Issues: Military Affairs

Tkaczyk: Single Primary Day will Protect Military Voting Rights, Save Taxpayers $50 MILLION

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said the Senate should immediately vote on a bill passed yesterday by the Assembly to enact a single Primary Election date in June. Consolidating State and Federal primaries to a single day would protect the voting rights of military members serving overseas and would save taxpayers more than $50 million every two year election cycle.

Senator Tkaczyk co-sponsored the measure in the Senate to consolidate the primaries and bring the state into compliance with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. MOVE was enacted to ensure that votes from military personnel and Americans living abroad are received in time and counted.

January 14, 2014
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RITCHIE ATTENDS DEPLOYMENT CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fort Drum recently, to attend a deployment ceremony for roughly 1,000 10th Mountain Division headquarters and sustainment brigade soldiers. The ceremony marked the beginning of a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.  

(Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend)

January 13, 2014
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Franciscan Companies Donate More than 500 Phones to Senator DeFrancisco's Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive

On December 17, 2013, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco received the largest single donation to benefit his Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive -- more than 500 mobile phones from Franciscan Companies and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center.  This outstanding donation will provide more than 1,000 hours of free talk time to our soldiers serving overseas.  

December 19, 2013
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL TO END DUPLICATE TAXATION ON VEHICLES OF RETURNING MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS

               State Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced today (12/19/13) that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S.4170A) into law that will end double sales taxation on vehicles of military members who have returned home to New York State.

December 19, 2013
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MORE THAN 7,800 CHRISTMAS CARDS COLLECTED FOR "HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES" PROGRAM

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has collected more than 7,800 cards to be sent to US soldiers through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross. 

Cards—which were donated by schools, local businesses, community groups, and individuals as well as County Clerk’s offices—will be distributed to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations. 

December 3, 2013
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World War II veterans honored by Senator O'Brien

FAIRPORT, N.Y. -- Two local veterans of the Second World War who were inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame earlier this year were recognized by Senator O'Brien at the Perinton Memorial VFW Post 8495, the home of "Freedom Hill."

Bob Nolan of the Army and Lyle Dupra of the Naval Armed Guard and Navy were recognized for their service.  Dupra is also a veteran of the Korean conflict, while Nolan later had a long career with the Central Intelligence Agency.

November 25, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Unveils New Bill to Help Veterans Secure SUNY Credit for Military Training

At Veterans Forum and Services Fair, Kennedy outlined the VETS Credits Act, which will make college more affordable for veterans and help them complete coursework faster. 

Kennedy: By giving credit where credit is due, New York State and its public university system can ease and accelerate veterans’ transition into civilian life.

November 19, 2013
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NY SENATE TO CONVENE MASSIVE CYBERSECURITY HEARING IN ROME

ROME - Six Senate committees will hold a joint hearing at noon Monday to hear testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks.

“Cyber crime is a major economic issue, resulting in more than $500 million in losses last year alone,” said Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee and is hosting the event. “There’s a reason why England considers it an even greater threat than nuclear war. We need to take a closer look at what our state is doing to prevent cyberattacks that could affect our security, our economy and our government.”

November 15, 2013
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November 15, 2013
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LARKIN HONORED FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE 65TH INFANTRY REGIMENT

The 65th Infantry Honor Task Force today dedicated the opening of its “65th Infantry Regiment/American Latinos in the United States Military” exhibit to Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) for his unwavering support of the 65th Infantry Regiment.  The exhibit will be displayed in the Taino Stickball Community Gallery in New York City.

November 13, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin Visits Tangier Smith Elementary School Veterans Day Celebration

Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) stopped by the Tangier Smith Elementary School Friday to take part in their Veterans Day Celebration.

A veteran himself and current Major in the Army Reserves, Senator Zeldin stood alongside some of our nation’s finest as they were presented with ‘thank you cards’ from the students for their dedicated service to our country.

November 13, 2013
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Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans: A Column by Senator Lee Zeldin

A distinctly American tradition, Veterans Day serves as an important reminder to honor and thank all of those who have sacrificed so much to preserve American freedom and liberty.

November 13, 2013
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MEASURE TO GIVE CAPITOL FLAG TO FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES SIGNED INTO LAW

Bill Cosponsored by Senator Ritchie Named for Slain Fort Drum Officer

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that a bill she cosponsored to create the “Lt. Colonel Todd Clark Memorial Flag Presentment Program” has been signed into law. 

The measure, which was named after a 10th Mountain Division officer from Evans Mills who was killed earlier this year in Afghanistan, would provide that every family of a fallen service member be given US and New York State flags that flew over the State Capitol at half-staff in their honor.

“By lowering flags to half-staff, we pay tribute to the tremendous sacrifices made by the brave men and women who serve our country,” said Senator Ritchie.

“This new law allows us to say thank you, and express our sympathy in a very small way to the families and the loved ones of those who have given their lives for the protection of our freedom.”

The Governor has ordered the flags lowered at the Capitol and every state government building at least five times this year, and 12 times in 2012, usually to honor a fallen service member, but also in the case of certain dignitaries, deceased government leaders and national tragedies.

November 12, 2013
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Town of Greenburgh's Annual Veterans Day Celebration

On Monday, November 11th, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at the Town of Greenburgh's Annual Veterans Day Celebration, thanking the local veterans for their dedication in making our nation what it is today. Also, at the celebration were Town Councilman Ken Jones, Town of Greenburgh Chief of Police Joseph DeCarlo, Westchester County Legislator (District 8) Alfreda Williams and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (District 92).

November 12, 2013
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VFW Empire Post #375's Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

Senator Stewart-Cousins thanked the veterans of the VFW Empire Post #375's for their service to our country at their Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11th in Yonkers, NY. Senator Stewart-Cousins, whose father was a member of the "Buffalo Soldiers" 92nd Infantry Division and fought in Italy during WWII, mentioned in her speech, "Due to my father's and millions of other veterans' unrelenting persistence and selflessness to defend this country, we are able to enjoy days like Veterans' Day."

November 12, 2013
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ADDABBO RALLIES ‘ROUND THE CLOCKTOWER FLAG FOR VETERANS DAY

Queens, NY, November 12, 2013 --  On Friday, November 8Senator Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), Patrick Ruddin and Dr. Andrew Rubin of Medisys Health Network, veterans from VFW Post 2565 in Howard Beach, American Legion Post 1404 in Broad Channel, American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven, Christine Maratino from Delta Flag & Sign Co.

November 12, 2013
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES CREATION OF NEW LIVINGSTON COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY

Span of Route 20A Will Connect At County Line With Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) applauded Governor Cuomo today for taking time over the Veterans Day Weekend to sign legislation (S.4752 - Gallivan) designating a stretch of Route 20A as the "Livingston County Veterans Memorial Highway." The portion to be designated begins at I-390 and runs west to the Livingston County line, where it meets with a portion of Route 20A in Wyoming County already designated as the Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway.

November 12, 2013
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Senator Kevin Parker Introduces College Credits for Veterans

(Brooklyn, NY) – On the eve of the national Veterans Day holiday observance on Monday, November 11, 2013, Senator Kevin Parker (D-21), announced he would be introducing the NY CARES Act (New York College Aid for Returning Empire State Service members).  The bill requires New York’s public and private universities to accept military service for some college credit.

November 11, 2013
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