(Albany, NY) Senator Pete Harckham today honored Senate District 40 Veteran Arthur L. Hanley by having him inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, where Hanley was inducted along with more than 60 other honorees representing senatorial districts throughout the state. Hanley, a lifelong resident of New York, currently residing in Brewster, served in the United States Army June 1969 to February 1972 in the Americal Division in Vietnam May 1970 to April 1971 as a Ground Sensor Operator with G2-Target Mission Force based in Chu Lai, RVN. For his service to our nation, he received the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, New York State Conspicuous Service Cross and National Defense Medal.
Hanley, who owned and operated three successful small businesses, is currently employed by Putnam County as the Deputy Director of the Veterans Service Agency. An Accredited Veteran Service Officer, Arthur assists his fellow Veterans and their dependents in filing claims with the Veterans Administration.
Hanley has always been very involved in the communities where he lives and works. He is a 47-year member of the Katonah Fire Department in which he is a Past Captain and Past member of the Board of Directors, a Past President of the Katonah-Bedford Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and a former member of Brewster Little League's Board of Directors, where he served as Treasurer. He’s also served as Past President of Lifeline, the parent support group for the Brewster High School NJROTC; been a member of the Brewster-Southeast Honor Roll Committee; and been a member of the committees which brought the Traveling Vietnam Wall to Putnam County in 2011, 2015 and 2018.
Hanley is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a Life member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a Life Member of the Americal Division Veterans Association, a member of the American Legion, a member of the Military Order of the Cootie and the Treasurer of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council.
He is the outgoing Commander of Brewster VFW Post 672 having served in this position for the last four years. He previously held the position of Post Commander for three years, a decade earlier. He also has served as VFW County Commander and VFW District Commander. Hanley was named an All State Post Commander three times, an All American Post Commander and an All State County Commander. His work as Editor for the District Newsletter, “The Sentinel,” earned him first place in the VFW National Publication Awards category for District Publications.
Hanley and his wife of 42 years, Pam, reside in Brewster. They have two sons, Brian (Melissa) and Michael, and three grandchildren, Brendan, Sara and Avery.
New York State Senate District 40 includes parts of Northern Westchester (Briarcliff, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Sleepy Hollow, Somers, Yorktown) Putnam (Brewster, Carmel, Patterson, Southeast) and Dutchess (Beekman, Pawling).