Issues: Veterans

Your Voice With Senators Rob Ortt and Tom Croci

Senator Rob Ortt and Senator Tom Croci are both veterans who served in the military. This week on Your Voice, the senators talk about creating support networks for military personnel. Sen. Ortt served in the Army and is now representing the 62nd District in the NY State Senate where he is Chairman of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee. Sen. Croci served in the Navy and is now representing the 3rd District in the NY State Senate where he is Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee. Part of their mission at the Senate is to protect the interests of military personnel and their families with respect to health care, jobs, and education.

March 11, 2015
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Press Release: L.I. Senators Push to Save Veterans Organizations Crumbling Structures

Friday, March 6, 2015

L.I. Senators Push to Save Veterans Organizations Crumbling Structures

Senators Phil Boyle and Tom Croci Announce Legislation to make Veterans Organizations eligible for grants to save deteriorating facilities 

Bay Shore, NY – As of September 2014, the US Department of Veteran Affairs estimates there are over 892,000 veterans in New York.  Many of these veterans actively participate and depend on their local American Legion, AmVets or Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts. Veteran’s organizations serve active service members and veterans with numerous types of community outreach.

March 9, 2015
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Senator O'Mara stands up for veterans and military families

Albany, N.Y., March 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) joined several of his Senate colleagues this week to call for increased state funding to support the expansion of a groundbreaking treatment program for military servicemen and servicewomen suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The project’s Executive Director is Dr. Frank J. Bourke of Corning, a clinical psychologist with more than three decades of experience in the field.  O’Mara said that he’s worked with Bourke over the past several years to help advance and promote the Research & Recognition Project in support of veterans and military families.

March 6, 2015
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O'Mara extends support to veterans and military families, gets behind effort to expand treatment program for veterans suffering post-traumatic stress (UPDATEDx2)

Albany, N.Y., March 6—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) joined several of his Senate colleagues this week to call for increased state funding to support the expansion of a groundbreaking treatment program for military servicemen and servicewomen suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -- a program known as the Research & Recognition Project.

March 6, 2015
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ADDABBO CO-SPONSORS AND PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE NEW FELONY OFFENSE FOR DESECRATING THE GRAVES OR OTHER FINAL RESTING PLACES OF VETERANS

Queens, NY (March 5, 2015) – State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. recently joined his Senate colleagues in approving a bill (S.2207) he co-sponsors to create a new felony offense for criminals who desecrate cemetery plots and other burial places where veterans have been laid to rest after serving their country.   

March 5, 2015
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Senator Valesky Supports Veterans with PTSD

On March 2, Senator Valesky spoke in Albany about the Research and Recovery Project, which helps provide treatment for veterans with PTSD.

March 3, 2015
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O'Mara, Palmesano salute Schuyler County Veteran ~ Philip J. Swaney, Sr. recognized as driving force behind 'Honor Our Heroes' initiative

Odessa, N.Y., February 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C-Corning) welcomed distinguished area veteran and Schuyler County resident Philip J. Swaney, Sr. to the State Capitol on Wednesday, February 25th.

February 27, 2015
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Veterans of Foreign Wars

It was my honor to meet with representatives from several VFW Posts during their 2015 advocacy day held in Albany.  

February 27, 2015
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Veterans Outreach Center Forum

Many thanks to the Veterans Outreach Center and Executive Director Todd Baxter for inviting me to give an overview of programs and initiatives that the State Legislature has passed or proposed to assist New York veterans. The Veterans Outreach Center is a great resource for area veterans and their families, thanks for all you do!

February 27, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs  Senator Thomas Croci, Chair  11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Room 124 CAP

February 25, 11:30 AM - 11:37 AM
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS 20TH ANNUAL “VALENTINES FOR VETERANS”

Klein Donates More Than 200 Valentine’s Day Cards and Gift Bags to Bronx Veterans

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham and students from P.S. 83, today donated more than 200 Valentine’s Day Cards and gift bags to veterans at the 20th annual “Valentines for Veterans” celebration held at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.

February 13, 2015
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Senate Passes "Homes for Heroes" Program

Legislation will assist service-disabled veterans making necessary improvements to their homes

 

ALBANY - Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2316/A.3795) sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that will assist veterans with physical challenges who need modifications to their homes in order to live independently.

 

The “Homes for Heroes” program will establish a fund to assist New York State’s veteran population so that they are able to live safely, comfortably and productively in the setting of their choice.

 

February 10, 2015
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Senator Marc Panepinto Releases Statement on Passage of First Co-Sponsored Bill - Homes for Heroes

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement:

“I am humbled that my first co-sponsored bill passed in the State Senate creates the Homes for Heroes Program, which sets aside state grants for expanding affordable and accessible veteran housing in New York. Our disabled veterans should not have to return home and struggle with living comfortably, safely, or with dignity, due to inaccessible housing. This bill will ensure that whether it is through retrofitting their current home, or upgrading a new one, that will never be the case again.”

S.2316 (Homes for Heroes): Authorizes issues guidelines for granting contracts to disabled veterans eligible under the home for heroes program.

February 10, 2015
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REMINDER: VOLUNTARY INCOME TAX CHECK-OFF FOR VETERANS REMEMBRANCE AND CEMETERY MAINTENANCE OPERATION FUND

Continuing his strong commitment to our veterans and their families, New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio today reminded individuals filing their 2014 New York State income taxes that they will have the opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to support veterans cemeteries in New York State. This fund is an important step in the process to designate specific areas in New York State for a State Veterans cemetery. This voluntary contribution can be made as a deduction from an individual’s tax refund or as an additional monetary donation on New York State tax returns. Contributions are 100% voluntary.

February 5, 2015
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Murphy and Purple Heart Homes raise money for Korean War vet

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY - Senator Terrence Murphy, in collaboration with Eugene Parrotta, executive director of the newly created Purple Heart Homes New York Down State Chapter #1,  organized a fund raising dinner for 83-year old Korean War Veteran Stephen O'Loughlin of Yorktown to help make his home handicap accessible by installing railings to his front and back porch. The dinner was held on Friday night at the Yorktown Heights VFW Post 8328.

January 30, 2015
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Senator Young Discusses the Women's Equality Agenda, the Upcoming Budget Process and Shares the Story Of A Local Vet

On the latest edition of "Your Voice," Senator Young discusses the importance of the Women's Equality Agenda, the first package of legislation taken up in the 2015 Session by the Senate. The package passed with unanimous bipartisan support and included eight key components aimed at protecting, promoting and empowering the women of New York State. Among the provisions that passed the Senate was a bill sponsored by Senator Young to protect victims of domestic violence.

 

January 28, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Veterans Legal Clinic, Cell Phones For Soldiers and His Legislative Questionnaire on Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains how a new Veterans Legal Clinic at Syracuse University will make an impact. He also talks about the success of his annual Cell Phones For Soldiers collection drive, and he details the input he's receiving from a legislative questionnaire that he mailed to constituents.  

January 23, 2015
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