret Post #35 in Albion. The Orleans County American Legion is part of the 8th District and includes: Sheret Post #35 in Albion, Butts-Clark Post #204 in Medina, Jewell-Buckman Post #529 in Holley, and Houseman-Tanner Post #1603 in Lyndonville.
(Pomona,NY) Today, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland) joined World War II veterans, their families, and members of the Rockland County Chapter of the United States Marine Corps to honor those who participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima during a ceremony commemorating its 66th anniversary at the Pratzl Brau Haus in Pomona.