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.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that legislation (S6799) was signed into law that allows the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to place a distinguishing mark on a driver’s license, or non-driver ID, to indicate its holder is a veteran.
This law, which goes into effect next October, will make it easier for veterans to receive discounts and other special benefits where proof of military service is required.
“Currently, many veterans carry around their DD-214 forms in order to prove that they are, in fact, veterans,” said Senator Larkin. “Thanks to this new law, veterans can simply get this designation put on their license, and their military paperwork can stay at home where it belongs.”
Memorial Day is a holiday that focuses on remembering and honoring those Service Members who have sacrificed in the service of their country. The holiday was originally intended as a day of remembrance to honor those killed in the Civil War, a conflict that left as many military deaths as all other conflicts in American history combined. Since its inception, this holiday has evolved to encompass remembrance for all those killed in every conflict fought by the United States. It is important to honor this service and sacrifice on Memorial Day more now than ever, especially in an era of ongoing combat operations that has left 6,808 Americans killed, and tens of thousands wounded. Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I-Cornwall-on-Hudson) said, “These men and women sacrif
Residents who are military veterans can now apply for a special designation on their New York State driver’s license when they apply for a license renewal.
If you are a qualified U.S. military veteran, who was honorably discharged, and you have a NYS driver’s license, learner permit or non-driver photo ID card, you can have the word "Veteran" printed on the upper left hand of your photo document.
This measure, which I proudly supported in the New York State Senate, eliminates the need to carry separate documentation to prove that you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
Today, Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) called on the president and Congress to put the needs of veterans and their families first and set aside their partisan differences to ensure veterans are not harmed any further during the federal government’s shutdown.
The 65th Infantry Honor Task Force today dedicated the opening of its “65th Infantry Regiment/American Latinos in the United States Military” exhibit to Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) for his unwavering support of the 65th Infantry Regiment. The exhibit will be displayed in the Taino Stickball Community Gallery in New York City.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that Senate bill S.7839 has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his review and action. This legislation, an extension of the Veterans Service Credit Law of 2000, would allow all honorably discharged veterans who are members of the New York State Public Retirement System to purchase up to three years of service credit for military service. Currently, only public employees who served in the armed forces during certain military conflicts are permitted to receive this pension benefit.
Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said today: “I am extremely disappointed with Governor Cuomo’s veto of the veterans’ buyback legislation (S.7839/A.6974-B) and I am especially disheartened that he chose to do so the eve of Veterans Day. I am currently in the process of meeting with my legislative staff in order to determine the best course of action to move this issue forward in spite of the Governor’s veto. I will continue to do all I can to ensure that New York’s veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve.”