Issues: Military Affairs

SENATOR RITCHIE HONORS CENTRAL NEW YORK ‘HOMETOWN HEROES’

Medal of Honor Display Now Featured at Half-Shire Historical Society

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Central New York veterans at a special reception for  her Hometown Heroes Medal of Honor display, which is now being featured at the Half-Shire Historical Society in Richland.

The traveling display—which was created as part of the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln establishing the award—features the more than 45 local individuals who have received our nation’s highest military honor for their service in America’s armed forces. 

October 12, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS MILITARY VETERANS FOR PHEASANT HUNT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently joined military veterans for a pheasant hunt at the Basswoods Lodge and Hunting Preserve in Rensselaer Falls.  The 3rd annual free event was sponsored by several area businesses.   

October 12, 2012
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Veterans ID Bill Signed Into Law

ONEONTA, 10/03/12 – Veterans throughout the state will be able to display their veteran status proudly on their drivers’ licenses under legislation (S.6799) signed into law today.  The new legislation was co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and inspired in part by a request from a proud serviceman from the 51st district.

“This legislation is a straightforward method that will identify veterans, who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, and help them receive special discounts at businesses statewide, ” said Senator Seward.  “Easing the ID process for veterans and businesses who want to provide our brave servicemen and women with a thank you shouldn’t be that difficult.”

October 3, 2012
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PTSD PROGRAM FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY VETS TO LAUNCH IN NOVEMBER

Senator Ritchie Secures Funds for Program Named to Honor “9-11 Vet” 

September 11, 2012
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SERVES AS EMCEE AT WYOMING COUNTY VETS HIGHWAY RIBBON-CUTTING

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined local leaders and hundreds of veterans from across Wyoming County as a portion of NYS Rt. 20A was officially designated The Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway. Gallivan introduced the necessary legislation earlier this year along with state assemblyman, Daniel Burling, a Vietnam veteran himself.

“There is no more important constituency of mine than Western New York’s Veterans and their families,” Senator Gallivan said. “It’s important we always keep them in our thoughts, and I hope a new Memorial Highway will be both a reminder of their service and a tribute to their sacrifice.”

August 29, 2012
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RITCHIE TEAMS WITH HISTORIANS TO HONOR ‘HOMETOWN HEROES’

Exhibits in Jefferson, Oswego, St. Lawrence Counties Highlights Region’s Rich History of Soldiers Who Gained USA’s Top Military Honor

August 24, 2012
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HEROES OF OUR HOMETOWNS

Channel 7's Katie Alexander reports on my new Hometown Heroes exhibit featuring 15 of the 45 area residents who have received the USA's top military decoration for valor--the Medal of Honor.

The exhibit is taking place at the Jefferson County Historical Society, the St. Lawrence County Historical Society, Madrid's Heritage Days, and coming soon to Oswego County.

See the full display now by clicking here.

August 23, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPONSORS VETERANS APPRECIATION BREAKFAST TO THANK VETERANS FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY

     Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo says “thank you” to some of the many local veterans who took part in his veterans appreciation breakfast.

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently held a veterans appreciation breakfast as a way to say “thank you” for their service to our country. Over 200 veterans from across Senator Fuschillo’s Senate District came to the Seaford Knights of Columbus to participate in the event.

August 16, 2012
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Joining Forces to Remember, Honor Hispanic-American Veterans

Efforts ongoing to construct Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at Buffalo Naval Park.

Senator Kennedy pushing for Hispanic-American Veterans commemorative postage stamp.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – With Independence Day coming up tomorrow, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, and several prominent community leaders are joining forces to spread awareness of the many contributions of Hispanic-American Veterans. Efforts are underway to construct a Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, but more work remains before the monument can be completed.

July 3, 2012
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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS 'CERJAN HIGHWAY' BILL

New Connector Road to be Named in Honor of Fort Drum Soldier

July 3, 2012
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RITCHIE’S ‘VOICES OF AMERICA’ PROJECT IS MAKING HISTORY

Local Veterans Memories to be Made Part of State Archives

July 3, 2012
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June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO LET ‘GOLD STAR’ MOMS KEEP PLATES

Measure Sparked by Case of CNY Woman Forced to Surrender Commemorative License that Honored Fallen Son

June 21, 2012
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LARKIN AND STATE SENATE HONOR THE BORINQUENEERS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and the New York State Senate today passed a Legislative Resolution honoring the Borinqueneers, the only all Puerto Rican unit in United States Military history.

The 65th Infantry Regiment, more commonly known as the “Borinqueneers,” was an all Puerto Rican unit that served in the United States Armed Forces during WWI, WWII and the Korean War.  The Borinqueneers served with distinction and earned numerous awards and decorations including: two Presidential Unit Citations, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, and two Republic of Korea Unit Citations. 

June 19, 2012
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HONORING THE NORTH COUNTRY'S PARTNERSHIP WITH FORT DRUM

Senator Ritchie Joins Local Leaders to Sign the “Army Community Covenant”State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Army, national, state and local leaders for the signing of the “Army Community Covenant,” at a ceremony held at Watertown’s Salmon Run Mall.Created in 2008 by the Secretary of the Army, the Army Community Covenant program was designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families. Today’s Community Covenant renewal signing ceremony symbolized our community’s commitment to our local military here at Ft. Drum

June 16, 2012
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LIVINGSTON COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE UNANIMOUSLY

Gallivan Seeks To Designate Part Of Route 20A In Honor Of Area Vets

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4752 - Gallivan) to designate a portion of State Route 20A in Livingston County as the “Livingston County Veterans Memorial Highway.” The portion to be designated begins at State Route 20A’s intersection with Route I-390 and continues west to Livingston County’s border with Wyoming County.

June 13, 2012
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SENATOR LARKIN HONORS LOCAL VETERAN

Joseph R. Farina Nominated to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

 Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has nominated Joseph R. Farina to the Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame at a ceremony today held at the National Purple Heart Hall ofHonor in New Windsor.  Mr. Farina served in the United States Army and attained the rank of Sergeant serving with distinction in the Southwest Pacific and the Philippine Islands. 

June 8, 2012
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