Issues: Military Affairs

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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Governor Signs Tkaczyk bill to Honor Fallen Military Members

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk announced that Governor Cuomo has signed a measure she co-sponsored (S.5805/A.8039) to provide that flags lowered to half-staff at the State Capitol in honor of a fallen soldier be given at no cost to the loved ones of the deceased.

 The program is named after Lt. Colonel Todd Clark, a native of Guilderland in Tkaczyk’s Senate District.  As a 17-year US Army Veteran, Lt. Colonel Clark served with great distinction and bravery. While recuperating from serious wounds he received on a previous tour of duty, Lt. Colonel Clark traveled to the State Capitol to talk to legislators about Veterans’ issues.

November 11, 2013
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Seely Place Elementary School "Take A Vet To School Day"

On Wednesday, November 6th, Seely Place Elementary School in Edgemont participated in The History Channel's "Take A Vet To School Day", a national program that encourages communities and schools to invite veterans of all backgrounds to share their stories and receive thanks for their service on or around Veterans Day. At this event, Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke to a group of over 400 elementary school children about her father and brother's WWII and Vietnam War experiences and the importance of honoring veterans because of the vital roles they play in defending our nation.

November 10, 2013
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Honoring Our Veterans

Fellow New Yorkers:

On Veterans Day, Americans should pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans.  Whether combat veterans or Cold War veterans, all who served need to be given proper praise for a job well done.  Our veterans have faced hardships that a non-veteran could never fully understand.  Some have faced death in defending our nation’s freedom.  Veterans possess the core American values of loyalty, duty, respect, honor, selfless service, personal courage, and integrity.

November 8, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Recognizes Service of Men and Women in Armed Forces on Veterans Day

Flushing, NY—In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) recognized the dedication and sacrifice of past and present members of the United States’ Armed Forces and urged New Yorkers to also take time to recognize our brave men and women in uniform.

November 8, 2013
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A “TOUCH OF HOME” FOR OUR TROOPS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

From friends and family to good food and gifts, for many people, the holidays are the happiest time of the year.  However, for our brave troops serving overseas, they can be the loneliest. 

In an effort to send a “touch of home” to our troops, I’m one again calling on Central and Northern New Yorkers to participate in my “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.  The program—which is sponsored by the American Red Cross—aims to collect donated Christmas cards to be sent to US soldiers serving overseas.  

This year, for the second year in a row, I’m partnering up with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to collect holiday greetings.  Last year—thanks to many of you—we were able to collect 2,200 cards to distribute to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations. 

November 4, 2013
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RUPP JOINS RITCHIE TO COLLECT “HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES”

Deadline to Send a “Touch of Home” to Troops is November 15th

With Veterans Day just around the corner, St. Lawrence County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp is joining State Senator Patty Ritchie in her campaign to collect holiday cards for the military as part of the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.

“The holidays can be a lonely time for our men and women in the military,” said St. Lawrence County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp. “That’s why I am collecting cards at my DMV offices in Canton, Ogdensburg, Massena, Gouverneur and the St. Lawrence County Clerk’s office in the county courthouse .”

The program—which is sponsored by the American Red Cross—aims to collect donated Christmas cards to be sent to US soldiers serving overseas. This year, Senator Ritchie is also once again joining with Ogdensburg native and radio host Melody Burns to collect holiday greetings.  Last year, Senator Ritchie was able to collect 2,200 holiday cards from Central and Northern New Yorkers to distribute to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations.  

October 29, 2013
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Brian K. Schramm Post Office Dedication

I was honored to join Assemblyman Bill Reilich and members of our community this afternoon at the dedication of the Brian K. Schramm Post Office Building in the Town of Greece. Brian was a lifelong Greece resident and graduate of Greece Olympia High School. Upon high school graduation, Brian enlisted in the United State Marine Corps to serve our great nation. Brian was tragically taken from us on October 15, 2004 while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.

This post office building will remind us of the sacrifice Brian made for our country, and we are forever grateful for his dedication and service to our nation.

October 24, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON THE FEDERAL SHUTDOWN AND ITS IMPACT ON VETERANS

Today, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) called on the president and Congress to put the needs of veterans and their families first and set aside their partisan differences to ensure veterans are not harmed any further during the federal government’s shutdown.  

October 10, 2013
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SENATOR RITCHIE SEEKS ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’

Invites Public to “Send a Touch of Home” to Overseas Troops

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she is once again joining with local radio personality Melody Burns to collect donated Christmas cards to be sent to US soldiers serving overseas through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross.

“Last year, Northern and Central New Yorkers donated 2,200 holiday cards to distribute to our service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations,” Senator Ritchie said. “These cards let them know that we truly appreciate their service and their sacrifice.”

“During the holidays, it’s very important that we remember our nation’s heroes who sacrifice so much to protect our nation and our liberties,” said Burns, who hosts a daily radio show on Talk 1300 AM WGDJ in Albany. “I have been promoting this Holiday Mail for Heroes program on my radio show in Albany. Two years ago I collected 1,000 cards. Last year, we collected 6,000. I am very pleased to again partner with Senator Ritchie to reach families across Northern and Central New York.”

October 10, 2013
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FORT DRUM MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT ADDED TO TRAVELING “HOMETOWN HEROES” EXHIBIT

Capt. Swenson to Receive Medal of Honor at White House Ceremony on Oct. 15

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing that William Swenson, a former Army captain and Fort Drum soldier slated to receive the Medal of Honor next week, is now featured in her “Hometown Heroes” exhibit; a traveling tribute to recipients of the nation’s highest military honor now on display at museums, libraries and other locations throughout Central and Northern New York. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CAPT. SWENSON'S EXHIBIT PLAQUE

CLICK HERE FOR REST OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR HOMETOWN HEROES EXHIBIT

Capt. Swenson will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during combat in Afghanistan in 2009 on October 15th at a special ceremony being held at the White House.

“Representing our nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor is awarded to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their country, and next week, we will pause to thank Capt. Swenson for his courageous actions,” said Senator Ritchie. 

October 8, 2013
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Veteran Distinction on NYS Drivers Licenses Now Available

Residents who are military veterans can now apply for a special designation on their New York State driver’s license when they apply for a license renewal.

If you are a qualified U.S. military veteran, who was honorably discharged, and you have a NYS driver’s license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card, you can have the word "Veteran" printed on the upper left hand of your photo document.

This measure, which I proudly supported in the New York State Senate, eliminates the need to carry separate documentation to prove that you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. 

October 7, 2013
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RITCHIE WANTS TO HEAR WWII 'VETERANS VOICES'

Stories of Local Veterans Can Become Part of State Archive

October 2, 2013
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Public Hearing: Cybersecurity: Defending New York from cyber attacks

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on BanksChair: Senator Joseph GriffoSenate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallSenate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James SewardSenate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small BusinessChair: Senator David ValeskySenate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin GoldenSenate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and CorrectionChair: Senator Patrick M. GallivanPublic Hearing: Cybersecurity: Defending New York from cyber attacksPlace: The Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Dwight Evans (518) 455-3334Media Contact: Rayan Aguam (315) 793-9072ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

November 18, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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RITCHIE VISITS FORT DRUM CENTRAL ISSUE FACILITY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fort Drum’s Central Issue Facility (CIF) Tuesday, to see firsthand the role the facility plays in providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.   

September 24, 2013
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