Issues: Military Affairs

Senator Bonacic with West Point Cadet, Christopher Whipple, on West Point Day

Senator Bonacic met with West Point Cadet, Christopher Whipple, a graduate from Neversink's Tri-Valley Central School during West Point Day at the State Capitol.  Cadet Whipple was with the West Point delegation visiting for the occasion.

May 8, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Award High School Diplomas to Veterans

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S6292) today, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (North Buffalo), that would make all veterans eligible for “Operation Recognition,” which allows veterans to be awarded a high school degree based on their knowledge and experience gained while in the military.

Operation Recognition, which is a nationwide effort, currently allows honorably discharged veterans of World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam wars, to receive their high school diploma. This legislation would expand eligibility for this program to all military service veterans who served in the United States military and did not complete their education after their term of service.

May 7, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Presents NYS Senate Proclamation to West Point Representatives: West Point Day, April 30

Senator Bonacic and Senator Larkin met with representatives from West Point to present a Senate Proclamation recognizing West Point Day on April 30, 2014.  Here is the Senator with (l to r) Senator William Larkin; Colonel Ed Naessens (West Point Representative); First Captain Lindsey Danilack; and Major Henry Soussan (Jewish Chaplain, West Point). 

May 7, 2014
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Resolution Honoring Sergeant Shawn Farrell II

Senate Resolution No. 4858

BY: Senator Seward 

Mourning the untimely  death  of  Sergeant Shawn Farrell II of Accord, New York, and  paying  tribute to  his courageous actions as a member of the United States Army.

May 6, 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, May 6, 2014 Room 816 LOB

May 6, 1:30 PM - 1:36 PM
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RITCHIE WELCOMES WEST POINT CADETS TO CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point to the Capitol Wednesday as part of the annual “West Point Day.”  Two cadets from Jefferson County were included in the group; Nicholas Tyler of Adams, and Brandon Lloyd of Watertown.

“I’m truly humbled not only to represent Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, but also, these two young cadets from Jefferson County who are proving their dedication to their country at West Point,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 1, 2014
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Senator Stavisky and Assemblyman Kim Honor Korean Veterans of the Vietnam War in Joint Resolution

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) sponsored a joint resolution to honor the service and sacrifice of Korean veterans who served alongside American troops in the Vietnam War.

April 30, 2014
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Senator Ritchie Welcomes West Point Cadets

Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point who were visiting the Capitol for the annual West Point Day. Two cadets from Jefferson County were included in the group: Nicholas Tyler from Adams, and Brandon Lloyd from Watertown.

April 30, 2014
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Senator Stavisky and Assemblyman Kim Honor Korean Veterans of the Vietnam War in Joint Resolution

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) sponsored a joint resolution to honor the service and sacrifice of Korean veterans who served alongside American troops in the Vietnam War.

April 30, 2014
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Senator Gianaris Seeks Nominees for Veteran’s Hall of Fame

(Queens, NY) Senator Michael Gianaris invited local residents to nominate veterans from the community whose service on behalf of our nation warrants induction into the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

This online Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by service to their communities.

“Each year one of the greatest privileges I have as a member of the New York State Senate is to honor a member of my community who has not only served our nation but returned home and worked to improve the lives of our neighbors,” said Senator Gianaris. “Though all of us are eternally grateful to our nation’s veterans, the Veteran’s Hall of Fame allows us to say a special thank you, and I urge anyone with a veteran in mind to come forward with a nomination.”

April 14, 2014
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Senator Farley Joins Yellow Ribbon Day Ceremony

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) attended the Yellow Ribbon Ceremony on April 9th in Saratoga County. He presented Carol Hotaling of Clifton Park with copies of the New York State Senate Resolution recognizing April 9th as Yellow Ribbon Day in New York State. Hotaling, known as the “Yellow Ribbon Lady”, created the day to remind people about the sacrifices made by America’s military personnel, and honor and remember U.S. prisoners of war and those missing in action around the world. Also at the ceremony were Southern Saratoga Chamber President Peter Bardunias and Past President of the Blue Star Mother’s Janet Moran.

April 10, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin Announces Budget Win for PFC Joseph Dwyer Program for Veterans

Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) was joined by local leaders and veterans on Thursday, April 3, 2014, to announce the continuation and expansion of one of his most significant legislative achievements to date: the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Support program.

The unique program, which provides our heroes with support and guidance to combat the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), has served 450 Suffolk County veterans since its inception. Given its success, the 2014-2015 state budget has expanded the program to include 12 counties across the state.

April 7, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin Announces Budget Win for PFC Joseph Dwyer Program

 

April 3, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570 

cumolett@nysenate.gov

Senator Lee Zeldin Announces Budget Win for PFC Joseph Dwyer Program

April 3, 2014
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April 3, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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85 STATE LAWMAKERS JOIN TO STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM

Ritchie, Blankenbush Lead Effort to Rally Support for NY’s Largest Military Post

A bipartisan group of 85 State Senators and Assembly Members—from Long Island to Buffalo, Brooklyn and Binghamton to the North Country—have joined together to back Fort Drum in the face of looming federal defense budget cuts.

The lawmakers signed a letter to Governor Cuomo asking him to rally state leaders in Albany, New York City and Washington, D.C., to fight for the post, which is crucial to the nation’s defense and, as the state’s largest single-site employer, adds almost $2 billion a year to New York’s economy.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER

The signers include 58 Republicans and 27 Democrats, and at least 13 veterans of the US Armed Forces. Copies of the letter were sent to members of the state’s Congressional delegation.

April 1, 2014
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Senator Ritchie Celebrates Fort Drum Day 2014

Video timeline/Directory

2:27 Entry of Fort Drum color guard to Senate Chamber

3:55 Invocation by Fort Drum Chaplain (Col.) Kelly J. Moore

6:16 Reading of teh Fort Drum Day resolution

10:50 Welcome by Senate Leader Dean Skelos

12:38 Remarks and Welcome by Senator Patty Ritchie

16:45 Remarks by Brigadier General Michael Howard

March 27, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Initiative to Assist Disabled Veterans On Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.  

March 26, 2014
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RITCHIE WELCOMES FORT DRUM CHILDREN TO THE CAPITOL

Group Celebrates ‘Purple Up Day’ and the Month of the Military Child

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed the children of Fort Drum soldiers to the State Capitol Tuesday to recognize them for their own service, as well as their strength and sacrifices.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SEN. RITCHIE'S WELCOME REMARKS IN THE SENATE CHAMBER

The visit takes place during the “Month of the Military Child,” an annual month-long celebration that pays tribute to roughly 1.8 million sons and daughters of those currently serving in our Armed Forces. That number includes the family members of 18,000 soldiers who are attached to Fort Drum and live in North Country communities Senator Ritchie represents.

“We sometimes forget that behind every brave soldier are family members who love, support and courageously stand by them—and it’s so important that we recognize them for their bravery too,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 26, 2014
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