Issues: Military Affairs

Senator DeFrancisco Kicks Off Collection Drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers

Senator John A. DeFrancisco has started his collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers.  You can drop off your old cell phones at various collection sites throughout Onondaga County.   During a recent press conference, the Senator explained why the non-profit program is so important to soldiers and their families.

December 2, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Announces His 2011 Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive

Senator DeFrancisco held a press conference on November 29, 2011, to kick off his annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers.  He is pictured with Master Sergeant Peter Palumb and Major Martin Debock.

November 29, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Kicks Off His Annual Cell Phones for Soldiers Campaign

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), an Air Force veteran, is once again calling on Central New Yorkers to support our troops this holiday season by donating their used cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Major Martin Debock, executive officer for the Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion, Master Sergeant Peter Palumb, and Mark Burns, public affairs specialist for the battalion,joined Senator DeFrancisco at a press conference to discuss the importance of helping our troops stay connected.

November 29, 2011
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Celebrating Veterans Day in Rochester

Earlier on this Veterans Day, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at, and take part in, a ceremony at The Blue Cross Arena at Rochester War Memorial. Senator Robach was honored to present the wreath on behalf of the Town of Greece with Supervisor John Auberger. It was great to meet so many of our veterans that live in our community. Thank you again to all the men and women who have served our country, and continue to do so today.

November 11, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS HONORING SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN THIS VETERANS’ DAY

Queens, NY – “Today, we honor all of the brave individuals who put our nation’s safety before their own lives. Our veterans deserve thanks every single day for their love of this country and their sense of responsibility to protect us from danger. I salute New York’s veterans as well as veterans across the country for their dedication to ensuring our safety from those who wish to do us harm. Their service is admirable.”

Senator Gianaris continues to accept nominations for the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Nominations can be made to gianaris@nysenate.gov or by calling Senator Gianaris’ district office at 718-728-0960. Inductees will be announced early next year.

November 11, 2011
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Support Our Armed Forces This Veterans Day; Senator Parker Urges Brooklyn to Thank Our Servicemen and Women

(Brooklyn, NY) In recognition of Veterans Day this Friday, November 11th , State Senator Kevin Parker

November 10, 2011
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Senator Seward Salutes New York State Veterans

On Veterans Day, Americans should pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans.  Whether combat veterans or Cold War veterans, all who served need to be given proper praise for a job well done.  Our veterans have faced hardships that a non-veteran could never fully understand.  Some have faced death in defending our nation’s freedom.  Veterans possess the core American values of loyalty, duty, respect, honor, selfless service, personal courage and integrity.

November 10, 2011
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Hilton Veterans Day Celebration

On Wednesday, November 9th, Hilton held its Veterans Day ceremony, which included the dedication of the Veterans Wall at Hilton Town Hall. Over 300 students from elementary and middle schools around Hilton attended this event. Also, U.S. Army Sgt. David Earl Lemcke of Hilton returned home. Veterans, emergency personnel, and members of the community welcomed home Lemcke more than 40 years after he was killed serving our Country. Calling hours will be held on Friday. Saturday, his funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. at First Bible Baptist Church on Manitou Road.

November 10, 2011
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Griffo Bill To Support Grieving Military Families Signed Into Law

Griffo Bill To Support Grieving Military Families Signed Into Law

October 11, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES ‘STARS FOR OUR TROOPS’

Sets Goal to Collect 100 Worn US Flags to Cheer Service Men and Women Abroad

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that she is seeking 100 worn, tattered and faded American flags during the month of October as part of her “Stars for Our Troops” campaign to cheer 5,000 US service men and women overseas with a simple, patriotic reminder of home.

“The men and women of our military spend months in strange and dangerous lands far from home to protect the flag and the freedom it represents,” said Senator Ritchie. “This campaign allows us to retire a worn and used American flag in a dignified way that also tells a member of the US military that he or she is remembered, appreciated and respected.”

October 4, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Delivers on Military Dignity Act Promise

Governor Cuomo Signs Bills To Limit Protests at Military Funerals

Ronkonkoma, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I Shirley) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law Senator Zeldin’s bill to limit protests at military funerals.

In keeping with his 2010 campaign promises, Senator Zeldin sponsored and delivered passage of a series of bills, one of them named after Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth, an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the need to protect families mourning the loss of their fallen servicemember.

September 27, 2011
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Welcoming Home Veterans From Honor Flight

On Sunday, September 18th, Senator Robach had the privilege to welcome back World War II veterans from their Honor Flight to Washington D.C. It is always an honor to meet with the brave men and women who have given so much to fight for our Country. You can find out for information about Honor Flight Rochester by visiting their website at http://honorflightrochester.org/.

September 21, 2011
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Times Herald Record news report on local September 11th ceremonies in the Hudson Valley

Times Herald Record news report on local September 11th ceremonies in the Hudson Valley.

September 14, 2011
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"New York Remembers" Exhibitions Commemorate Tenth Anniversary Of September 11th

ONEONTA, 09/09/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today reminded New Yorkers that thirty “New York Remembers” exhibitions are now open statewide marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

“A decade has passed since the cowardly 9/11 attacks on America changed our lives forever,” said Senator Seward.  “Each and every community across our state felt the impact of that horrific day and in the days following the attacks, leaned on one another for support and compassion. I applaud Governor Cuomo for involving locations statewide in this tenth anniversary memorial – we shall never forget.”

September 9, 2011
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Army Community Covenant Event

Major General Michael Linnington, the Commanding General is accompanied by Congressman Grimm, Senator Golden and Assemblywoman Malliotakis.

September 1, 2011
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Public Hearing: To build awareness about hydraulic fracturing and solicit testimony regarding legislation and public policies needed to protect the health and welfare of the public and our environment

Aug. 23 Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallPublic Hearing: To build awareness about hydraulic fracturing and solicit testimony regarding legislation and public policies needed to protect the health and welfare of the public and our environmentPlace: Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Road, Katonah, New YorkTime: 9:30 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.Contact: Ali Skinner (845) 200-9716ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 23, 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM
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Route 15A in Lima to be Renamed the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently signed legislation into law (S. 3242 - Gallivan) that will designate the portion of Route 15A that runs through the Town of Lima as the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”.

“Every corner of this state has a rich tradition of national service and every citizen owes a degree of gratitude to all those who have served through the years. That is even more true for the residents of Lima,” Gallivan said. “Lima was founded by veterans of the Revolutionary War and the town has sent its sons and daughters to defend America in every one of our nation’s major armed conflicts. This designation is a fitting tribute to both the town and its tradition of military service.”

August 5, 2011
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AMITY BRIDGE & HIGHWAY TO BE RENAMED AFTER SCIO HERO JASON DUNHAM

AMITY - Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corporal Jason Dunham has been honored  in a special way with the naming of a bridge and part of State Route 19 near his hometown in his memory, according to state Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

August 5, 2011
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