Patty Ritchie was elected to the State Senate in 2010, and serves as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. In 2015, she was named Deputy Majority Leader for Senate and Assembly Relations, a position that strengthens her ability to represent her Central and Northern New York constituents, as well as lead on issues that are important to all New Yorkers.
Patty is a lifelong resident of Upstate. Patty grew up in DePeyster, in St. Lawrence County, 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, scoring many notable successes that improved service to her customers, and increased revenue to the county to help 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, and championed job creation.
As Agriculture Committee Chair, she has worked to strengthen family farms, by cutting taxes and red tape. She authored the new 2% cap on farmland assessments, which has helped stop runaway property tax increases that threaten farmers' success. To encourage a new generation of family farmers, she proposed the "Young Farmers NY" program, enacted in 2014, which includes grants and other incentives to support aspiring farmers. And she has led the fight to stop budget cuts to research, marketing and education programs.
In 2015, she introduced "Grown in New York," an ambitious plan that aims to increase connections between consumers and local farmers, and help bring more New York farm products into schools and homes.
Patty Ritchie lives in the Town of Oswegatchie with her husband, Tom. The couple has three adult children, and three grandchildren.
In addition to her role as Agriculture Chair, Senator Ritchie serves on the following Senate committees: Alcoholism & Drug Abuse; Civil Service and Pensions; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation; Energy and Telecommunications; Higher Education; Libraries, and Local Governments. She is a member of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.