Issues: Veterans

Organizations Representing More Than 200,000 NYS Veterans Urge Passage of Griffo, Brindisi Bill

Bill Creates Criminal Justice Framework to Ensure Veterans with Untreated Mental Health Conditions Receive Treatment & Fair Process

May 20, 2014
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Senator Joe Robach Honors John Foy with Induction into New York State Veterans Hall of Fame

State Senator Joe Robach is proud to announce the induction of John Foy, an active member in the Rochester veteran community, to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 20. This honor is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the community and their accomplishments as a civilian.

May 20, 2014
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O'Mara, Senate colleagues will induct Watkins Glen native Tony Specchio into Veterans' Hall of Fame at Albany ceremony today

Watkins Glen, N.Y., May 20—To coincide with this year’s upcoming Memorial Day observances across the state and nation, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his colleagues today will induct Anthony J. “Tony” Specchio, Sr., a lifelong Watkins Glen resident and a fixture in civic and veterans affairs, into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

May 20, 2014
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SENATORS DIANE SAVINO AND ANDREW LANZA HONOR TWO STATEN ISLAND VETERANS WITH NEW YORK SENATE VETERANS' HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Albany, NY- Staten Island Senators Diane J. Savino (DIW-North Shore) Andrew Lanza (RC Mid-Island and South Shore) honored two veterans today with their induction to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. Senator Andrew Lanza posthumously nominated Army Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis to the NY Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. At the early age of 24, Ollis bravely gave his life saving another soldier. The award was received by his parents, Linda and Bob.Senator Diane J. Savino nominated long time Veteran advocate and Vietnam nurse Mary LaManna to the NY Senate Veteran Hall of Fame.  Mary was joined by the love of her life, Dennis McLoone, also a Vietnam veteran and family.

May 20, 2014
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SALUTING OUR SOLDIERS, PAST AND PRESENT

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

May 19, 2014
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28 Veterans Recognized by Senator Patty Ritchie

Sen. Ritchie's annual celebration of military men and women, veterans and military service was held at Fort Drum on May 15, recognizing 28 veterans of the US military from WWII to Afghanistan. The event is part of her State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame recognition, and came on the eve of Armed Forces Day.

May 16, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SPEAKS TO GREAT NECK VETERANS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited with members of the Great Neck Veterans Social Club at the Great Neck Senior Center. Senator Martins gave an update on some of the veterans related issues in the legislature, including a recently signed law which will help bring more opportunities to service-disabled veterans. 

     Senator Martins is pictured speaking to members of the Great Neck Veterans Social Club.

 

May 16, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO BENEFIT DISABLED VETERANS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced a new law which will facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. Senator Martins was a sponsor of the legislation, which was recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

     The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will create a 6% state contract set aside for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses. The set aside is very similar to the highly successful 3% preference that the federal government offers.

May 16, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS 28 VETERANS FROM CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 28 veterans of the US Armed Forces at a special ceremony that took place Thursday at the USO Fort Drum.

WATCH THE CEREMONY ON YOUTUBE

READ ABOUT THE HONOREES HERE

From individuals who fought on the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge to those who have served our country during more current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the diverse group of honorees were nominated for the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service and their continuing efforts to better our local communities. 

May 15, 2014
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Honoring Leo and Armand Mancini for distinguished service to our Nation.

I recently had the privilege of meeting St. Johnsville natives Armand and Leo Mancini and presenting them with proclamations in honor of their service to our country during World War II.

Armand was shot down over New Guinea, received serious wounds and was Missing in Action. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star and many other medals in recognition of his duty and sacrifice.

Leo served in both Europe and Morocco, and was awarded the Air Medal with Seven Clusters in recognition of flying 60 missions. Truly remarkable men.

 

May 14, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HONOR VETERANS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

28 Nominated for New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor 28 veterans of the US Armed Forces at a special ceremony taking place on Fort Drum Thursday, May 15th. 

Those who will be honored were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our local communities.

“It takes a very special, dedicated person to serve—and it takes an even more devoted person to continue to give back by serving one’s community,” said Senator Ritchie.

“From fighting for freedom during WWII to serving on the front lines during recent conflicts, the contributions made by this year’s honorees are truly remarkable. I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to honor them with this special event and thank them for their selflessness and service.”

May 14, 2014
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Legislation to assist NY's disabled vets signed into law

Albany, N.Y., May 13—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) to further assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans, has been signed into law.

The new law, known as the "Service-Disabled Veterans-Owned Business Act," builds on last year’s enactment of a “Hire-a-Vet” business tax credit that O’Mara also co-sponsored. 

May 13, 2014
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Senator Young Applauds New Law for Service-Disabled Veterans

For Release: Immediate, May 12, 2014

Senate Bill 6865/Assembly Bill 9135 Signed into Law

Sets Aside Six Percent of State Contracts for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

ALBANY - Today, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation (S.6865/A.9135) passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly and co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that will award more state contracts to disabled veterans who have been injured while honorably serving our country.

May 12, 2014
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Senator Farley Inducts Malta Veteran into Senate Hall of Fame

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will have the pleasure of inducting David T. Wallingford of Malta into the New York State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame on May 20th at a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

May 12, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Warwick Veteran, Walter Kittle, To Be Inducted Into Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

State Senator John Bonacic proudly announces that Warwick resident, Walter Kittle, will be inducted into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of  Fame.  

May 9, 2014
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Local veterans honored for their service

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 77 recently presented caps of the five armed services at the “Missing Man Table Ceremony” as the VA marked Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day in Buffalo.

Among those who were honored were Silviu Dan of North Tonawanda and J. Donald Griffin of Cheektowaga, who also received special recognition for their military service from New York State Senator Mark Grisanti.

Pictured from left are Ron Pilozzi of Senator Grisanti’s veterans liaison office; J. Donald Griffin, a ball turret gunner who served during World War II; Silviu Dan, an aerial gunner who served during World War II; and Ron Deschenes of Senator Grisanti’s veterans liaison office.

May 8, 2014
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Grisanti Sponsored Bill To Award Diplomas To All Veterans

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I-60) announced passed legislation (S6292) today that he sponsored that would make all veterans eligible for "Operation Recognition," which allows veterans to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in the military. 

 

May 7, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Award High School Diplomas to Veterans

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S6292) today, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (North Buffalo), that would make all veterans eligible for “Operation Recognition,” which allows veterans to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in the military.

Operation Recognition, which is a nationwide effort, currently allows honorably discharged veterans of World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam wars, to receive their high school diploma. This legislation would expand eligibility for this program to all military service veterans who served in the United States military and did not complete their education after their term of service.

May 7, 2014
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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, May 6, 2014 Room 816 LOB

May 6, 1:30 PM - 1:36 PM
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