Issues: Military Affairs

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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LOHUD: NEW LAWS AIMS TO PRESERVE PUBLIC JOBS OF THOSE WHO SERVE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday signed a law that enhances job security for public employees serving in the military, according to Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli, who authored the measure.

July 22, 2011
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WALL STREET JOURNAL: NY LAWS HELP WINERIES, SOLDIERS, OVERDOSE VICTIMS

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's newest laws will give the growing wine industry a boost, provide public workers on active military service more protection and give victims of drug overdoses a better chance to survive.

The state's wine industry will get several of the measures it sought, but not the biggest: the sale of wine in grocery stores. Wineries will, however, be able to more easily open branch stores and mail bottles directly to customers nationwide. Farm wineries also will be allowed to provide what's called "custom crush capability," which will encourage smaller vineyards to enter the retail business.

July 22, 2011
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BALL’S VETERANS CEMETERY BILL

Chairman Ball Urges Action on Honor Deserving of New York Veterans

Carmel, N.Y. – (07/21/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, held a meeting in Putnam County to get the word out about legislation(S5381A/A1386A) that would create a State Veterans Cemetery in New York. The informational meeting, which was held at the Spain Memorial Cornerstone Park in Carmel, N.Y., was designed to educate the public about the legislation, as well as the United States Veterans Cemetery Grant Program.

July 21, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS BALL, CASTELLI MILITARY PROTECTION ACT

Brewster,  N.Y. – (07/18/11) – A bill that protects the jobs of public employees who are called to serve their country is now on the books in New York State. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed The Ball, Castelli Military Protection Act (S4583A) into law. The bill, sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Assemblyman Robert Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge), protects public employees’ jobs when they are absent on military duty.

July 21, 2011
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Senator Flanagan and Congressman Bishop Welcome Home Wounded Hero

            Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Congressman Tim Bishop (1st Congressional District) recently traveled to the home of Ronnie Brandafino to welcome the United States Marine home to Nesconset.  Corporal Brandafino was visiting his family following months of treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for injuries he sustained during a helicopter accident while training in Hawaii.

July 19, 2011
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Times-Herald: Lack of burial plots for veterans looms

7/4/2011 - Since the days when battles of the American Revolution were fought here, people in the mid-Hudson have sought to honor in death those local residents who have served the nation in uniform.

July 11, 2011
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Examiner: Putnam Leg. Moves Forward on Veterans’ Cemetery

7/1/2011 - The Putnam County Legislature voted 7-1 to agree to take on the perpetual care, operations and maintenance of a proposed veterans’ cemetery in Southeast – should it be built – at a special full meeting at the Historic Courthouse in Carmel Wednesday night. Legislators, though, expressed concerns over financial and environmental issues and added wording to the resolution to ensure the project wouldn’t move forward without them having a second shot at it with more time to research the plan. …

July 11, 2011
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LoHud: Vietnam memorial replica will come to Putnam; vets raise money

7/4/2011 - Former service members, families and friends will have a chance to remember those who fell in the Vietnam War when a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial comes to Putnam County.

July 11, 2011
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