Issues: Veterans

SENATOR GALLIVAN ASKS FOR LOCAL NOMINATIONS FOR VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Annual  Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who served in the U.S. Armed Forces

 

March 26, 2014
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State Senate passes "Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act"

Senator Ranzenhofer votes in favor of legislation to help New York's service disabled veterans pursue successful new business ventures. The State Senate passed the bill on March 24.

March 25, 2014
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Senator Farley Discusses Veterans Legislation

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting with Tom Rielly of Ballston Spa on March 18th when Mr. Rielly came to the Capitol to discuss the priority issues of the American Legion. He also discussed with Senator Farley the legislation to set aside certain State contracts for disabled veteran owned businesses.

Senator Farley is pleased to report back to Tom and other veterans that he co-sponsored the bill and it passed the Senate on March 24th. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” is designed to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures. A three-way agreement on the bill was announced during the Governor’s Veterans and Military Families Summit held last week in Albany.

March 25, 2014
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ADDABBO DISCUSSES NEEDS OF FORMER SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN AT AMERICAN LEGION MEETING & GOVERNOR’S SUMMIT ON VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES

Queens, NY (March 25, 2014):  Earlier this week, State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and his colleagues responded to concerns of New York’s veterans and passed a bill in which businesses owned by service-disabled veterans will receive 6 percent of state contracts and a Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development will be established within the State Office of General Services.

March 25, 2014
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New Initiative Helps Service Disabled Vets

Last year, Senate Republicans approved new tax credits to encourage employers across the State to provide job opportunities to New York’s courageous veterans.

 

To build upon this initiative, the Senate has just approved the “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures. A three-way agreement on the bill was announced during the Governor’s Veterans and Military Families Summit held last week in Albany.

 

Modeled after a highly successful federal initiative, New York’s new law will establish a new contract preference “set-aside” for service disabled veterans.

 

March 25, 2014
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SEN. FARLEY CO-SPONSORS BILL FOR STATE CONTRACT SET-ASIDE FOR DISABLED VETERANS

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation (S6865) on March 24th to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans.

Co-sponsored by Senator Farley, the bill will create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled- veteran owned small businesses. The “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” will ensure New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts.

March 25, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SUPPORTS JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS

Gallivan sponsors new initiative to specifically help service-disabled veterans

March 24, 2014
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF THE “SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS ACT”

Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S6865), cosponsored by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), to facilitate the awarding of state contracts to disabled veterans. 

March 24, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Approval of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act

Senator Kennedy cosponsored bill to help veteran-owned businesses gain access to state contracts.

Recent estimates have indicated that approximately 1,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were unemployed in WNY.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the New York State Senate today passed the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, which will provide veteran-owned businesses with increased access to state contracts. Senator Kennedy cosponsored this legislation (S.6865) to help level the playing field for veterans who are competing with much larger operations to secure state business.

March 24, 2014
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MEASURE COSPONSORED BY SENATOR RITCHIE TO CREATE JOBS, EXPAND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS PASSES SENATE

State Senator Patty Ritchie speaks on the Senate floor on a measure she cosponsored to support the men and women of our Armed Forces by giving preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

March 24, 2014
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'JOBS FOR HEROES' BILL COSPONSORED BY SENATOR RITCHIE TO CREATE JOBS, EXPAND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS PASSES SENATE

***CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S REMARKS ON THE LEGISLATION***

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced a measure she cosponsored to support the men and women of our Armed Forces by giving preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans has passed the Senate.

The measure (S.6865) would create a six percent state contract set-aside for service-connected disabled-veteran owned small businesses, ensuring New York State’s service-connected disabled veterans are better able to compete for millions of dollars in state contracts. 

“I’m fortunate to be able to represent Fort Drum, as it gives me an opportunity on a regular basis to see everything our troops do not only for our region, but also for our country and this legislation is a tremendous way to say ‘thanks’ for their service” said Senator Ritchie.

March 24, 2014
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A Small Thank You To Deserving Heroes

ALBANY, 03/24/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he co-sponsors, to expand career opportunities for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses. 

“Our military members fight to defend our freedoms and preserve our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “We owe these men and women a great debt of gratitude, especially those who suffer combat injuries.  After sacrificing to protect and secure the American Dream, we must make sure these heroes are able to realize their own dreams when they return home.”

March 24, 2014
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Senate approves 'Jobs for Heroes' program to assist disabled veterans

Albany, N.Y., March 24—Last year Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature enacted a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans.

Today, the New York State Senate unanimously approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) known as the “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” to build on last year’s tax credit and further assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

March 24, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill for State Contract Set-Aside for Disabled Veterans

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S6865), sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, to facilitate the awarding of sta

March 24, 2014
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HONORING OUR NATION’S HEROES

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

March 24, 2014
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RITCHIE NOW ACCEPTING VETERANS HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS

Veterans to be Honored at Fort Drum Ceremony on May 15th 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame program.

CLICK HERE FOR A NOMINATION FORM

The Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who have served their country in the US Armed Forces and made significant contributions to their communities.

“Throughout the past several years I have had the opportunity to recognize so many men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices in their lives by serving in our Armed Forces,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 21, 2014
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March 21, 2014
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O'Mara praises legislative agreement to enact 'Jobs for Heroes' program to assist disabled veterans

Albany, N.Y., March 20— Building on last year’s creation of a Hire-a-Vet tax credit to encourage businesses in New York State to hire returning veterans, the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo  today announced an agreement to enact legislation, patterned after legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) known as the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program,” to assist New York State businesses owned by service-connected disabled veterans.

March 20, 2014
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William Leonard awarded Medal of Honor posthumously

It was my privilege to attend a special ceremony at the Pentagon on Wednesday to honor two dozen new recipients of the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest award for valor on the battlefield. William Leonard of Lockport posthumously received the award for his Army service during World War II. Lockport's Mayor Anne McCaffrey and I were delighted to see his daughters there this morning and share in celebrating William Leonard's unmatched heroism.

March 20, 2014
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Senator Ritchie Celebrates Fort Drum Day with Gen. Mike Howard

Senator Patty Ritchie hosted soldiers and officers of the 10th Mountain Division for her third annual Fort Drum Day at the New York State Senate on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Visitors were able to inteact with soldiers, view exhibits and learn more about Fort Drum. The highlight of the day was an address by General Michael Howard to senators in the historic Senate Chamber.

March 19, 2014
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