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RITCHIE BACKS BILL TO PROTECT PRIVACY AT THE DMV

Launches Online Petition to Let Public Tell the

DMV Their Personal Information is “Not For Sale” 

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION***

Senator Patty Ritchie today announced she’s sponsoring legislation to protect the privacy of millions of New Yorkers by prohibiting the state DMV from selling personal information to the highest bidder without their consent.

And she announced that she has launched an online petition to send a message to DMV that New Yorker’s personal information shouldn’t be for sale. The petition can be found at Senator Ritchie’s website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

“Each and every year, millions of Americans fall victim to identify theft, which means we all need to be increasingly concerned about privacy protection,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 28, 2015
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RITCHIE ‘CAREER PORTABILITY’ BILL FOR MILITARY SPOUSES GETS SENATE OK

NY is Only State Without a Law that Protects Careers of Soldiers’ Families

The State Senate today approved a bill, sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, to make it easier for spouses of active duty military to get approval to work in their chosen fields that require licensing or certification by the state.

“Right now, hundreds, if not thousands of military spouses at Fort Drum and other posts around New York are prohibited from working in jobs for which they are well-trained, even though they have valid licenses in their home states,” said Senator Ritchie.

“That’s because New York—alone among every other state—requires these professionals to undergo the same training, testing and certification process as if they were seeking a license for the very first time.

May 27, 2015
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RITCHIE WELCOMES NORTH COUNTRY “YOUTHS OF THE YEAR” TO STATE CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed two North Country teens to the State Capitol this week, to recognize them for their being named “Youths of the Year” by their local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Receiving the special honor were Kinnon LaRose of Ogdensburg, and Antonio Bell of Fort Drum.  Both were named “Youths of the Year” for their strong leadership values and academic excellence. 

 

May 22, 2015
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HUNDREDS OF JOB SEEKERS ATTEND 5th ANNUAL RITCHIE JOB FAIR

Hundreds of people seeking employment took part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s St. Lawrence County Job Fair, held Thursday at the Oddfellows Hall in Ogdensburg. This was the fifth year in a row Senator Ritchie has hosted the Job Fair in St. Lawrence County. 

“It goes without saying that meeting face-to-face with employers is key to any person’s job search,” said Senator Ritchie.  “Each year, I strive to feature employers at my Job Fairs who are looking to hire right away and today, I was thrilled to give so many people the chance to learn more about the opportunities currently available here in the North Country.”

May 21, 2015
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RITCHIE BRINGS TOGETHER AMISH, LOCAL LEADERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TO IMPROVE HIGHWAY SAFETY

Participants Agree to Find Better Safety Markings for Buggies

In an effort to help the North Country public and the region’s Amish population more safely share the road, State Senator Patty Ritchie brought together St. Lawrence County Legislators, law enforcement and Amish leaders to explore different ways to improve markings on buggies and announced  that by using a state grant she had secured, St. Lawrence County recently finished installing more than 100 new warning signs to alert motorists to buggies traveling on roadways. 

“St. Lawrence County is home to the fastest growing Amish population in our state, and while they have different beliefs and customs, members of the Amish community have become a significant part of our community—living working and investing in our region,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 21, 2015
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SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO OPEN UNDERUSED STATE PRISONS TO EASE LOCAL JAIL CROWDING

Bipartisan Measure Would Save County Taxpayers Millions for “Outboarding” Prisoners

 

May 20, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS OSWEGO COUNTY WWII VET DONALD KEENEY AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Oswego County World War II  veteran Donald Keeney as her 2015 inductee into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” from the 48th Senate District at a special ceremony held Tuesday at the State Capitol. 

“Among the tales of World War II’s epic battles and horrific conflicts, are stories of ordinary people who rose to the occasion to defend our country,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“Donald Keeney is one of those people who stepped up to the plate and put his life on the line to fight for our freedom. Not only did he dedicate himself to our nation, after completing his service, he went above and beyond to serve his community. In 2015, we marked 70 years since the end of WWII, and today,  I’m humbled to honor him and thank him for his unwavering commitment to making our country and his community a better place.”

May 19, 2015
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES BIPARTISAN BILL AIMED AT STOPPING PARENTAL KIDNAPPING

Measure Would Make it a Felony for Non-Custodial Parent to Abduct a Child

May 19, 2015
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MOVE OVER MAPLE: RITCHIE BILL TO HELP FARMERS ADD WALNUT, BIRCH SYRUPS TO NY BREAKFAST TABLES GETS FINAL PASSAGE

Potential Seen for Expansion Into New Products

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced final passage of legislation aimed tapping into the potential of the state’s many walnut and birch trees, which are seen by researchers as a way for producers of maple syrup to expand their markets. 

According to researchers, there are 22 types of trees that can be tapped for syrup, with the most common in New York State being black walnut and birch.  In recent years, Cornell University has been working to help maple producers explore the use of these trees to expand and add value to their businesses, and extend the season for “sugar makers,” as birch and walnut saps typically run after maple stops flowing. 

“We’ve seen the popularity of maple products explode in recent years and while there’s still room for the industry to grow, there’s also untapped resources contained in the millions of other trees throughout our state, namely birch and walnut trees,” said Senator Ritchie.   

May 18, 2015
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RITCHIE SEEKS TOUGHER ABUSE LAW IN WAKE OF AMISH ABDUCTIONS

Bill Seeks to Close Gaps in State Law So Abusers Can’t Go Free 

Inspired by the case of the St. Lawrence County sisters who were abducted from their family’s Amish roadside stand, Senator Patty Ritchie has written and introduced legislation that proposes to toughen New York’s laws against the sexual abuse of children, with longer prison terms and new restrictions to prevent offenders from hiding their crimes in their future. 

Senator Ritchie’s bill, S.5560, creates the specific crime of “Sexual Exploitation of a Child,” a Class B felony, defined as participating, arranging or assisting in creation of child pornography, including enticing or transporting the victims to be used in such a production.  Abusers would face up to 25 years in prison for each offense. Under current law, promotion or possession of child pornography can result in a sentence of as little as seven years in prison, or even probation. 

May 18, 2015
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RECORD 10,000 TIRES COLLECTED IN LAST WEEKEND’S DROP-OFF EVENTS

Senator Ritchie’s Effort is Cleaning Up Roadsides, Protecting Public 

More than 10,000 waste tires were removed from area backyards and roadsides during last weekend’s free disposal events sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie in Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.

It’s the most ever collected during the one-day events, made possible through special State Budget funding secured by Senator Ritchie. Over three years, Senator Ritchie’s efforts have resulted in the removal of more than 30,000 waste tires from area communities.

“Waste tires along roadsides and in backyards are not only unsightly, they can be a cause for spreading disease because mosquitoes love to breed in the standing water that collects inside them,” Senator Richie said. “With proper disposal, we are cleaning up our roadsides and communities, protecting the environment and preventing disease.”

May 15, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS 16 OF AMERICA’S HEROES AT “VETERANS HALL OF FAME” CEREMONY

As the nation continues to celebrate National Military Appreciation Month, State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 16 veterans from throughout Central and Northern New York Thursday, at her annual “Veterans Hall of Fame” ceremony, which took place at the U.S. Army Reserve Center near Fort Drum.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A VIDEO OF THE VETERANS RECOGNITION CEREMONY

“There are people we paid tribute to today, who fought in some of history’s most dangerous battles, including, the Invasion of Normandy, Iwo Jima and the Battle of the Bulge, as well as more recent conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 14, 2015
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RITCHIE TEAMS WITH OSWEGO COUNTY SCHOOLS TO ‘FIGHT THE BITE’

Students and Families Recruited in Latest Effort to Raise Awareness and Stop EEE 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is once again teaming with Oswego County health officials and educators to raise awareness and help fight the deadly mosquito-borne disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.

This week, Senator Ritchie distributed more than 20,000 EEE educational flyers to all nine Oswego County school districts. The flyers contain information about EEE and ways that residents can protect themselves, and was created in cooperation with Oswego County’s Health Department and the family of Maggie Sue Wilcox, the little New Haven girl who died in 2011 after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

May 12, 2015
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EIGHT HONORED WITH ‘LIBERTY AWARDS’ FOR HELPING PREVENT ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY HEALTH CARE EMERGENCY

Community Sprang Into Action to Avert Possible Rabies Outbreak

State Senator Patty Ritchie today honored eight St. Lawrence County residents with the prestigious New York State Senate Liberty Medal for their work to stop a major health emergency, after a farmer and other members of the local Amish community were exposed to a rabid horse.

The eight, including a veterinarian, several county public health workers, concerned community volunteers, and employees of a regional farmer cooperative with deep ties to area Amish, all played key and potentially lifesaving roles in identifying and locating individuals in the normally isolated community who could have been exposed to rabies, and required preventive treatment.

May 8, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS WEST POINT CADETS AT CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point to the Capitol Wednesday as part of the Legislature’s “West Point Day.” 

Two cadets from Jefferson County were included in the group; Cadet Nicholas Tyler of Adams, and Cadet Brandon Lloyd of Watertown.  Both are graduates of South Jefferson High School. 

May 8, 2015
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STEFANIK, RITCHIE, INTSCHERT ANNOUNCE FORMATION OF ‘UPSTATE WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL’

Effort Seen As a Way to Help Women Succeed, Inspire Future Leaders 

Rep. Elise Stefanik, State Senator Patty Ritchie and Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert, joined by other local leaders, today announced formation of the “Upstate Women’s Leadership Council.”

The nonpartisan, non-political group is aimed at increasing opportunities for women’s personal and professional advancement and inspiring a next generation of leaders across Northern and Central New York.

“Today, more and more women are stepping up to the plate, in academics, business, medicine and public service,” said Senator Ritchie. “The Upstate Women’s Leadership Council’s aim is to help these women and others find success in their chosen fields, and inspire women of every age—but especially young women—to reach for higher goals and become our next generation’s leaders,” Senator Ritchie said.

May 7, 2015
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RITCHIE LEGISLATION HONORS FALLEN 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION SOLDIER

Bill Creates "Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway"   

***CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF SENTOR RITCHIE'S COMMENTS ON LEGISLATION TO CREATE THE LT. COL. TODD J. CLARK MEMORIAL HIGHWAY***

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced passage of  legislation she cosponsored to honor Lieutenant Colonel Todd Clark, a 17-year Army veteran and member of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion Combat Team, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013. 

The measure passed Wednesday would name a portion of the state highway system, near Lt. Col. Clark’s hometown of Albany, the "Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway.”

“While Lt. Col. Clark was a native of Albany, I was proud to represent him when he was stationed at Fort Drum,” said Senator Ritchie. 

May 6, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS CANTON MAYOR MARY ANN ASHLEY AS A “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION” AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley as a 2015 “Woman of Distinction” at a special ceremony held Wednesday at the State Capitol. 

May 6, 2015
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 FOR TOWN OF CLAYTON IMPROVEMENTS

Funding to Support Library Addition, Heating for Arena

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the Town of Clayton with costs associated with upgrades being made at the Depauville Free Library and Cerow Recreation Park arena.

A portion of the capital funding will be aimed at assisting the Depauville Free Library with the building of an addition that will include a children’s room and improvements to make the library more handicapped accessible.    The remainder of the funding will be used to construct a radiant heating system in the mezzanine—which currently isn’t heated—of the Cerow Recreation Park Arena.

May 5, 2015
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RITCHIE WELCOMES CARTHAGE GRAD, NCAA TOURNEY PLAYER TO CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed Zakiya Saunders, a graduate of Carthage High School and member of the UAlbany women's basketball team to the State Capitol Monday, as the squad was recognized for their play in the 2015 NCAA tournament. 

May 4, 2015
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