Issues: Military Affairs

Honoring Our Hometown Heroes on Your Voice

On this special edition of Your Voice to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and veterans, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognizes his honoree for the New York State Senate 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame, WWII veteran Stan F.

May 29, 2014
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Town of Greece Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

I joined my colleagues in government and the Greece community at the annual Town of Greece Memorial Day parade and ceremony. This is a great tradition that is attended by so many local veterans, organizations and residents. Thanks to all who participated in the parade and to everyone who came to the ceremony afterwards to honor all those who have died for our country. 

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May 28, 2014
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Greece Post 468 Memorial Day Remembrance

On Memorial Day, I joined members of the Greece Post 468 American Legion at their remembrance ceremony. This was a moving tribute that paid homage to those who died in the name freedom and liberty. We're so fortunate to have a active and dedicated American Legion Post in the Town of Greece.

May 28, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Speaks at Memorial for Fallen Greenwood Lake Soldier, Lance Cpl. Scott A. Lynch

Senator Bonacic was a guest speaker at the dedication ceremonies to honor Lance Cpl. Scott A. Lynch of Greenwood Lake, killed in action in Afghanistan in October, 2010.  The Senator presented the family with a NYS Senate Resolution, and a posthumous Liberty Medal which is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the NYS Senate. A memorial to LCPL Lynch was also unveiled at Greenwood Lake's American Legion Post #1443.

May 28, 2014
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Town of Gates Memorial Day Ceremony

I was honored to join my colleagues in government and residents from the Town of Gates at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Gates Town Hall. This was a wonderful community ceremony that paid tribute to our nation's veterans, active troops and those who died in combat. Thanks to all who took time out of their day to honor our nation's heroes.

May 27, 2014
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New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade

Senator Stewart-Cousins with Congressman Engel and Mayor Bramson paying tribute to service members who sacrificed their lives for our freedom at the New Rochelle Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26th.

May 27, 2014
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ADDABBO NAMES SERPHIN MALTESE TO NYS SENATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Queens, NY (May 27, 2014) – Before he was a 10-term State Senator and before he worked as an attorney, Serphin Maltese was a member of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. took the opportunity to honor Maltese and selected him to be enrolled in the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

May 27, 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, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 816 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE  Several bills are being Reported to the Order of Special Report

May 28, 1:30 PM - 1:39 PM
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Senator Parker Honors Honduran-born Purple Heart Recipient

(Brooklyn, NY) – On May 20, the eve of Memorial Day, Senator Kevin Parker and his State Senate colleagues honored veterans from their respective districts during the Senate’s annual Veterans Hall of Fame Awards ceremony. Senator Parker’s honoree was Paul Morales, a native of Honduras that immigrated to the United States in 1965. Specialist E-4 Morales was selected by the Senator for his distinguished service in the United States Army, which awarded Mr. Morales with the Purple Heart Medal.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Parker, Legislators and Veterans Groups Advocate for Bill to Guarantee Veteran Amputees Latest Prosthetic Technology

(Brooklyn, NY) – Yesterday, Senator Kevin Parker joined Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo and veterans groups advocate to announce their bill, A6820/S5390, which clarifies that amputee veterans who have lost a limb due to their military service, and who have private insurance to supplement their Veterans Administration benefits, cannot be denied replacement of their outdated artificial limbs when new and more advanced prosthetic technology is available.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Jeff Klein Honors Bronx Resident Salvatore J. Conforto as Newest Inductee into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame

ALBANY, NY - Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today paid tribute to his nominee, Salvatore J. Conforto, as becoming the newest member to be selected to the New York State Senate's Veteran's Hall of Fame. The prestigious honor is bestowed upon local residents throughout the state for their patriotic service in the U.S. Armed Forces and complemented by their service to their community. 

May 21, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY’S JOHN HALFORD AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored St. Lawrence County’s John Halford as her 2014 inductee to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame from the 48th Senate District at a special ceremony held Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Entering the US Marine Corps at age 17, John Halford served in the Raider Battalion that was part of the daring raid on Makin Island during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Gouverneur, finished high school, and went on to SUNY Canton—which at the time, was known as the Agricultural and Technical Institute.  Since retiring, John and his wife have played an active role in helping to improve the lives of people in the North Country, especially through his work as a member of the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors.

May 21, 2014
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Delaware County WWII Veteran Enshrined In Senate Veterans Hall Of Fame

ALBANY, 05/20/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today paid tribute to Edward Rossley of Bovina Center as a 2014 inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

“Edward Rossley is a true American hero, and more than worthy of inclusion in the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame,” said Senator Seward.  “Mr. Rossley displayed superior bravery and courage while serving our nation and, upon returning home, dedicated himself to the betterment and safety of his community.

May 20, 2014
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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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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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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.

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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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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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