Albany, NY- A bi-partisan group of lawmakers, including Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Senator Joseph Griffo (R, C, I- Rome), Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) announced today a agreement on legislation to limit protests at Military Funerals (The Dignity Act).
The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills, sponsored by Senators Lee Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) and Joseph Griffo (R-C, Rome), balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.
Patchogue, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) (Above, Center) held his first meeting of the Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel” today at St. Josephs College in Patchogue.
The panel included dozens of veterans, members of veterans’ organizations and experts in the field of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) inducted Suffolk VFW Jr. Vice Commander, George Egan, into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday June 14, 2011 during a ceremony at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I-Shirley) presented a poster commemorating the introduction of the Purple Heart stamp as a Forever stamp to Commander Tim Lenihan (above right) of the William F. Taylor VFW Post 9486 in Lake Ronkonkoma. Senator Zeldin (above left), a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also the Senior Vice-Commander of VFW Post 8651 of the Mastics and Shirley.
The United States Postal Service officially unveiled and issued the Purple Heart Forever stamp on May 5, 2011 in San Diego, California.
The new classification ensures the Purple Heart stamp will continue in circulation and supporters will no longer need to advocate for its reissuance each time the price of stamps increases.
Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) held the second meeting of the Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel” this past Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip.
The panel was named in honor of Infantryman John P. Jennings, a Suffolk County resident who passed away on January 10, 2011. John’s long struggle with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) followed a deployment to Iraq from September 2004 to October 2005. This past February, Zeldin presented Jennings’ family with the New York State Liberty Medal, the highest award given by the New York State Senate for citizenry.
Albany, N.Y – State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and State Senator Roy McDonald (R- Saratoga) hosted a public hearing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Combat Veterans in Albany this past Wednesday, February 29, 2012, to gain information to help improve early diagnoses, increase access to treatment, and provide crisis and support services.
Both McDonald (above left) and Zeldin (above right) have both served in the military. McDonald served in the U.S. Army’s First Cavalry Division as a Forward Observer in the Vietnam War. In the summer of 2006, while assigned to the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, Zeldin deployed to Iraq with an infantry battalion of fellow paratroopers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Medford, NY- Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C- East Patchogue) presented The New York State Senate Veteran Hall of Fame Memorial in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Michael Murphy to the Patchogue-Medford High School this past Thursday, March 8, 2012. Lt. Murphy, a Navy SEAL who gave his life while fighting in Afghanistan, was also a graduate of Patchogue-Medford High School.
Senator Zeldin (6th from right) and Assemblyman Murray (4th from right) are pictured here with Patchogue-Medford Superintendent of Schools Michael Locantore (5th from left), Patchogue-Medford High School Principal Randy Rusielewicz (2nd from right), and various members of local veterans organizations who came out to honor the memory of Lt. Murphy.
In 2010, the State Education Department secured Race to the Top Funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In exchange for $700 Million in funding, the state education department made various commitments related to educational standards, testing, a teacher evaluation system, and data collection.