ALBANY—On March 20, 2014, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) inducted a local hero into the NYS Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame: VFW State Commander Michael Pascal.
A resident of Suffolk County for the past 41 years, Commander Pascal served the U.S. Army from 1966 thru 1969. He honorably served in the Vietnam War and his passion for serving his fellow veterans has stayed with him far beyond his years of service in uniform.
“Please take a minute to join me in thanking those, like Commander Pascal, who have sacrificed their lives-on and off the battlefield-in defense of our nation, our Constitution, and our freedoms,” said Senator Zeldin. “Thank you to all of our servicemen and women for your selfless commitment.”
Michael Pascal served in the United States Army from 1966 thru 1969. He served a tour in Germany with HHC, 1st Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, and also with Alfa Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment and 24th Infantry Division. It was from this Unit, at Fort Riley, Kansas, that Mr. Pascal was sent to Vietnam.
In Vietnam, Mr. Pascal served with the 588th Direct Support, an Ordinance Company, based in Chu Lai, I Corp., as part of the Da Nang support operation. The 588th supported the American Division, 108th Artillery Group, and elements of the 1st Cavalry, 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.
In 1973, Mr. Pascal and his family relocated from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn to Medford, Long Island, where they have resided for the past forty-one years.
ALBANY—At a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday, May 13, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) presented the Honorable A. Gail Prudenti with the NYS Senate’s annual Woman of Distinction Award.
In her role as the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State, Judge Prudenti manages the administration and operation of our state’s Unified Court System, making her responsible for a budget of over $2 billion, 3,600 state and local judges and 15,000 non-judicial employees in over 350 court locations around the state.
The Honorable A. Gail Prudenti is the Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State as well as a New York State Supreme Court Justice. As Chief Administrative Judge, she oversees the administration and operation of the New York State Unified Court System, with a budget of over $2 billion, 3,600 state and local judges and 15,000 non-judicial employees in over 350 court locations around the state.
Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 3rd Senate District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Arav M. PrabhuGrade 2Bretton Woods Elementary School
MEDFORD—Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) toured the DaVita Medford Kidney Center this past Wednesday, April 9 2014. DaVita is the leading provider of kidney care in the United States and has been recognized for its developmental initiatives by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and World Blu.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above (from left to right) with Noreen Gangwish RN (Clinical Coordinator), Sherry Russo RN (Assistant Facility Administrator), Darlene Rydberg RN (Facility Administrator), Dr. Carmichael Angeles (Medical Director), and Luann Regensburg (Regional Operations Director).
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.
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.