Patty Ritchie is a lifelong resident of Upstate. Patty grew up in DePeyster, graduating from Heuvelton Central High, Mater Dei College and SUNY Potsdam, and chose to stay in Northern New York and raise her own family.
Patty’s always had a strong interest in serving her community, so she sought election as St. Lawrence County Clerk, was reelected twice with strong, bipartisan support, and served in that role for over a decade.
As County Clerk, she secured many notable successes, including fulfilling her very first campaign pledge to make the County Clerk’s Office more accessible and user-friendly for residents of her sprawling county. She established four local DMV offices that eliminated long lines, improved efficiency, and increased revenue for the county.
Her Clerk’s Office turned an annual profit through an innovative program she created that actively sought DMV business from downstate auto dealers, returning millions of dollars to the county that was used to hold the line on local property taxes.
Patty has committed to carrying her reputation for customer service, and concern for individuals and communities through to her role as State Senator, where she has led myriad fights on behalf of farmers, senior citizens seeking assistance with their prescription drug costs, and for additional state support for rural schools.
She was an early supporter of the new Property Tax Cap law that's saving millions of dollars for Central and Northern New York homeowners, supported the Governor;s program for Regional Economic Development, and has championed job creation.
Patty Ritchie was elected to the State Senate in 2010, defeating a popular, four-term, Albany incumbent in a campaign that focused on the need to strengthen the economy of Central and Northern New York, create jobs, lower taxes, and combat waste and overregulation. She was re-elected in 2012 with more than 70 percent of the total vote (more than 80 percent in her home county of St. Lawrence)--the highest margin of any Republican incumbent in a challenged race.
Patty Ritchie lives in the Town of Oswegatchie with her husband, Tom. The couple has three adult children, and three grandchildren.