Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) was joined by Senator Carl Marcellino (5th Assembly District) as he welcomed Second Lieutenant Phillip Cuiffo of Northport to the New York Senate Chamber. Second Lieutenant Cuiffo was in Albany as the Senate honored Fort Drum and the United States Army 10th Mountain Division, which is the most deployed combat brigade in the United States Army.
Fort Drum is the largest United States Army post in the Northeastern United States, with 19,987 soldiers and 4,614 civilian workers. The post is commanded by Major General Mark A. Millay and a dedicated group of officers.
During the visit, the Senate voted to proclaim May 23, 2012 as 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York.
“Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division play a vital role in protecting our nation and it was truly an honor to welcome them to the New York Senate. It was a pleasure to meet Second Lieutenant Cuiffo and to thank him for his service. I wish him and all those who serve on behalf of this great nation all the best in the future,” stated Senator Flanagan.