ONEONTA, 05/27/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today concluded a tour of his district, joining local veterans and postal officials to announce that the Purple Heart postage stamp has been classified as a “Forever” stamp, ensuring that it will continue in circulation as a lasting tribute to wounded veterans.
“As we approach Memorial Day it is important to recognize the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country and our way of life,” said Senator Seward. “Classifying the Purple Heart stamp as a “Forever” stamp is an important step by the U.S. Postal Service in recognizing our military heroes.”
This Memorial Day, Veterans First: Senate Passes Legislation to Benefit New York’s Servicemen and Women
The New York State Senate passed a package of nine bills this week which will expand or launch new benefits programs for the brave New Yorkers who have fought for our nation’s freedom.
“Our veterans and active military personnel have made brave sacrifices on behalf of us all in their service to the nation,” Senator Montgomery said. “From access to housing, health care, and educational opportunities, the service that veterans have provided to our country entitles them to the very best from their state government, and New York aims to give it to them."
To commemorate New York State’s upcoming Memorial Day observance, the State Senate took time on Wednesday to honor current and former military service members, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Nine bills focused on supporting veterans and active service members were passed. Two bills in particular, sponsored by Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), provide important parental rights protections for military service men and women. Bill S.3228 prevents the courts from considering the potential for a military service deployment as a detrimental factor when determining parental custody of a child.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate commemorated the upcoming Memorial Day observance by taking time during the May 25th Session to honor current and former military service members, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation he cosponsored to expand property tax exemption benefits for veterans who re-enlisted in the military to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Series of bills to benefit veterans and active service members
The State Senate marked an early Memorial Day by passing a series of bills to benefit veterans, military service members and their families.
The bills covered a broad range of topics, from a plan to create free fishing events to veterans and active duty service members (a bill cosponsored by Sen. Ritchie) to bills making more veterans eligible for property tax relief.
“Memorial Day reminds us to keep in our thoughts all of those who served and sacrificed for our freedom, but also to remember the many thousands of men and women from our communities who continue to serve our nation today,” Sen. Ritchie said. “I’m pleased that the Senate should choose this time to pause, and then act on measures that show our appreciation to these men and women.”
News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 25, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | email@example.com | (518) 455-3531
This Memorial Day, Veterans First: Senator Huntley Supports New Programs to Benefit New York’s Servicemen and Women
Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the New York State Senate passed a package of nine bills today which will expand or launch new benefits programs for the brave New Yorkers who have fought for our nation’s freedom.
CARMEL, NY (5/20/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) announced that Friday’s fundraiser for LCpl John Curtin, held at the Carmel VFW Hall, raised more than $10,000 for the Curtin family with more than 200 attendees.
ALBANY, NY (5/4/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, joined Senator William Larkin, Jr. (R, C – Cornwall-On-Hudson), to announce that the U.S. Postal Service has classified the Purple Heart postage stamp as a “Forever” stamp, guaranteeing that the stamp will remain in circulation.
Prior to the “Forever” classification, each postage increase jeopardized the continued circulation of the Purple Heart stamp.
ALBANY, NY- Senator Greg Ball announced his support today for a Bill which would ban the ability of individuals and groups to protest at the funeral services of military personnel. The bill which is being Co-sponsored by Ball, along with Senator Zeldin, is an attempt to protect members of the military and their families from groups who in recent years have used military funerals as a platform to gain attention for themselves and their agendas. Senator Ball stated "I believe this bill will have unanimous support from our Majority Conference and will be an important and fitting tribute to all those serving in uniform, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In coordination with my efforts to restore funding to our veterans homes this is one of many veterans bills that we will pass on this historic day and I ask New Yorkers to call upon the Assembly to do the same, immediately."
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) presented a poster commemorating the introduction of the Purple Heart stamp as a Forever stamp to Commander Leo Belanger of VFW Post 8651 of the Mastics and Shirley. Senator Zeldin (Above, Left), a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also the Senior Vice-Commander of Post 8651. Commander Belanger (Above, Right) is a Vietnam Veteran.
New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio, in conjunction with the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Association, today announced the names of several business and community leaders who have agreed to serve as members of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Committee, including two former Admirals, a former Air Force General, a former University President, and the chairpersons of two statewide veterans’ organizations. The purpose of the Committee is to augment the efforts of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Association in