Issues: Military Affairs

Senator DeFrancisco's Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive Raises a Record Amount - Thanks to the Support of the CNY Community

On February 1, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco officially wrapped up his 2013 Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive to benefit our deployed soldiers.  Senator DeFrancisco announced that his office collected 1,500 donated cell phones this season- a record amount!   These phones will provide nearly 6,000 hours of free talk time to soldiers stationed around the world. 

Senator DeFranciso is grateful to the Central New York community for its overwhelming support.  He also thanks all of the local businesses, schools and organizations that served as his designated collection sites.  These sites were expanded into Auburn, Fayetteville and Manlius this season:

February 1, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Bipartisan Group of Senators Propose Tax Credit for Local Businesses Hiring Young Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates amongst New York’s returning combat veterans, Independent Democratic Conference Leader and Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, alongside fellow IDC member Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland), Republican Senator Greg Ball (R-Putnam) and a bipartisan group of Senators from across New York, introduced legislation today to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.”

January 29, 2013
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Senator David Valesky Co-sponsors Legislation to Enact Veterans Hiring Tax Credit to Boost Statewide Economy and Reduce High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Seeking new and effective ways to spur job creation and address perennially high unemployment rates among New York’s returning combat veterans, Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) is co-sponsoring legislation  (S.3043) to provide major tax credits to private employers hiring veterans discharged after 9/11. The legislation is named “Jobs for Heroes.” 

January 29, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Senator Flanagan Joins Senate Colleagues In Recognizing Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron

Senator John Flanagan (New York Senate) and his colleagues in the New York State Senate welcome the Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron from the Long Island group of Civil Air Patrol Color Guard to Albany -- January 14, 2013

January 18, 2013
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SENATOR RITCHIE, FORT DRUM TROOPS MAKE HOLIDAY VISIT TO OSWEGO CHILD BATTLING CANCER

Julian Ross Made Honorary “Sergeant” by 10th Mountain Division Soldiers

State Senator Patty Ritchie, along with members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division, on Tuesday visited the home of Julian Ross, an Oswego County second grader who has been battling cancer for more than a year.

Utilizing her close ties with Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, Senator Ritchie arranged the visit after learning of seven year-old Julian’s fascination with all-things military.

December 18, 2012
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PFC JOSEPH DWYER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Veteran Outreach Made Possible Through Grant Secured by Senator Ritchie

Returning veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat related illnesses can now get care through a new peer-support program located in Jefferson County. 

The PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans—located at 247 State Street in Watertown—was made possible in part through a grant secured by State Senator Patty Ritchie. 

December 7, 2012
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CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW YORKERS SEND MORE THAN 2,200 HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO TROOPS

Senator Ritchie Partners with Radio Host, American Red Cross for ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’

Central and Northern New Yorkers have donated more than 2,200 holiday cards to State Senator Patty Ritchie’s offices for distribution to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations around the world through the American Red Cross program “Holiday Mail for Heroes.” 

Earlier this holiday season, Senator Ritchie partnered with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to enlist the public’s support for  the initiative.   

December 4, 2012
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LISBON STUDENTS GET CRAFTY WITH CARDS FOR ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’ PROGRAM

Nearly 1,000 Holiday Greetings Collected

Throughout Central, Northern New York So Far

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Lisbon Central School Wednesday to collect handmade holiday cards from students in Jane Brown-Flack’s second grade class who took part in the American Red Cross’ ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ program. 

Senator Ritchie is partnering with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to urge the public to support ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes,’ which helps to deliver tens of thousands of holiday greetings every year to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations. 

So far, nearly 1,000 holiday greetings have been donated from as far away as Missouri, as well as schools and veterans posts in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

November 28, 2012
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Senator Jeff Klein to Host Jobs Fair for Veterans on Wednesday, November 14th at the Hutchinson Metro Center in The Bronx

The Bronx, NY – On Wednesday, November 14th at the Hutchinson Metro Center at 1200 Waters Place in The Bronx, NY, Senator Klein will host a job fair exclusively for our nation’s veterans. At the event, over 30 New York and Bronx based employers will reach out to veterans about current openings at their company or institution. To maximize the use of each veteran’s time, Senator Klein has only invited those employers who currently have job opportunities available and are actively seeking to employ our returning vets.

November 9, 2012
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School #36 26th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

On Thursday night, I had the honor to speak at, and talk with students, faculty, staff, their families, and local veterans at the annual Veterans Day ceremony. This was the 26th year for the ceremony. The students, faculty, and staff did a wonderful job as always on this great annual event to honor those who have served our Country.

November 9, 2012
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Kennedy Calls for New System to Ensure National Guard Members Get Opportunity to Vote

Local National Guard members responding to Superstorm Sandy may miss opportunity to vote in this year’s presidential election.

Kennedy says brave men and women called into duty by disaster or security threat should have a chance to cast ballots.

Kennedy: When disaster strikes, the National Guard is there for New York State. Going forward, the state needs to be there for them and ensure they get ballots for commander-in-chief.    

November 5, 2012
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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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