Issues: Military Affairs

Senator Dean Skelos and The New York State Senate Salute New York's Veterans

Senator Dean Skelos and The New York State Senate Salute New York's Veterans.

 

Click here to view the NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.

November 5, 2012
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RITCHIE PARTNERING WITH RADIO HOST, AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’

Asks Public To Donate Christmas Cards For Troops

State Senator Patty Ritchie is partnering with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to urge the public to support the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross.

October 22, 2012
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Honor Flight Wraps up 2012 Season

On Sunday, October 21st, I had the privilege to welcome home World War II veterans at the Greater Rochester International Airport from their Honor Flight. Honor Flight flies veterans to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. This was the 26th such trip. For more information on this great organization, visit their website at http://honorflightrochester.org/.

October 22, 2012
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RITCHIE HEARS WARTIME MEMORIES FROM DECORATED WWII VET

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently sat down with Jefferson County WWII veteran Andy Cambron, to take a look at his many accolades and hear about the experiences he had as a member of the US Army. 

October 19, 2012
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DRIVER’S LICENSE DESIGNATION FOR VETERANS SIGNED INTO LAW

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation (S6799) was signed into law that allows the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran.

This law, which goes into effect next October, will make it easier for veterans to receive discounts and other special benefits where proof of military service is required. 

“Currently, many veterans carry around their DD-214 forms in order to prove that they are, in fact, veterans,” said Senator Larkin.  “Thanks to this new law, veterans can simply get this  designation put on their license, and their military paperwork can stay at home where it belongs.”

October 18, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE HONORS CENTRAL NEW YORK ‘HOMETOWN HEROES’

Medal of Honor Display Now Featured at Half-Shire Historical Society

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Central New York veterans at a special reception for  her Hometown Heroes Medal of Honor display, which is now being featured at the Half-Shire Historical Society in Richland.

The traveling display—which was created as part of the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln establishing the award—features the more than 45 local individuals who have received our nation’s highest military honor for their service in America’s armed forces. 

October 12, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS MILITARY VETERANS FOR PHEASANT HUNT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently joined military veterans for a pheasant hunt at the Basswoods Lodge and Hunting Preserve in Rensselaer Falls.  The 3rd annual free event was sponsored by several area businesses.   

October 12, 2012
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Veterans ID Bill Signed Into Law

ONEONTA, 10/03/12 – Veterans throughout the state will be able to display their veteran status proudly on their drivers’ licenses under legislation (S.6799) signed into law today.  The new legislation was co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and inspired in part by a request from a proud serviceman from the 51st district.

“This legislation is a straightforward method that will identify veterans, who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, and help them receive special discounts at businesses statewide, ” said Senator Seward.  “Easing the ID process for veterans and businesses who want to provide our brave servicemen and women with a thank you shouldn’t be that difficult.”

October 3, 2012
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PTSD PROGRAM FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY VETS TO LAUNCH IN NOVEMBER

Senator Ritchie Secures Funds for Program Named to Honor “9-11 Vet” 

September 11, 2012
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SERVES AS EMCEE AT WYOMING COUNTY VETS HIGHWAY RIBBON-CUTTING

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined local leaders and hundreds of veterans from across Wyoming County as a portion of NYS Rt. 20A was officially designated The Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway. Gallivan introduced the necessary legislation earlier this year along with state assemblyman, Daniel Burling, a Vietnam veteran himself.

“There is no more important constituency of mine than Western New York’s Veterans and their families,” Senator Gallivan said. “It’s important we always keep them in our thoughts, and I hope a new Memorial Highway will be both a reminder of their service and a tribute to their sacrifice.”

August 29, 2012
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RITCHIE TEAMS WITH HISTORIANS TO HONOR ‘HOMETOWN HEROES’

Exhibits in Jefferson, Oswego, St. Lawrence Counties Highlights Region’s Rich History of Soldiers Who Gained USA’s Top Military Honor

August 24, 2012
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HEROES OF OUR HOMETOWNS

Channel 7's Katie Alexander reports on my new Hometown Heroes exhibit featuring 15 of the 45 area residents who have received the USA's top military decoration for valor--the Medal of Honor.

The exhibit is taking place at the Jefferson County Historical Society, the St. Lawrence County Historical Society, Madrid's Heritage Days, and coming soon to Oswego County.

See the full display now by clicking here.

August 23, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPONSORS VETERANS APPRECIATION BREAKFAST TO THANK VETERANS FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY

     Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo says “thank you” to some of the many local veterans who took part in his veterans appreciation breakfast.

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently held a veterans appreciation breakfast as a way to say “thank you” for their service to our country. Over 200 veterans from across Senator Fuschillo’s Senate District came to the Seaford Knights of Columbus to participate in the event.

August 16, 2012
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Joining Forces to Remember, Honor Hispanic-American Veterans

Efforts ongoing to construct Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at Buffalo Naval Park.

Senator Kennedy pushing for Hispanic-American Veterans commemorative postage stamp.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – With Independence Day coming up tomorrow, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, and several prominent community leaders are joining forces to spread awareness of the many contributions of Hispanic-American Veterans. Efforts are underway to construct a Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, but more work remains before the monument can be completed.

July 3, 2012
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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS 'CERJAN HIGHWAY' BILL

New Connector Road to be Named in Honor of Fort Drum Soldier

July 3, 2012
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RITCHIE’S ‘VOICES OF AMERICA’ PROJECT IS MAKING HISTORY

Local Veterans Memories to be Made Part of State Archives

July 3, 2012
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June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO LET ‘GOLD STAR’ MOMS KEEP PLATES

Measure Sparked by Case of CNY Woman Forced to Surrender Commemorative License that Honored Fallen Son

June 21, 2012
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