As students head back to school, State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing $100,000 in special funding she has secured to help support music and band programs in districts throughout Central and Northern New York.
“For many students, the arts are a big part of the learning experience; helping them to develop their talents, grow and acquire the skills necessary for success,” said Senator Ritchie.
“I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will not only help schools across our region enhance the quality of their music and band programs, but also will increase learning opportunities for students.”
Events to be Held at NEW Locations in Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties
State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking seniors to mark their calendars for her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fairs, which will take place in September and October in Oswego, St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.
“Each and every year, thousands of seniors throughout Central and Northern New York look forward to visiting my Senior Health and Wellness Fairs, where they can access the tips and tools they need to improve their well-being,” said Senator Ritchie.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has delivered $50,000 in special funding to assist the Ogdensburg Public Library with major repairs, including the replacement of the facility’s stucco exterior and new stairs outside the building.
“As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, I have worked very hard to help secure critically needed construction funding for community libraries across Northern and Central New York,” Senator Ritchie said.
“Libraries like the Ogdensburg Public Library are centers of our communities and these types of projects allow libraries to better serve the families and individuals who rely on them for books, entertainment, educational offerings and so much more.”
Watertown Municipal Arena Renovations to be Completed by Spring of 2016
As renovations to the Watertown Municipal Arena continue, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help cover costs associated with the major overhaul of the facility, which is expected to be completed by spring of 2016.
“From ice hockey to concerts, the Watertown Municipal Arena has been utilized for decades by countless individuals and families on a year-round basis,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will allow the arena to continue to provide the entertainment, recreational activities and community events that make the North Country a more attractive place to live or visit.”
Brings Two Year Total of Tires Collected to Nearly 40,000
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that nearly 4,500 waste tires totaling nearly 70 tons have been eliminated as a result of last weekend’s free waste tire drop off events, held in Oswego County. Tires disposed of brings the two year total of tires eliminated through the Senator’s initiative aimed at protecting public health and the environment, as well as cleaning up our region, to nearly 40,000, which translates to roughly 560 tons of tires.
“My free waste tire disposal initiative has been key to not only helping to clean up roadsides and yards littered with waste tires, but also to protecting the public health and environment in the counties I represent,” said Senator Ritchie.
State Senator Patty Ritchie met new Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Bryan Laske this week, at a special ceremony to mark the groundbreaking of a new monument at Watertown’s Thompson Park to honor 10th Mountain Division troops.
Ritchie-Sponsored Events Happening at Transfer Stations Across Oswego County
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Oswego County residents that another round of free waste tire disposal events will take place on Saturday, August 15th from 8:00 a.m. to noon at transfer stations throughout Oswego County.
“Mosquitoes are small, but as we’ve seen, they can be deadly,” said Senator Ritchie. “Waste tires have the potential to act as breeding ground for up to one million of these dangerous insects, and with every waste tire disposed of we are cutting down on the chances of someone contracting mosquito borne diseases like EEE or West Nile.”
Funding Will be Used to Make Energy Efficient Upgrades, Improve Handicapped Accessibility and More
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that eight libraries throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties will receive more than $250,000 in public library construction funds to make upgrades to their facilities.
“More and more frequently libraries are being used by people across our region for everything from job hunting resources to checking out today’s bestsellers,” said Senator Ritchie, who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, a group charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.
Groundbreaking to Take Place August 12th at Thompson Park
In advance of its groundbreaking Wednesday, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to assist with the construction of a new monument at Watertown’s historic Thompson Park that will honor the sacrifices made by 10th Mountain Division soldiers.
“Here in our region, support for our soldiers is something that we see every day—whether it’s a ‘thank you’ to someone in uniform or a yellow ribbon placed outside one’s home,” said Senator Ritchie.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that Jefferson County residents disposed of nearly 5,000 waste tires totaling 70 tons at a free drop off event hosted last weekend.
The first of its kind in Jefferson County, Senator Ritchie’s free waste tire drop off was the most recent in a series of similar events she has hosted in St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties, which aim to help clean up our region and rid roadsides and yards of waste tires that have the potential to act as breeding ground for up to one million disease-carrying mosquitoes. So far, more than 35,000 tires have been collected in the region Senator Ritchie represents through her waste tire drop off events.
Free Event Aimed at Stopping Spread of Mosquito Borne Diseases
In light of this week’s discovery of the mosquito borne EEE virus, State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Oswego County residents to dispose of waste tires at her free drop off events taking place on Saturday August 15th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
The free disposal events are part of a continuing effort by Senator Ritchie and local community leaders to not only clean up our region, but also to stop the spread of mosquito borne diseases like EEE and West Nile, as it’s estimated that one single waste tire can act as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes. In recent years, residents in Central and Northern New York have eliminated more than 35,000 waste tires through Senator Ritchie’s free drop off events.
State Senator Patty Ritchie this week hosted the first meeting of the “Upstate Women’s Leadership Council,” a group aimed increasing opportunities for the personal and professional advancement of women throughout the Central and Northern New York regions.
“Today, women are doing big things,” said Senator Ritchie. “More and more frequently, females are found serving at the helm of businesses and organizations, being elected to office and taking on different leadership roles within our community.”
“The Upstate Women’s Leadership Council seeks to tap into the expertise of our local leaders to help to inspire other women who want to follow in their footsteps.”
Event to Take Place in Jefferson County from 7:30 a.m. to Noon
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Jefferson County residents that they can dispose of waste tires for free at a special event on Saturday August 1st.
Hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Solid Waste Department, the free drop off is aimed at cleaning up the county and reducing the risk of disease, as one waste tire can act as breeding ground for up to one million mosquitoes, which carry deadly illnesses such as EEE and West Nile.
“Many people don’t realize that waste tires aren’t just unsightly, they also can be harmful to our environment and pose a threat to public health,” said Senator Ritchie.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $150,000 in special funding to help boost tourism by promoting fishing tournaments throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.
Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will support more than a dozen tournaments throughout the region she represents. Included in the total funding is $20,000 for the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at the St. Lawrence River, which will take place this week in Waddington.
“Whether you’re a competitive angler or someone who likes to fish for fun, there’s no disputing that fishing is a big part of our way of life here in Central and Northern New York,” said Senator Ritchie.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $3,000 in funding for the purchase of new uniforms for the Massena Lady Raiders Hockey Team, which took home the team’s first-ever state title earlier this year when they defeated the Kenmore Devil Dogs 3-0 in Buffalo.
“Through their winning of the state championship, the members of the Massena Lady Raiders Hockey Team all have demonstrated that dedication and teamwork pay off,” said Senator Ritchie.
Free Waste Tire Disposal to Take Place in Jefferson County on August 1st
State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging residents to help clean up Jefferson County by participating in her free waste tire disposal event, taking place on August 1st at the Jefferson County Recycling Center.
The disposal—which is similar to events that have resulted in the removal of more than 30,000 waste tires throughout Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties—is being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Solid Waste Department.
See Potential for Increased Tourism, Jobs and Local Government
The state’s County Clerks are backing Senator Patty Ritchie’s new plan to use millions of dollars from ATV registration fees—including fees from now-prohibited side-by-side models—to develop a statewide trail system for ATV riders and other four-season outdoor enthusiasts.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in funding to help the Village of Waddington construct a new bandstand. To be built in Whittaker Park, the new bandstand will be used for community events, including large scale national fishing tournaments, which the village has hosted in recent years, as well as concerts and other large events.
“Tourism—especially in the summer months—is a major economic driver in the North Country,” said Senator Ritchie.
“In Waddington, the opportunities for fishing and other sports not only attract tourists, they also boost our local economy and help to create jobs. I’m pleased to be able to deliver funding for a new bandstand, which will not only help Waddington host large-scale fishing tournaments, but also other events that are important to the local community.”