Issues: Military Affairs

May 20, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Honor Flight Makes First 2011 Trip

On Saturday, April 9th, Senator Robach had the privilege to welcome back local Veterans following the first Honor Flight of 2011 at the Greater Rochester International Airport. 48 World War II veterans made the trip to Washington D.C. and visited the memorial built to honor all those who fought in that war. For more information on Honor Flight, visit http://www.honorflightrochester.org/.

April 12, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Welcomes Major Michael McDermott to the State Senate

 

Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently welcomed Major Michael McDermott to the State Senate.  Major McDermott, who is now Aide-de-Camp at West Point, was Senator Zeldin’s company commander with the 82nd Airborne Division in Tikrit, Iraq.  Major McDermott was in Albany on April 6, 2011 as part of West Point Day, an annual event in the State Legislature honoring West Point cadets.

 

April 8, 2011
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Griffo Passes Measure to Help Grieving Military Families

Griffo Pushes Back On Behalf of Grieving Military Families

 

(Utica) - State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today announced that he is moving forward with legislation to protect military families from being subjected to indignity in a time of deep grief.

April 7, 2011
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West Point Day at the State Capitol

Senator Skelos is pictured with Cadet Colin James Hennessy of Lynbrook & Cadet Jeffrey Jeau Jang of Woodmere on West Point Day at the State Capitol. 

April 7, 2011
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SENATE CELEBRATES NEW YORK’S SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

Bills Create Opportunities for Honoring, Remembering and Informing Veterans

The New York State Senate today focused on the important contributions of current and former service men and women by passing three measures to honor and remember their legacies, as well as help them stay informed of the benefits and services available to them. The Senators were joined by a contingent of visitors from the United States Military Academy for what is known as West Point Day at the Capitol.

 

April 6, 2011
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Senate Celebrates New York's Service Men and Women

The New York State Senate today focused on the important contributions of current and former service men and women by passing three measures to honor and remember their legacies, as well as help them stay informed of the benefits and services available to them. The Senators were joined by a contingent of visitors from the United States Military Academy for what is known as West Point Day at the Capitol.

April 6, 2011
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Senator Martins Welcomes American Legion Members to the State Capitol

Senator Jack M. Martins continued his listening tour by meeting with local veterans with Nassau County's American Legion in his office at the State Capitol. The listening tour has hosted hundreds of constituents from all areas of his district in an effort to hear the concerns and challenges that people face in these challenging economic times for the state and country. Members of the Nassau County American Legion, led by former Elmont American Legion Commander Bill Ost met with Senator Martins and discussed pending veteran's legislation being reviewed in the State Senate. "Every time I meet with our local Veterans they inspire me," said Senator Martins.

March 21, 2011
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State Senate Passes Legislation To Limit Protests at Military Funerals

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that the New York State Senate passed two pieces of legislation that would limit the impact of protesters at military funerals. Collectively, the two bills would prohibit protests within a 500 foot radius of a military funeral, and force protest organizers to post a bond to the local municipality and receive a permit from the New York State Department of Military and Naval Affairs to conduct a protest within 2500 feet of a military funeral.

March 16, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals, Additional Legislation to Support Veterans

The New York State Senate Monday passed legislation (S.3901) that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

 

 

This legislation is part of a package of Veterans bills that was passed by the Senate Monday. 

 

 

In addition, the Senate passed legislation that would significantly enhance the protection of property, rights and services available to current and former military personnel. The seven bills would build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to increase support for veterans and their families.

 

March 15, 2011
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Senators Martins and Zeldin Fight For Sanctity of Military Funerals

Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

A bill, sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin and co-sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins, to limit protests at military funerals has passed the New York State Senate. The legislation (S.3901), The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act, is named for an Iraq War veterans who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 15, 2011
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Senator Valesky Supports New Programs to Benefit New York's Servicemen and Women

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) voted to pass a package of legislation that extends or creates programs to honor the brave veterans and active military personnel who serve our nation.

March 15, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals


" Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act"

 

 

The New York State Senate passed legislation today (S.3901), that would limit protests at military funerals. Called " Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act," the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 14, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Support Veterans

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would significantly enhance the protection of property, rights and services available to current and former military personnel. The seven bills would build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to increase support for veterans and their families.

March 14, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Limit Protests at Military Funerals

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3901), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley), that would limit protests at military funerals.  Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.

March 14, 2011
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3/14/2011: Public Hearing on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

Agenda: To understand the needs of New York State veterans as well as gauge the quality of services they are currently receiving and how we can better serve them

March 14, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON TODAY'S AIR FORCE ANNOUNCEMENT

"I congratulate the men and women of the 105th Airlift Wing on this momentous announcement," said Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson). "The Air Force has made a terrific choice in selecting Stewart Air National Guard Base as the home of their new C-17 Globemaster transport planes. This decision confirms what we in the region have known for a long time, that the 105th Airlift Wing is one of the finest, most professional units in the Air Guard. Placing the C-17's at Stewart will ensure the long term stability of the Air Force Base and is a great boost to the Hudson Valley economically," said Larkin.

March 10, 2011
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O'Mara-sponsored legislation to strengthen military voting signed into law

Albany, N.Y., March 9—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law today legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

The occasion marks the first piece of legislation that O'Mara has sponsored as a member of the Senate that’s been signed into law.  Prior to his election to the Senate last November, O'Mara served as a state assemblyman for three consecutive terms beginning in 2004.

March 9, 2011
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