Ed Hotchkiss, Grand Marshall of the 2011 Babylon Village Veterans’ Day Parade, joined Senator Owen H. Johnson for a photo opportunity on Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2011. Mr. Hotchkiss is a Past Commander and Senator Johnson a Member of the Babylon American Legion Post 94 which sponsored the parade.
SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT GRAVES OF CIVIL WAR VETERANS The New York State Senate passed legislation that would prohibit the unauthorized sale of veteran cemetery markers that are over 75 years old, and would create the new crime of desecration of a veteran cemetery plot, grave or burial place. These bills continue the Senate’s commitment to maintain the dignity of veterans’ cemeteries and commemorative property.The Senate passed a bill (S.1504), sponsored by Senator William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), that would prohibit the unauthorized sale of veteran’s commemorative cemetery markers, flag holders, monuments, statues or other physical memorabilia that are over 75 years old.
SENATE CELEBRATES WEST POINT DAY AT THE CAPITOLLegislation Would Help Veterans Get JobsThe New York State Senate today welcomed cadets and staff from the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of an annual day of recognition. In honor of the celebration, the Senate passed several bills focusing on helping veterans obtain jobs and protect their rights.
SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP DISABLED VETERANSBill Would Provide a Preference in State Contracts for Disabled Veterans The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.2423), sponsored by Senator Gregory R. Ball (R-C, Pawling), that would give greater access to state contracts to veterans who were disabled during their service. This bill would codify for New York an identical and highly successful program adopted for federal contracting. Given the increase in the number of veterans and disabled veterans due to recent overseas conflicts, this bill would provide a small measure of recognition that this group of selfless men and women deserve.
Senator Owen H. Johnson recently honored a local distinguished service member from the 69th Infantry to represent the 4th Senate district in the New York Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Senator Johnson inducted Sergeant First Class John E. Walsh, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion of the 69th Infantry at a ceremony in Albany on May 22, 2012. The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was established by the Senate in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding service members, like Robert E. Walsh, whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed forces is complemented by their service to the community.
Senator Owen H. Johnson was a proud co-sponsor of the New York State Senate Resolution honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic-segregated unit in the United States Military history.The 65th Infantry Regiment was created in 1899 and became better known as the Borinqueneers from the word Borinquen, the name by which the native Taino Indians called Puerto Rico.“In co-sponsoring this Legislative Resolution, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation and eternal gratitude to the Borinqueneers. More than 20,000 Puerto Ricans have served courageously as Borinqueneers since World War I. Today we honor and thank them for their sacrifices, courageous acts and service to our country.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson and Assemblyman Phil Boyle joined with other elected officials and members of the community to cheer on the brave men and women who participated in the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride through Babylon on July 20th. The event raised money and awareness for members of our military who have been wounded in combat. The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride is a rehabilitative cycling program for injured servicemen and women, giving them the opportunity to reinvigorate their bodies and showing them how much life still has to offer.