Patty Ritchie's Press releases

RITCHIE SECURES $185,000 TO SUPPORT ACTIVE DUTY TROOPS, VETERANS WITH PTSD

Funding Will Aid PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans, River Community Wellness Program

In an effort to support active duty military and veterans, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $185,000 to aid men and women suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat related illnesses. 

The special funding will be split between Watertown’s VETS Peer to Peer Outreach Center—an organization running the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans, which was established in part through a grant secured by Senator Ritchie—and Alexandria Bay’s River Community Wellness Program, based at River Hospital. 

“Our soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice, putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “Many troops who have served in combat zones return with wounds we cannot see and as a result, struggle with PTSD as they try to reacclimate themselves with life at home.”

August 26, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO ASSIST VILLAGE OF ADAMS WITH SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the Village of Adams increase accessibility and improve transportation for pedestrians by rehabilitating and extending its sidewalks.

August 25, 2014
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HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

August 25, 2014
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RITCHIE, FDRLO TEAM UP TO DELIVER MORE THAN 9,000 SIGNATURES IN SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM TO ARMY LEADERSHIP

Public Still Encouraged to Stand Up for the Post 

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION IN SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM***

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that through a collaborative effort with the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, more than 9,000 signatures and dozens of resolutions from local municipalities and organizations in support of Fort Drum have been delivered to Army leadership. 

Earlier this month, Senator Ritchie launched www.StandUpForFortDrum.com, a website where the public could sign a petition to show their support for the post. There, nearly 3,000 signatures were collected and then delivered to FDRLO to support the organization’s petition-gathering effort.

“Fort Drum is a vital part of our region, state and nation,” said Senator Ritchie.  “The signatures collected are a testament to our area’s desire to preserve and encourage further growth of the post, which each and every day has a significant, positive impact on our local economy, our nation’s security and our community as a whole.”

August 25, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $200,000 FOR DREDGING OF LAKE NEATAHWANTA

Builds Upon Past Aid for a Total of $400,000 to Support Dredging Efforts

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $200,000 in special funding to help the City of Fulton and the Town of Granby in their work to dredge Lake Neatahwanta and ultimately make the body of water usable again. This most recent support—which comes just days before dredging is slated to begin—builds upon $200,000 secured last year by Senator Ritchie; bringing the two year total to $400,000.

“The bodies of water that dot Oswego County are some of the most beautiful in the world and for a long time, residents have been working to help improve water quality and access to the waterways which offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities as well as support jobs and attract tourists to our region,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 22, 2014
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RITCHIE CALLS ON ARMY LEADERSHIP TO PRESERVE FORT DRUM

Letter Cites Positive Economic, Community and Security Impacts of Post 

In light of potential troop reductions, State Senator Patty Ritchie expressed her support for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division in a letter sent today to Army leadership. 

The letter follows a proposal by the Army to assess the impact of reducing troop levels to numbers not seen since the beginning of World War II.  Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine, which supports thousands of jobs and pumps roughly $1.4 billion into the local economy annually.

In the letter, Senator Ritchie cited the post’s significant economic impact on Central and Northern New York, as well as the state as a whole:

“Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s economic value to New York State, Northern and Central New York is well-documented and clearly described in annual Economic Impact Statements issued by the post: $1.2 billion in payroll, more than $100 million in locally sourced contracts for construction and other services, and a total positive economic impact on our region of $1.4 billion a year,” said the letter.

August 22, 2014
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MORE THAN 100 POUNDS OF MEDICATIONS DISPOSED OF AT RITCHIE "SHED THE MEDS" EVENT

More than 100 pounds of prescription drugs were disposed of Tuesday at State Senator Patty Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” event; a program aimed at helping people safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications. 

The event was the third of four taking place in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.  So far, as a result of the program more than 300 pounds of medications including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin.

“Many people don’t realize that the unused, unwanted or expired pills sitting in their medicine cabinets can pose major risks to children, pets, people who could abuse them and our drinking water if they are disposed of improperly” said Senator Ritchie. 

August 20, 2014
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CONTINUING OUR FIGHT AGAINST HEROIN

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 
 

If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, you know that their use of substances like heroin can be both frightening and heartbreaking. Here in New York State, the number of deaths from heroin overdose has doubled.  In the Central and Northern New York, the number of users seeking treatment for heroin and opioid abuse has increased 300 percent (over 400 percent in Oswego County) over 10 years.

August 18, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES INTEREST-FREE LOAN TO HELP GET ROUTE 12 WATER PROJECT OFF THE GROUND

Builds Upon $100,000 Secured by Senator Ritchie to Help Cover Costs

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the Town of Orleans will be eligible for an interest-free loan to construct a water system that will provide clean drinking water and spur job growth by rectifying a contamination problem that has plagued residents and businesses along Route 12 in the Towns of Alexandria and Orleans for decades. In addition to the loan—which will be provided by the Environmental Facilities Corporation—Senator Ritchie previously informed Town of Orleans officials she requested $100,000 in special funding to help cover project costs. 

August 14, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $84,000 FOR MUSIC AND ARTS PROGRAMS

Funding to Benefit Central and Northern New York Schools

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $84,000 to help support music and arts programs in Central and Northern New York Schools. 

“Often times, when schools are forced to make cuts it’s programs like music and art that are the first to go,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“I know that these programs are an integral part of a child’s education; allowing them to develop and express their talents.  I’m pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will go a long way towards ensuring that music and arts programs remain in our schools to offer students with the opportunities they deserve to learn and grow.”

August 13, 2014
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RITCHIE OBTAINS $50,000 TO FIGHT HEROIN IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Funds Will Assist St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has obtained $50,000 to help the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force expand its efforts in the fight against the heroin epidemic sweeping the North Country.

“Earlier this year, I held a forum on the heroin and opioid crisis facing small towns across Northern New York and local law enforcement leaders told me they needed more resources to crack down on major dealers,” Senator Ritchie said. “This additional funding will help our law enforcement community focus on the criminal element responsible for bringing so much misery to so many families.”

“The St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force is very grateful to Senator Ritchie for obtaining funds that will allow us to expand our investigations into the sources of the heroin and other narcotics being sold in our communities,” said St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells. “When we told Senator Ritchie we needed more resources, she promised to go to Albany to get us the help we needed to take back our neighborhoods.”

August 11, 2014
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WILL YOU STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM?

WILL YOU STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

Living in Upstate New York, it’s hard to imagine life without Fort Drum.  It’s soldiers are not only defenders of our freedom, they—and their families—are our friends, coworkers and neighbors.  In addition, the post also has an unparalleled positive impact on our region, supporting thousands of jobs and pumping roughly $1.4 billion into our economy annually. 

Currently, the military is studying what would happen if it cut 16,000 soldiers and civilians from Fort Drum.  In light of possible reductions, I’m teaming with local leaders and organizations, like the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization (FDRLO) to gather support for the post. 

August 11, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES “SHED THE MEDS” EVENTS

Teams With Law Enforcement, Local Hospitals to Host Events in August and September

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting people who are looking to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to attend three “Shed the Meds” events she will be hosting in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. 

Last month, thousands of individual pills totaling more than 150 pounds were disposed of at a similar event held in Ogdensburg. Her upcoming events are being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, River Hospital, Alexandria Bay Police Department, Carthage Area Hospital, Carthage Police Department, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Govuerneur Hospital and Gouverneur Police Department.   

“Unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs pose a number of risks—including acting as the gateway drugs for other substances such as heroin, getting into the hands of children and potentially polluting water through improper disposal,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 8, 2014
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RITCHIE LAUNCHES PETITION IN SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM

Teams with FDRLO, Local Leaders as Army Considers Possible Troop Reductions 

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

State Senator Patty Ritchie is teaming with the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization (FDRLO) and other local leaders to urge people to stand up for Fort Drum by signing an online petition launched today at www.StandUpForFortDrum.com

The petition follows a proposal by the Army to assess the impact of reducing troop levels to numbers not seen since the beginning of World War II.  Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine, which supports thousands of jobs and pumps roughly $1.4 billion into the local economy annually. 

“Ft. Drum is a huge part of the North Country—it’s a major job-creator, a significant part of our economy and its troops and their families are not only defenders of our freedom, they are also our friends and neighbors,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m joining forces with the FDRLO and local leaders to help send a clear message to the Army that Fort Drum is a vital part of our region, our state and our nation.  Our community has welcomed Fort Drum and now, we need to stand together to show our continued support and eagerness to help the post grow and succeed.”

August 6, 2014
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RITCHIE JOINS ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING VETERANS

Takes Part in First Meeting of “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs”

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined today with fellow members of the Council of State Governments “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs” to discuss ways to improve services and outreach to veterans and active members of our nation’s military. 

The discussion was the first for the group, which is tasked with identifying key issues facing veterans and  includes legislators and state officials from across the country.

“As the State Senator representing Fort Drum, I make it a priority to look out for the 18,000 soldiers, 20,000 family members and nearly 3,000 veterans who call our region home,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 5, 2014
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ADOPT, DON’T SHOP

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

August 1, 2014
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RITCHIE REUNITES WITH “MR. BAND”

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited the St. Lawrence County Fair this week, attending the event’s “Band Day.”

During the awards portion of the day, Senator Ritchie presented Carlton Peck, also known as “Mr. Band,” with an official Senate Proclamation commemorating the 50th edition of band awards. 

July 31, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Special Funding Will Aid Organizations in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to help victims of domestic violence in Central and Northern New York. 

“Whether it’s physical or psychological, anyone can become a victim of domestic violence; and often times, it’s difficult for the individual being harmed to seek help,” said Senator Ritchie.

“That’s where our local organizations that assist victims of domestic violence come in.  They lend a helping hand, and give individuals the courage to get back up on their feet.  I’m pleased to provide this funding to these vital organizations, and commend them for the work they do to promote safety in our communities.”

July 30, 2014
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A NEW LEVEL OF PROTECTION FOR PETS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

July 28, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH CNY ARTIST VIVIAN GOLDING

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Oswego County artist, Vivian Golding, whose computer- generated still life “Sprig of Flowers” had been on display in the Senator’s Oswego office since last fall.

July 25, 2014
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