Issues: Veterans

GPAS Veterans Day Concert

In honor of Veterans Day, the Greece Performing Arts Society hosted a concert featuring Prime Time Brass, The Greece Choral Society and the Greece Concert Band. It was a great tribute to our area veterans, and helped raise money for Honor Flight Rochester.

November 12, 2014
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Yonkers Veterans Day Ceremony

(Yonkers - November 11th) Senator Stewart-Cousins spent the morning of Veterans Day saluting and honoring her veteran constituents all over her district, in these photos, joining Mayor Mike Spano and Assemblymember Shelley Mayer at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Yonkers.

November 12, 2014
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A Veterans Day Message from Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

A Veterans Day Message from Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

November 11, 2014

On this Veterans Day, I am proud to say that I served in United States Army's 35th Quarter Master Battalion. In 1960, I was sent from my home in Puerto Rico to receive basic training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. From South Carolina, I was sent to serve our country in Ludwisburg, Germany. As a Veteran, I would like to honor all who served with a message to all Members of the Armed Services: Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms. May the Lord continue to bless you and your families.

 

November 11, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Recognizes 12-Year-Old Jake Gallin of New Rochelle for His Initiative to Honor Military Families This Veterans Day

New Rochelle, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, used the phone to connect via the school's public address system, to make a special announcement to students at the Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle in honor of Veterans Day, and gave 12-year-old Jake Gallin a Certificate of Recognition for his “Stars for Cars” initiative to assist and recognize military families.

November 10, 2014
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State Highway Named In Honor Of Delaware County Veterans

DAVENPORT, 11/10/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta)  and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R/C/I – New Hartford) today joined members of Davenport VFW Post 487 to announce that a portion of New York State Highway 23 is being renamed in honor of United States servicemen and women.  The legislators and veterans unveiled a sign today commemorating the designation.

Anthony Moore with Davenport Memorial Post 487 contacted Senator Seward and requested that New York State Highway 23, through the Town of Davenport, be renamed to serve as a memorial to recently deceased members who served in Korea and fought in World War II, as well as the many veterans residing in the Town of Davenport.

November 10, 2014
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE HIRING RESOURCE FOR VETERANS

Eligible Veterans Can Submit Information for Temporary State Employment Consideration

Senator Andrew Lanza today announced the launch of a new online portal that will provide veterans the tools they need to connect with temporary employment opportunities offered by New York State. The website enables job seekers to upload resumes and designate geographic preferences, which State agencies then use to identify and consider candidates for open positions throughout New York.

November 10, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN REGARDING THE VETO OF VETERANS’ SERVICE CREDIT LEGISLATION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said today:  “I am extremely disappointed with Governor Cuomo’s veto of the veterans’ buyback legislation (S.7839/A.6974-B) and I am especially disheartened that he chose to do so the eve of Veterans Day.  I am currently in the process of meeting with my legislative staff in order to determine the best course of action to move this issue forward in spite of the Governor’s veto.  I will continue to do all I can to ensure that New York’s veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve.”

 

November 10, 2014
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Veterans Day 2014 - Saluting Those Who Served

As a veteran myself, I know there is no greater service that a citizen can give to our country than to risk his or her life so that our freedoms can be protected.

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of our veterans, who have honorably served this great Nation. Their invaluable sacrifices and contributions have not gone unnoticed.

That is why I wanted to provide you with more information on several new programs and services that I have supported to better assist our military members and their families. To read about these measures, please click on the link below.

Again, thank you to all of our veterans, and I hope you, and yours, have a safe and memorable Veterans Day.

November 10, 2014
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November 10, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) announced that legislation he sponsored creating a Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund to support military servicemen and women who need help with housing has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The law allows New Yorkers to contribute to the fund when filing their personal income taxes. 

November 10, 2014
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A Veterans Day message from Senator O'Mara ~ see listings of local Veterans Day observances

America will be observing this year's Veterans Day with the promise of troops coming home, but with so many others still bravely engaged in the war against terrorism.

It's being observed at a time when the world's stage remains embroiled in uncertainty and instability.

It truly is a momentous and dangerous time in world history and so our annual tribute to veterans remains meaningful on so many different levels.

November 7, 2014
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RITCHIE HELPS HONOR VETERANS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fort Drum recently, taking part in a Veterans Day ceremony held at the post’s Memorial Park. 

At the service, those who have served were honored with a ceremonial placing of the wreath as well as remarks from those who spoke about the sacrifices made by members of our military.

November 7, 2014
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'Children honor veterans in Horseheads' ~ Center Street Elementary School holds its 7th Annual salute to veterans

The nation celebrates Veterans Day next Tuesday, November 11 ,2014.

Yesterday at the Center Street Elementary School in Horseheads, students and faculty held their 7th Annual tribute to veterans.

Read more in today's:

Elmira Star-Gazette, "Children honor veterans in Horseheads"

November 7, 2014
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Take a Vet to School Day

In recognition of Veterans Day, I was proud to partner with Time Warner Cable and the History Channel to host Take a Vet to School Day at Gates Chili High School. This nationwide event brings veterans into the classroom to share their firsthand experiences in the armed forces and combat, and gives the students a better understanding of the sacrifices our veterans make to protect our country and our freedoms.

November 6, 2014
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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, REMEMBER OUR TROOPS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

November 3, 2014
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VETERANS’ SERVICE CREDIT LEGISLATION SENT TO THE GOVERNOR

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that Senate bill S.7839 has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his review and action.  This legislation, an extension of the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000, would allow all honorably discharged veterans who are members of the New York State Public Retirement System to purchase up to three years of service credit for military service.  Currently, only public employees who served in the armed forces during certain military conflicts are permitted to receive this pension benefit.

October 29, 2014
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RITCHIE: HELP ME SEND HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO TROOPS

Offices to Feature Drop Boxes for “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Program

State Senator Patty Ritchie is once again calling on Central and Northern New Yorkers to join her in sending warm wishes to troops through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. 

An initiative sponsored by the American Red Cross, Holiday Mail for Heroes collects holiday cards, personally signed by donors, to distribute to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines at military bases, veterans’ hospitals and other locations to let them know they are remembered and appreciated back home. Last year, along with help from local residents, schools and other organizations, Senator Ritchie was able to deliver nearly 8,000 cards to the Red Cross. 

“When someone thinks of the holiday season, spending time with family and friends are two of the top things that typically come to mind,” said Senator Ritchie.  “In addition to putting their lives on the line to serve our country, members of the military make another big sacrifice—being away from their loved ones at this special time of year. To send a “touch of home” to our troops, I’m hoping that Central and Northern New Yorkers once again take the time to participate in this very important program.”

October 27, 2014
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Olean Veteran William H. Button Honored for Service in World War II

For Release: Immediate, October 24, 2014 

U.S. Navy Veteran Receives Awards Earned 70 Years Ago

            OLEAN - In recognition of his outstanding service during World War II, United States Navy veteran William H. Button was honored and presented with long overdue medals today.

            In a ceremony at the Pines in Olean, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) presented Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class (PhM3c) Button with the military medals and awards he earned serving his country overseas seven decades ago.

October 24, 2014
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