Issues: Military Affairs

RITCHIE HONORS 29 CNY, NNY VETERANS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

Col. (Ret.) Terrence Roche Selected as

2013 NY State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” Inductee

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 29 veterans from across Central and Northern New York at a special ceremony held Friday at Fort Drum’s USO.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO OF THE HALL OF FAME EVENT

The veterans were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our local communities.

May 9, 2013
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES COL. (RET.) TERRENCE ROCHE AS 2013 NY STATE SENATE VETERAN HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Roche and 28 Other CNY, NNY Vets to be

Honored at Fort Drum Ceremony Friday

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing Col. (Ret.) Terrence Roche as her 2013 inductee to the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame.”

Roche is a 26 year military veteran who commanded at every level from platoon to Garrison at posts from Buffalo to Paris and Korea with wartime service in Vietnam. 

May 9, 2013
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Senator Bonacic Pays Respect to Fallen United States Marine, Staff Sergeant Eric D. Christian

Senator Bonacic pays respect to fallen U.S Marine, Staff Sergeant Eric D. Christian of Warwick, New York.  Sergeant Christian died in combat operations on May 4th in Afghanistan.

May 8, 2013
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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 7, 2013 Room 816 LOB

May 7, 1:30 PM - 1:37 PM
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Senator John Bonacic selects Richard R. Keiser to the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame

Attached is the press release for the selection of Richard R. Keiser to the New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame. 

May 2, 2013
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Senators Carlucci, Zeldin and Ball and Westchester County Executive Astorino and Putnam County Executive Odell Announce the Expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program To Westchester, Rockland and Putman Counties

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today joined Senators David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Chairman of the Senate Mental Health Committee and Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee as well as Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Putman County Executive Mary Odell to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Westchester, Rockland and Putman Counties. The continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program was approved as part of the 2013-14 state budget.

May 2, 2013
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YELLOW RIBBONS: DOWNLOAD AND SHARE TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FORT DRUM

Here in Central and Northern New York, we see yellow ribbons everywhere we go—on trees, bumper stickers, in businesses and prominently displayed outside homes. For a very long time, yellow ribbons have stood as a symbol of support and remembrance of the brave men and women who serve.

To help show support for Fort Drum, it’s soldiers and their families, I am making special Fort Drum yellow ribbons available for download here as well as in my offices. You can also call my office at (315) 782-3418 to request copies.

April 30, 2013
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Senator O'Brien to honor veterans in Albany

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien nominated two Rochester-area veterans, Lyle Dupra and W. Robert Nolan, to the State Senate's "Veterans Hall of Fame," honoring their distinguished service to their country.

"It is my distinct pleasure to honor these two men for their service to this country," Senator O'Brien said.  "I hope that this Hall of Fame and the stories of its honorees serve to remind us all of the sacrifices those in uniform have made and continue to make to keep this country strong."

April 29, 2013
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Senator Bonacic Speaks with West Point Cadets on West Point Day

Senator Bonacic speaks with West Point Cadets from the United States Military Academy in the Senate Chamber on West Point Day in the Capitol. 

April 29, 2013
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RITCHIE DELIVERS NEARLY 120 FORT DRUM STORIES TO ARMY

Comments Collected Online to Show Support for Soldiers and Jobs

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A "SUPPORT FORT DRUM" WINDOW POSTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie appeared at a listening session on Fort Drum’s future and delivered nearly 120 statements of support for Fort Drum to Major General Stephen Townsend Thursday at a “Community Listening Session” held at Case Middle School in Watertown.

The listening session is one of 29 being held across the country, organized to capture community input for the Army’s top leaders to consider as part of the reduction and reorganization of its force structure.  Officials say Fort Drum could lose as many as 8,000 soldiers, or gain as many as 3,000.

CLICK HERE TO READ COMMUNITY COMMENTS ON FORT DRUM'S FUTURE

April 25, 2013
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Senator Republican Leader Skelos, and Senators Zeldin, Fuschillo, Martins, Marcellino, and Hannon, and Nassau County Executive Mangano Announce the Nassau County PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program

Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today joined Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, and Senators Chuck Fuschillo, Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino, and Kemp Hannon, as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Nassau County. The continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program was approved as part of the 2013-14 state budget.

April 25, 2013
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Sen. Jeff Klein Announces Inclusion of Hire-a-Vet Tax Credit in NYS Budget to Combat High Unemployment Rate Among Young Returning Veterans

BRONX, N.Y. – Today, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that his Hire-a-Vet Tax Credit, a program that will provide every business that hires a post-9/11 veteran with a tax credit of up to $15,000, is now officially a part of state budget. Senator Klein fought for the tax credit during this year’s budget negotiations after learning about the sky-high unemployment rate among New York’s returning veterans.

April 25, 2013
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Celebrating West Point Day

Here is a photo from earlier today inside the Senate Chamber as the New York State Senate celebrated West Point Day. Best wishes to all of those who serve our Country!

April 24, 2013
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West Point Day at New York State Senate

On Wednesday, April 24th, the New York State Senate held its annual West Point Day to celebrate the Class of 2013 at West Point Academy. Senator Robach joined Senator Bill Larkin Jr. to discuss the importance of this annual celebration.

April 24, 2013
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April 24, 2013
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Lawmakers Tout Plan to End Duplicative Vehicle Taxes for Returning Members of the Military

Assemblyman Colton (D-Brooklyn) was joined by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse), Assemblyman Will Barclay (R-Pulaski), and other lawmakers, to call attention to a pressing matter facing members of the military as they return home.

April 22, 2013
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Honor Flight Rochester Mission 27

On Sunday, April 21st, I had the privilege to welcome back veterans from our area who were a part of Honor Flight Rochester Mission 27. It is always an honor to personally thank all those who have served, and continue to serve, our Country. For more information on Honor Flight Rochester, visit their website at http://honorflightrochester.org/.

April 22, 2013
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RITCHIE: TELL ME YOUR FORT DRUM STORY

Comments Collected Online in Advance of MG Townsend’s

“Community Listening Session”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the public to share what Fort Drum means to the North Country via a special online form, available here

The comments are being collected in advance of a  “Community Listening Session” hosted by Major General Stephen Townsend on April 25th at 5:00 p.m. at Case Middle School in Watertown.

April 22, 2013
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RITCHIE JOINS 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION COMMANDER TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

Volunteers Recognized for Nearly 185,000 Hours of Service

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined MG Stephen Townsend Thursday for Fort Drum’s annual Volunteer of the Year ceremony, where volunteers were honored for their 184,770 hours of service on the post last year. 

As the featured guest speaker, Senator Ritchie thanked the more than 50 volunteers being honored for their time and their service.

April 19, 2013
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