Issues: Military Affairs

Senator Parker Passes A Bill to Honor Our Fallen Veterans

(Brooklyn, NY) - Earlier today, State Senator Kevin Parker’s bill (S1615B) passed the Senate’s Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee. The bill, which will take effect November 11, 2015, ensures the remains of a cremated American veterans’ body are properly and respectfully disposed of if not claimed, thereby allowing for proper acknowledgment of those who have served to protect the life and liberty of our nation. 

February 26, 2014
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Marine Corps Veteran Russell H. Mayes Posthumously Honored for World War II Service

For Release: Immediate, February 20, 2014

Livingston County Veteran Honored with Awards Ten Years After His Passing

MOUNT MORRIS - In recognition of his outstanding record of military service, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Russell H. Mayes has finally received the military decorations he deserves.

During a ceremony on Tuesday, February 18, at the Mount Morris VFW Post No. 547, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) joined in presenting Marguerite Mayes with the military medals her late husband earned while serving overseas during World War II. With numerous family and friends present, as well as Livingston County Veterans Service Agency Director Frank Hollister, Senator Young was on hand to recognize Corporal Mayes’ honorable service and present the long overdue awards his service merits.

February 20, 2014
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Senator Klein and Miss USA Erin Brady Host 19th Annual "Valentines for Veterans" Event

BRONX, NY - Senator Klein and Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady, joined by student choirs from P.S. 14 and P.S. 83 hosted “Valentines for Veterans” at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. The event marked Senator Klein’s 19th year hosting the event for local veterans. After the program, Senator Klein, Miss USA and children from P.S. 83 helped distribute valentines and gift bags prepared by children at 25 schools across the Bronx.

February 14, 2014
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Public Hearing: To discuss the New York Jobs for Heroes Program (S. 2803-B)

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
Chair: Senator Greg Ball
Public Hearing: To discuss the New York Jobs for Heroes Program (S. 2803-B)
Place: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, 7th Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Contact: Sara Ritz (518) 455-3111
Media Contact: Joe Bachmeier (845) 279-3773
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 10, 1:00 PM - 1:35 PM
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Senator Tkaczyk Skis with Wounded Warriors

I recently took part in the Wounded Warrior Project’s “Learn to Ski and Ride” program at Windham Mountain. The Adaptive Sports Center, Windham Mountain and the Wounded Warrior Project have been partnering on this event for 10 years as a way to help wounded veterans heal physically and mentally. The Wounded Warrior Project helps wounded Vets become successful and well-adjusted in their return to civilian life, and also helps to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by these heroes who so valiantly served and sacrificed for our country. I was very proud to participate and inspired by these brave men and women.

February 3, 2014
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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, February 4, 2014 Room 816 LOB

February 4, 1:30 PM - 1:42 PM
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November 2013 Newsletter – New York State Veteran’s Recognition

Please click the file below to view the New York State Veteran’s Recognition newsletter.

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New York State Veteran’s Recognition

January 29, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco's 2013-2014 Cell Phones for Soldiers Collection Drive Breaks Record Amount

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pleased to announce that his 2013/2014 Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive has resulted in nearly 1,600 mobile phones - a record amount!

Senator DeFrancisco would like to thank the Central New York community for once again answering the call to help support this worthy cause and break a record for two consecutive years!  Due to the community’s generosity, Cell Phones for Soldiers, a national nonprofit organization, will be able to recycle these gently-used donated phones to provide soldiers serving overseas with approximately 3,000 pre-paid calling cards.  That’s about 3,000 hours, 180,000 minutes, of FREE phone time for deployed troops to call home.

January 24, 2014
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Senator LaValle Requests Your Assistance to Help Disabled Veterans Obtain State Contracts

NY Jobs For Heroes Program would create a state contract category for service-connected disabled Veterans

(Click here to go directly to the petitionhttp://www.nysenate.gov/webform/ny-jobs-heroes-petition)

January 17, 2014
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SENATOR KATHY MARCHIONE JOINS CHAIRMAN GREG BALL IN URGING PASSAGE OF “JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM

SENATOR KATHY MARCHIONE JOINS CHAIRMAN GREG BALL IN URGING PASSAGE OF “JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM
Bi-partisan legislation will create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled
veteran-owned small businesses in New York State

January 16, 2014
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New York Soldiers Serving in Kuwait

Three hundred soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, which includes soldiers from the armories in Dunkirk and Olean, were deployed to Kuwait in December.

The New York National Guard recently posted photos of our honorable service men and women during a helicopter refueling operation. Among those pictured doing us proud is Sgt. Nicolaw Smith of Olean.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyng/sets/72157639764040335

January 16, 2014
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LEGISLATION AIMS TO HELP VETS FIND JOBS

Senator Patty Ritchie spoke at a press conference on the need for incentives to encouarge businesses to hire disabled veterans. Senator Ritchie's district includes Fort Drum, the largest Army installation north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi River--home of the most deployed units in the US Army, with thousands of veterans returning to the states this year.

The district also includes more than 20,000 veterans from conflicts as far back as WWII.

January 15, 2014
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Senator Young Joins Senate Colleagues in Urging Passage of "Jobs for Heroes" Program

For Release: Immediate, January 14, 2014

Senate Bill 2803-B Would Provide Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veterans

ALBANY - Businesses owned by disabled veterans would achieve preference for procuring state contracts in a bill cosponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I-Olean).

The NY Jobs for Heroes program mirrors a successful federal initiative and would establish in New York State a three percent contract set-aside for service-disabled veteran businesses in obtaining state contracting and subcontracting opportunities.

“We owe it to our veterans to increase the job opportunities available to them. Too many come home after serving our country only to be unable to find gainful employment. For those who have sustained service-connected disabilities, the debt we owe is even greater. This important bill is one way we can ensure they can come home to New York and have opportunities to thrive as they return to civilian life,” said Senator Young.

January 14, 2014
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RITCHIE COSPONSORS “NY JOBS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM

Measure to Expand Business Opportunities for Veterans 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she is cosponsoring a measure that supports the brave men and women of our armed forces by giving preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE SPEAKING ABOUT THE BILL

The measure, (S.2803-B) also known as the “NY Jobs for Heroes” program, is an initiative that would amend the executive law to require state agencies to set a goal of awarding 3 percent of contracts to businesses that are owned by service-disabled veterans. 

“After traveling the world in support of our country, many of our veterans decide to settle in New York State—especially in the region that surrounds Fort Drum,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Service-disabled veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice in putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom.  The very least we can do to recognize them for their contributions is to stand with them and provide them with the support they need to succeed in their post-military life.”

January 14, 2014
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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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