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January 15th, 2014

Senator Gillibrand Announces 2014 Academy Nominations



Senator Gillibrand
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today her nominations of Upstate New Yorkers to the nation’s leading service institutions – the United States Air Force, Military, Naval and Merchant Marine Academies.

A selection committee formed by Senator Gillibrand chose the nominees from a large group of qualified applicants. Decisions were based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance is determined solely by the service academies.

 “Our Service Academies are distinguished by a devotion to honor, courage and commitment,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am honored to nominate these young, talented New Yorkers who exemplify these core values. It is my hope that the accomplished nominees have the chance to live their dreams and serve in our country’s armed forces with distinction.” 

 Senator Gillibrand’s nominees are listed by their hometown and Academies:

Western New York
Alexandra Cobb (Fredonia, Chautauqua County) United States Air Force Academy
Rochester-Finger Lakes Region
Alexander Cain (Pittsford, Monroe County) United States Air Force Academy
Timothy Eilinger (Mendon, Monroe County) United States Air Force Academy
Jillian Foley (Livonia, Livingston County) United States Naval Academy
Carlos Rodriguez (Webster, Monroe County) United States Naval Academy
Thomas Schmitt (Geneva, Ontario County) United States Naval Academy

Central New York
Daniel Barrett (Clinton, Oneida County) United States Air Force Academy

Capital Region
Blake Basmajian (Corinth, Saratoga County) United States Military Academy at West Point
Cara Lanci (Wynantskill, Rensselaer County) United States Naval Academy
Amanda Underhill (Rexford, Saratoga County) United States Air Force Academy
Mitchell Valenza (Queensbury, Warren County) United States Military Academy at West Point

Hudson Valley
Alexander Andalia (Carmel, Putnam County) United States Air Force Academy
Jordan Johnson (Waccabuc, Westchester County) United States Military Academy at West Point
William Marino (Mount Kisco, Westchester Country) United States Merchant Marine Academy
Connor Mullen (Bedford Hills, Westchester County) United States Military Academy at West Point
Michael Morales (Hopewell Junction, Dutchess County) United States Air Force Academy
Patrick Riley (Newburgh, Orange County) United States Military Academy at West Point


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