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RITCHIE: FREE TOOL TO HELP FIGHT MOSQUITOES NOW AVAILABLE

Mosquito “Dunk” Kits Will Help Fight EEE, West Nile

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that homeowners and farmers will once again be able to take advantage of a free tool to help fight mosquitoes and the spread of the deadly EEE and West Nile viruses.

Available on a first come, first serve basis at Soil and Water District offices in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties, free  larvicide “dunk” treatment kits are placed in standing water—where mosquitoes breed—and help to kill larvae for up to thirty days. 

“The region I represent is a hotbed for mosquito borne diseases, and it’s important to remember that combating EEE, West Nile and other viruses is a team effort,” said Senator Ritchie. 

June 30, 2015
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STATEMENT ON THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

From enacting our fifth on-time budget to investing in schools, strengthening the future of agriculture, protecting and creating jobs, and delivering on the promise of relief for hardworking taxpayers, the 2015 legislative session put the needs of everyday, middle class New Yorkers first. Budget and Taxes

June 25, 2015
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RITCHIE CALLS FOR REOPENING OF SELKIRK SHORES SWIMMING BEACH

Senator Cites Need for Improving Services at Park, Drawing More Visitors to CNY Region 

As summer begins, State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on New York State to reopen the swimming beach at Oswego County’s Selkirk Shores State Park.

Due to budget cuts in 2010—before Senator Ritchie took office—the park’s swimming beach was closed, forcing visitors to travel 10 miles to Sandy Island, with no pedestrian trail linking the two parks. 

 “While Selkirk Shores boasts everything from hiking trails and camping sites to opportunities for fishing and boating, one of the things it no longer offers is a swimming beach,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 24, 2015
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MORE THAN 400 ATTEND RITCHIE’S OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR

Annual Event Featured Nearly 50 Employers 

More than 400 job seekers packed the Fulton Community Ice Arena Tuesday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 2015 Oswego County Job Fair. 

The annual event featured nearly 50 employers, many of which were looking to hire immediately.

“While creating jobs is a big part of boosting our economy, matching people seeking work with employers who are looking for talented individuals to join their team is a big part of the equation too,” said Senator Ritchie. 

June 23, 2015
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HOLD THE LINE! SENATOR RITCHIE CALLS CONSTITUENTS TO SPEAK OUT ON LATEST PLAN TO SPLIT 315 AREA CODE

State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling out to residents of Central and Northern New York to be heard on the latest effort by state regulators to create a new area code for parts of the region now covered by 315. Senator Ritchie has created an online survey and comment form on her website to measure her constituents’ support for various plans that have been floated by the state Public Service Commission, which says the region could run out of available phone numbers in 2017.

June 19, 2015
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RITCHIE INVITES NORTH COUNTRY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR SEARCHERS

Free Posters Available in Appreciation for Long Hours Served to Catch Escaped Killers and Keep Us Safe

June 19, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DEADLY ‘TIP OVER’ HAZARD GETS SENATE OK

Goal is to Cut Accidents That Claimed Two Lives Here, 40 in US Yearly

June 18, 2015
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SENATE OKs RITCHIE BILL TO LET OGDENSBURG AIRPORT SOAR

Simple Legal Fix Boosts Plan for Low-Cost Flights from ‘OGS’ to Florida and Beyond

June 17, 2015
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MORE DMV FEE MONEY TO STAY LOCAL UNDER RITCHIE BILL

Mandate Relief Measure Approved Tuesday by Senate

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bipartisan legislation to provide mandate relief to counties by allowing them to retain more money collected at local DMV offices for work done on behalf of the state has passed the Senate.

Across New York State 51 out of 62 counties are required to operate a local DMV office where they process transactions and provide services required by the state.  Under current law, the state takes more than 87 percent of all fees collected for work done by the county.  As a result of Senator Ritchie’s measure (S.4964-A), the percentage of revenue retained by the local DMV office would increase.

June 17, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL BOOSTS POLICE TRAINING TO STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY

Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature After Senate OK 

The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a measure, sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, that boosts training for law enforcement to fight animal abuse.

“Animals don’t have a voice, and they rely on law enforcement to protect them from those who seek to hurt or put them in danger,” said Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. “This bill will help ensure that police and prosecutors know the law, and the tools that are available to them every day to help prevent, detect and stop animal cruelty.”

June 16, 2015
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NEW VIDEO PUSH FOR PSYCH CENTER TRANSFORMATION

“Point Airy Vision” Shows Riverfront Site is Loaded with Opportunity

June 16, 2015
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SENATE OK’S BILL TO LET CONSUMERS KNOW IT’S ‘GROWN IN NY’

Senate Ag Chair Continues Push to Connect Consumers and Local Farmers

The State Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to help push more locally grown food onto consumers’ plates with a marketing campaign aimed at making them aware that products are “Grown in New York.”

The bill—S.519-A—creates the “Grown in New York” marketing program, which sets standards for producers who want to label their foods as local.

“More and more, consumers want to ‘eat local,’ not only for the nutritional value of fresh, wholesome, locally produced foods, but also to help support their local community and their local farmers,” said Senator Ritchie. “But it’s not always easy to tell if a product is truly local, since grocers can sell ‘local’ foods that are really produced hundreds of miles away, or even from a different state.”

June 15, 2015
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‘CHECK OUT’ THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

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Five—that’s the number of books experts say students need to read over the summer to prevent what’s known as  “summer learning loss,” the loss of knowledge and skills that occurs during summer vacation.

Preventing learning loss is key to ensuring students are able to build upon what they’ve already been taught and be successful when they head back to the classroom in the fall.  That’s why I’m once again partnering with local libraries and taking part in the New York State Senate’s 2015 Summer Reading Program. The special program—which is hosted along with the New York State Library—helps children have fun as they continue to build their reading skills throughout the summer months. This year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” celebrates heroes in literature.

June 15, 2015
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES 2015 OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR

Event to Feature More than 50 Employers

In an effort to connect job seekers with employers looking to hire, State Senator Patty Ritchie will host her 2015 Job Fair on June 23rd in Fulton.

“One of the hardest parts of job searching is getting face to face time with potential employers,” said Senator Ritchie.

“My job fair makes it easy to connect with dozens of businesses and organizations that are looking to hire immediately. I'm encouraging anyone seeking a job or career change to visit my job fair on June 23rd.”

June 12, 2015
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SENATE OKs ANOTHER RITCHIE BILL TO HELP NEXT-GEN FARMERS

Part of Sweeping Effort to Preserve Future of Family Farming

The State Senate today passed another in a series of bills sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to help preserve and strengthen the future of family farming in New York.

June 11, 2015
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2,700 LOCAL SENIORS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR FREE PRODUCE AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS

Promoting Better Health and Boosting Local Farmers Are Goals of Expanded ProgramSenator Patty Ritchie today announced that funding she included in this year’s state budget will provide free farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from area Farmers Markets to 2,700 seniors from Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, as a way to boost nutrition and healthy eating, while at the same time helping to strengthen the bottom lines of New York farmers.

June 11, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL TO CONNECT NEW FARMERS WITH VIABLE, SURPLUS STATE-OWNED LAND RECEIVES FINAL PASSAGE

Measure is One of Five Passed by the Senate Wednesday Aimed at Supporting Agriculture

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced a bill aimed at encouraging more young people to pursue agricultural careers by making it easier for them to access viable, unused state-owned lands has received final passage and will now go to the Governor for his signature.

The measure (S. 1824)—which was prompted by increasing farmland prices that make it difficult for farmers to dig into agricultural careers—is part of the Senate-led “Young Farmers” program, a far-reaching plan that seeks to preserve existing farms today and for the next generation. In addition, several other measures were passed by the Senate Wednesday, aimed at helping young and beginning farmers jumpstart their agribusinesses. 

June 10, 2015
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‘THE VOICE’ WINNER LENDS HIS STAR POWER TO THE STATE SENATE

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed recent winner of ‘The Voice,’ Sawyer Fredericks to the Capitol Tuesday, where he was honored by both the Senate and Assembly for his recent success on the hit television show. 

June 10, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL TO REWARD DAIRY FARMS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT IMPROVEMENTS PASSES SENATE

Measure Part of Senator’s Sprawling “Grown in NY” Plan 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the Senate has given its stamp of approval to her legislation that would provide grants and low interest loans to dairy farms that make energy efficient improvements. 

The measure, Senate bill 2984, is part of Senator Ritchie’s “Grown in New York” plan, a multi-part initiative designed to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

“Controlling energy costs on the farm is one of the keys to being successful in the agriculture industry, especially for dairy farmers,” said Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate’s Agriculture Committee. 

June 9, 2015
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RITCHIE NAMED A LEADER AMONG LEGISLATIVE WOMEN

Selected by Colleagues as Officer of Legislature’s Bipartisan ‘Women’s Caucus’

Senator Patty Ritchie has been elected by her colleagues as one of 14 leaders of the Legislature’s bipartisan Women’s Caucus.

June 9, 2015
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