Frank J. DiNuzzo, Jr. was born on May 8th, 1924 in Watervliet, NY to Italian immigrants. He joined the Army in 1943 and upon completion of basic training joined the 204th Combat Engineers. The unit prepared and trained in England for the invasion of France. Through the early days after the Normandy Invasion, the unit cleared the beachhead for follow-on forces. The 204th then moved into Northern France along the Maginot Line to clear a path for General Patton’s armor force. For three days, his unit heroically dug out hundreds of personnel and tank mines. For his actions, Frank was awarded the Bronze Star.
The Senate's 'Women of Distinction" program provides a special opportunity to honor women throughout our State. The program was created as part of the Senate's celebration of Women's History Month. "There are remarkable women in out midst whose lives, work or special accomplishments contribute to making our communities better, making our families stronger and serve as special examples to others," stated Senator Breslin. "I am honored to name Rev. Debra Jameson as my 2012 'Women of Distrinction' recipient."
I enjoyed speaking at the Rural and Small City School Lobby Day on February 29th. While we are facing tough economic times it critical that we remember that a long term solution to our economic problems is an investment in quality education for all students. For too long we have let our rural and small city schools carry an unfair burden. If we truly want to ensure all students receive a proper education we must redirect the competitive grant funding to school aid. We must allow the principles of fairness and equality to guide us in our school funding formulas.