Issues: Military Affairs

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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March 9, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Griffo Supports Senate Extension of Military Vote Count

Griffo Supports Senate Extension of Military Vote Count Governor-backed measure expected to be signed soon

New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) this week, voted to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.

The Senate passed the legislation (Senate bill # 3500); one day after the Assembly passed the companion version.

March 7, 2011
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Public Hearing: To consider opportunities to improved New York State’s Homeland Security Operations and how far we have come since September 11th 2001

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallPublic Hearing: To consider opportunities to improved New York State’s Homeland Security Operations and how far we have come since September 11th 2001Place: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796Media Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 8, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Public Hearing: 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

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallPublic Hearing: 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 themPlace: State Capitol Building, Room 124, Albany, New YorkTime: 11:00 A.M.Contact: Krista Gobins (845-531-9796Media Contact: Krista Gobins (845) 531-9796ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

March 14, 11:00 AM - 12:33 PM
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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, March 1, 2011 Room 816 LOB

March 1, 1:30 PM - 1:40 PM
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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Joins Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Jobs For Veterans Roundtable

(Dobbs Ferry)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins took part in Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Jobs for Veterans Roundtable Discussion at Mercy College on February 22nd. With the unemployment rate among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan reaching close to 20% nationwide, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand invited Senator Stewart-Cousins, other government leaders, veteran’s advocates, education officials and members of the business community to listen to veterans about the problems they face in the job market, and discuss ways to overcome those barriers.

February 22, 2011
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Ball Decries Assault on Veterans’ Homes

Ball pledges to work to restore funding

February 18, 2011
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Senator Ball Passes Three Bills Through Veterans' Committee

New York Veterans Urge Assembly to Also Pass Major Legislation that Guarantees Veterans Property Tax for Surviving Spouses, and Establishes Atomic War Veterans and War on Terror Expeditionary Medals

February 16, 2011
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NYS Senator Greg Ball Legislative Report - February 15, 2011

State Senator Greg Ball hosts his February 15 legislative report with 12-year-old Tea Party Activist Michael Buffone and Peter Gadiel, President of 9/11 Families for a Secure America.

February 15, 2011
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Valentine's for Vets

Honoring Our Troops This Valentine’s Day

 

(Pearl River, NY) Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland) joined students from the Lincoln Avenue Elementary School in Pearl River to box up hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards to be sent to our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The cards were made by elementary school children from 22 schools in Rockland county.  After being boxed up, the cards will be sent overseas and distributed by Commanding Officers and Chaplains to the men and women who are serving our country this Valentine’s Day.

February 15, 2011
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MORE THAN 1,000 VETS FROM IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN OUT OF WORK IN WESTERN NEW YORK – KENNEDY JOINS GILLIBRAND FOR AN IMPORTANT ROUNDTABLE WITH LOCAL VETERANS AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Gillibrand Urges New Tax Credits For Businesses Who Hire Vets Returning from Iraq & Afghanistan, More Job Training, And Better Efforts to Prepare Servicemembers for the Difficult Job Market

 

February 14, 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 Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Off The Floor - Room 124 Capitol

February 15, 2:00 PM - 2:12 PM
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Senator Ball Meets with Mayor Bloomberg on Homeland Security

NEW YORK, NY (02/03/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) met with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday to discuss the city and the state’s security. Senator Ball is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs.

“Now, a decade after 9/11, in my opinion we’re still not where we need to be to secure New York. We simply cannot allow the passage of time since 9/11 to lull us into complacency.”

February 4, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsGreg R. Ball1:30pm, Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 Room 123 CAP

January 25, 1:30 PM - 1:48 PM
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Sen. Espaillat Selected for Key Leadership & Committee Assignments

Espaillat will serve as top Democrat on Housing Committee and serve as chair of Minority Program Development, a Senate leadership post

January 12, 2011
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