Issues: Military Affairs

Fundraiser for LCpl John Curtin Raises More Than $10K

 

CARMEL, NY (5/20/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) announced that Friday’s fundraiser for LCpl John Curtin, held at the Carmel VFW Hall, raised more than $10,000 for the Curtin family with more than 200 attendees.

May 24, 2011
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Senator Ball Announces Purple Heart “Forever” Stamp

ALBANY, NY (5/4/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, joined Senator William Larkin, Jr. (R, C – Cornwall-On-Hudson), to announce that the U.S. Postal Service has classified the Purple Heart postage stamp as a “Forever” stamp, guaranteeing that the stamp will remain in circulation.

Prior to the “Forever” classification, each postage increase jeopardized the continued circulation of the Purple Heart stamp.

May 24, 2011
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BALL, "'SCUMBAG IN CHIEF' DEAD, TERROR STILL ALIVE" New York City stands as terror target number one

Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee issued a statement today on the state of security in New York State, the Senator’s full message can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qpT-a4ztmY

May 24, 2011
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Chairman Ball Places Radio Interoperability on Presidents Desk

 

New York, NY (April 12, 2011) –Senator Greg Ball (R, 40th District –Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess), Chairman of the Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee has sent a letter to the President of the United States, as well as all members of the U.S. Congress and officials from New York’s state security agencies  informing them of the Radio interoperability and communications system problems faced by New York’s first responders, nearly ten years after 9/11 exposed the weaknesses  of New York City’s emergency communication systems.

May 24, 2011
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Chairman Ball Announces Historic Bill Banning Protests at Military Funerals

 

ALBANY, NY- Senator Greg Ball announced his support today for a Bill which would ban the ability of individuals and groups to protest at the funeral services of military personnel. The bill which is being Co-sponsored by Ball, along with Senator Zeldin, is an attempt to protect members of the military and their families from groups who in recent years have used military funerals as a platform to gain attention for themselves and their agendas. Senator Ball stated "I believe this bill will have unanimous support from our Majority Conference and will be an important and fitting tribute to all those serving in uniform, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In coordination with my efforts to restore funding to our veterans homes this is one of many veterans bills that we will pass on this historic day and I ask New Yorkers to call upon the Assembly to do the same, immediately."

May 24, 2011
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Senator Martins Serves as Keynote Speaker at Armed Forces Day Ceremony in South Floral Park

The 21st annual South Floral Park “Armed Forces Day” was celebrated this past Saturday under sunny skies and a large crowd in front of South Floral Park Village Hall. The day is dedicated to the brave men and women who so proudly serve in our Armed Forces in the United States. Mayor Geoffrey Prime and Village Trustee George Ingram welcomed State Senator Jack M. Martins, who was tapped by village officials to serve as keynote speaker for event.

May 23, 2011
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May 30, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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5K Run to benefit the Semper Fi Fund

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), Congressman Michael Grimm (R-C, 13th District) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 60th District) were among those participating in the 5K Run to benefit the Semper Fi Fund on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

The 5K course ran along the scenic Narrows Promenade, along the Shore Road Bike Path, and an awards ceremony followed at Cannonball Park, 101st Street and 4th Avenue, immediately following the race.

The Injured Semper Fi Fund is a nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. For more information, please visit their website at www.semperfifund.org

May 23, 2011
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5/20/2011: Pre-Memorial Remembrance Luncheon

PRE-MEMORIAL REMEMBRANCE LUNCHEON

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May 20, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 816 LOB

May 24, 1:30 PM - 1:37 PM
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BROOKLYN 5K RUN TO BENEFIT SEMPER FI FUND SET FOR SATURDAY

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), Congressman Michael Grimm (R-C, 13th District) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 60th District) are among those expected to participate in the 5K Run to benefit the Semper Fi Fund this Saturday, May 21, 2011 starting 10:00 a.m. at 81st Street and Shore Road.

The 5K course runs along the scenic Narrows Promenade, along the Shore Road Bike Path, and an awards ceremony and raffle will take place at Cannonball Park, 101st Street and 4th Avenue, immediately following the race.

May 19, 2011
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May 20, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Military Voting

NYS Senator Bill Larkin comments on legislation which would allow more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted in special elections.

May 18, 2011
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Stewart Air National Guard Base Announcement

Senator Bill Larkin comments on the Air Force announcement on placing the new C-17 Globemaster transport planes at the 105th Air Guard Base located at Stewart Airport.

May 18, 2011
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Senate Veterans Committee Press Conference

Senator Larkin speaks during a press conference held by the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.

May 18, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Room 816 LOB

May 17, 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
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Apply for a New York State Conspicuous Service Cross, Conspicuous Service Medal, or a Medal for Merit.

Thank you for your military service.  Eligibility requirements and links to applications for each military medal are listed below. For more information, or to receive a hard copy of an application, please contact Lindsay Bednarczyk in my district office at 315-428-7632.

All completed applications can be sent to my district office:

800 State Office Building 333 E. Washington Street Syracuse, NY 13202

 

Conspicuous Service Cross Eligibility Criteria:

May 10, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Greg Ball, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Room 816 LOB

May 10, 1:30 PM - 2:53 PM
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Griffo Helps Commemorate New Purple Heart Stamp Classification

Griffo Commemorates New Purple Heart Stamp ClassificationU.S. Postal Service Makes Purple Heart Stamp “Forever”

(Utica) – State Senator Joseph Griffo joined members of the Central New York Chapter 490 Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA in commemorating the national unveiling of the new Purple Heart 'Forever' stamp by the United States Postal Service. The U.S. Postal Service will officially unveil and issue the Purple Heart “Forever” stamp in San Diego on May 5, 2011.

May 5, 2011
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