Senator Patty Ritchie's EEE Update Updates

RITCHIE: OSWEGO RESIDENTS FIGHT THE BITE, DISPOSE OF NEARLY 4,000 WASTE TIRES

Brings Two Event Total to Nearly 10,000

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced Central New Yorkers helped to “fight the bite,” disposing of nearly 4,000 waste tires at free events that took place at several locations throughout Oswego County this past weekend. 

The recent event was the second of two made possible through $275,000 in the new State Budget that Senator Ritchie helped secure.  As a result of the two events—which were hosted in conjunction with Oswego County—nearly 10,000 waste tires were disposed of, with the $5 fee for each tire being waived. 

June 17, 2014
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RITCHIE, OSWEGO COUNTY UNVEIL “FIGHT THE BITE” VIDEO

Video Now in Schools, Available on Senator Ritchie’s Website

In an effort to help protect people in Central New York from the deadly EEE virus, State Senator Patty Ritchie has teamed up with the Oswego County Department of Health and SUNY Oswego to create an educational video to teach the public about the dangers of EEE. 

“When it comes to EEE, we can’t do enough to prevent and protect people from this deadly disease.  It’s my hope that this video will make more people aware of the dangers and teach them how to properly protect themselves and their loved ones.”

“Through recent tragedies, we’ve seen that our region is particularly susceptible to EEE and I’m proud to collaborate with the Oswego County Department of Health as well as SUNY Oswego to help fight the bite.”

June 13, 2014
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RITCHIE: MEASURE TO HELP FIND VACCINE FOR EEE GETS FINAL PASSAGE

Legislation Will Create 21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her legislation (S.2115) to help find a vaccine to prevent the deadly EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) disease has passed the State Senate.

The bipartisan measure will create the 21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction within the state Department of Health.  The group, comprised of experts in diseases, infection and public health, will be tasked with pushing for the development of effective vaccines against diseases, including EEE, West Nile Virus and Lyme. Included in the new State Budget is $100,000, secured by Senator Ritchie to fund the new workgroup.

June 9, 2014
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5,600 WASTE TIRES COLLECTED IN FREE DISPOSAL DAY EVENT

Ritchie-led Effort Part of County's 'Fight the Bite/Stop Triple-E' Campaign

Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie to “Fight the Bite” Saturday, disposing of more than 5,600 tires at free waste tire disposal events taking place throughout Oswego County.  The total is nearly three times more tires than were collected at similar events last year. 

May 20, 2014
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RITCHIE TEAMS WITH OSWEGO COUNTY TO “FIGHT THE BITE” WITH FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS

Will Take Place May 17th and June 14th at all 5 County Transfer Stations

State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining with Oswego County to “Fight the Bite” and stop the spread of EEE with free tire disposal events taking place on May 17th and June 14th.  The events are being held in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The events will allow Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of eight tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived.  Farm tractor tires will also be accepted, but must be cut into four pieces.  Electronic waste, such as used TVs, computers and radios will also be accepted free of charge.

May 5, 2014
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STATE BUDGET INCLUDES NEW FUNDING TO HELP OSWEGO COUNTY, CNY FIGHT EEE

Three-Year Total of 'Fight the Bite' Funding Secured by Senator Ritchie Reaches $700,000

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the new State Budget includes $275,000 to help Oswego County and Central New York "Fight the Bite" and prevent the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis, the mosquito-borne illness commonly known as EEE

Over three years, Senator Ritchie has secured a total of $700,000 in additional state budget funds for EEE prevention.

“Oswego County is a hotbed for EEE, and it’s so important that we remain vigilant in our work to protect ourselves from disease-spreading mosquitoes and prevent any future tragedies,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to have been able to secure this funding, which will go a long way towards raising awareness of this deadly virus and increasing prevention efforts.”

May 1, 2014
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FIGHT THE BITE: MORE THAN 2,000 TIRES COLLECTED AT RITCHIE-HOSTED RECYCLING EVENTS

Central New York residents disposed of more than 2,000 tires at free recycling events, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The events—which were funded through a special state grant from Senator Ritchie—allowed Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of four tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived. 

“With one tire acting as a breeding ground for an estimated one million mosquitoes, the more than 2,000 tires we were able to dispose of represent a big step in this year’s fight against insects and the diseases they carry,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am thrilled to have been able to host these events, and the turn out really speaks volumes to the necessity of providing people with ways to protect themselves—and their loved ones—from mosquitoes, especially during the summer months.”

August 27, 2013
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THIS SUMMER: TIPS FOR BEATING THE BUGS

Senator Ritchie's Weekly Column

With the recent warm weather and sunny skies, many people in the Central and Northern New York region have been spending the bulk of their summer days—and nights—outside.  While there’s nothing like enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to protect yourself from mosquitoes looking to take a bite out of your summer fun.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis, commonly known as EEE, is a rate but serious viral disease spread by mosquitoes. There are typically 5-10 human cases in the United State annually; with people over the age of 50 and under the age of 15 at the greatest risk of serious infection.  EEE is much more common in horses and has resulted in deaths of dozens of horses in our region in recent years. 

This year—for the second year in a row—I was able to secure special funding in the State Budget for an “Eastern Equine Encephalitis Program,” aimed at paying costs of aerial spraying to control mosquitoes, funding a low-cost horse vaccination program and supporting educational outreach to communities affected by the disease. 

July 15, 2013
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GOV. CUOMO OK’S RITCHIE BILL BOOSTING FUNDS FOR EEE SPRAYING

Oswego to Share in New $100,000 State Fund to Help Combat Disease Carrying Bugs

Governor Cuomo today signed legislation sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, that boosts state payments to counties, including Oswego, to help in the fight against EEE, West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.The new law, S.7340, which was sponsored in the Assembly by Syracuse-area Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, provides up to $100,000 in additional state reimbursement for aerial mosquito control spraying over state land.

October 3, 2012
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FIGHT THE BITE! MOSQUITO TREATMENTS, HORSE VACCINES STILL AVAILABLE

Third Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Oswego County

July 25, 2012
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