Patty Ritchie's Press releases

RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $50,000 FOR REPAIRS AT HEPBURN LIBRARY OF MADRID

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in capital funding to assist the Hepburn Library of Madrid with much needed repairs to steps leading to the library’s main entrance. 

“Libraries are essential parts of communities across our state, especially in rural areas like ours,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I am thrilled to be able to provide this funding which will allow the Hepburn Library of Madrid make the necessary upgrades to ensure everyone has access to the wonderful entertainment and educational resources the library provides.”

November 26, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $100,000 FOR REBUILD OF WELLESLEY ISLAND FIRE STATION

Funding Announced Following Fire That Destroyed Historic Block 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 in capital funding to assist with the rebuilding of the Wellesley Island Fire Station following a devastating fire which happened last August at Thousand Island Park.

“For more than a century, Thousand Island Park has stood as a tight knit community where families and individuals go to spend quality time near the majestic St. Lawrence River,” said Senator Ritchie.  “The fire that took place last August was truly devastating—destroying key parts of the community, including the fire station, which residents count on to help keep them safe.  I am pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will help the area rebuild to become better and safer than ever before.”

November 25, 2014
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RITCHIE DELIVERS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING TO CITY OF OGDENSBURG

$225,000 To Help Waterfront, Rt. 37 Corridor Growth

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced $225,000 in capital funding for the City of Ogdensburg waterfront projects including repairs to the Maple City Trail at The Crescent and the Greenbelt boat launch.

Aid will also be made available to support enhancements in the Marina District and a new loop that improves water service and fire protection at the International Order of Odd Fellows Hall on Linden Street and the City’s Southside.

“Ogdensburg’s Maple City Trail and Crescent Park provide a relaxing place for families to enjoy one of the most beautiful places in Northern New York. These funds will help the city repair some of the damages caused by last spring’s Oswegatchie River flooding,” Senator Ritchie said. “Repairing the boat launch and the trail will help bring more boaters and visitors to Ogdensburg’s waterfront as part of the City’s long term economic development  plan to bring new jobs and businesses to its shoreline.”

November 25, 2014
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 FOR MEXICO PUBLIC LIBRARY

Funding  to be used to repair damaged roof and improve facilities  

Continuing her strong commitment to local libraries, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced $50,000 in special funding to make much needed repairs and upgrades to the Mexico Public Library.

November 18, 2014
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MAKING READING A FAMILY AFFAIR

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

November 10, 2014
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RITCHIE HELPS HONOR VETERANS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fort Drum recently, taking part in a Veterans Day ceremony held at the post’s Memorial Park. 

At the service, those who have served were honored with a ceremonial placing of the wreath as well as remarks from those who spoke about the sacrifices made by members of our military.

November 7, 2014
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BRACING YOURSELF—AND YOUR HOME—FOR OLD MAN WINTER

It’s hard to believe that winter is just around the corner.  If last year is any indication of what the coming months hold, it’s a good idea to take steps now to protect your home from the cold temperatures, whipping winds and mountains of snow.  Here are some of the most beneficial steps you can take to safeguard your home and save on heating costs at the same time in the coming season:

November 7, 2014
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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, REMEMBER OUR TROOPS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

November 3, 2014
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RITCHIE: HELP ME SEND HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO TROOPS

Offices to Feature Drop Boxes for “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Program

State Senator Patty Ritchie is once again calling on Central and Northern New Yorkers to join her in sending warm wishes to troops through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. 

An initiative sponsored by the American Red Cross, Holiday Mail for Heroes collects holiday cards, personally signed by donors, to distribute to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines at military bases, veterans’ hospitals and other locations to let them know they are remembered and appreciated back home. Last year, along with help from local residents, schools and other organizations, Senator Ritchie was able to deliver nearly 8,000 cards to the Red Cross. 

“When someone thinks of the holiday season, spending time with family and friends are two of the top things that typically come to mind,” said Senator Ritchie.  “In addition to putting their lives on the line to serve our country, members of the military make another big sacrifice—being away from their loved ones at this special time of year. To send a “touch of home” to our troops, I’m hoping that Central and Northern New Yorkers once again take the time to participate in this very important program.”

October 27, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR CRISIS INTERVENTION

Aid Will be Used to Train Law Enforcement To Handle Incidents  Involving Persons With Mental Illness

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today that she has secured state funds for specialized training of  law enforcement officers in the City of Ogdensburg to help them more safely and effectively respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis.

The state assistance will support the establishment of a local Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), which will be comprised of  mental health providers and advocates, law enforcement officers, emergency services directors, and families of people with mental illness. The team will develop a curriculum and provide specialized training to help resolve potentially adverse situations involving people with mental illness and law enforcement.

 “Many communities across the country are establishing Crisis Intervention Teams to train law enforcement officers to recognize different types of mental illness, to intervene appropriately and get the person the help they need,” Senator Ritchie said.  “I’m pleased that this successful model is being brought to Ogdensburg so our local police can develop this expertise as well as create a safer environment for those with a mental illness as well as the entire community. 

October 27, 2014
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST RABIES CLINIC WEDNESDAY

Event to Take Place 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Alexandria Bay 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding pet owners that she will be hosting a no-cost rabies clinic in conjunction with Jefferson County Public Health Service on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Bay Fire Hall, located on Walton Street. 

“One of the biggest parts of being a responsible pet owner is making sure that your pets have the vaccinations necessary to stay healthy,” said Senator Ritchie.  “Rabies is almost always fatal, and I encourage any pet owner who hasn’t had their animal receive its vaccination yet to attend Wednesday’s no-cost clinic.”

October 27, 2014
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TEACHING SKILLS THAT SAVE LIVES

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

October 27, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST RABIES CLINIC WEDNESDAY

Event to Take Place 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Alexandria Bay 

In an effort to protect pets and stop the spread of rabies, State Senator Patty Ritchie will host a no-cost rabies clinic in conjunction with Jefferson County Public Health Service from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th at the Alexandria Bay Fire Hall, located on Walton Street. 

The clinic—which is the final for the season in a series of more than a dozen in the region—is being made possible through $25,000 in special funding secured by Senator Ritchie. 

“Our pets are part of the family, that’s why it’s so important to protect them from dangers like rabies,” said Senator Ritchie.  “These no-cost clinics have been extremely successfully in providing animals with the protection they need to stay healthy and I'm hopeful that owners who haven't had their pets vaccinated yet will take advantage of this great opportunity.”

October 23, 2014
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NEW INCENTIVES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

October 20, 2014
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RITCHIE THANKS “CHEFS-IN-TRAINING” FROM ST. LAWRENCE-LEWIS BOCES NORTHWEST TECH CENTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie thanked culinary students from St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Northwest Tech Center for preparing lunches for her recent St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

October 17, 2014
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RITCHIE CALLS ON GOVERNOR TO RE-OPEN HASTINGS REST AREA, ADD “TASTE NY” STORE

Request Comes As Governor Proposes Expansion of “Taste NY” Initiative 

As Governor Cuomo works to expand “Taste NY”—a program designed to highlight locally grown and produced food and products—Senator Ritchie is urging the placement of a Taste NY retail store at the now-closed Hastings rest area on I-81.

The request comes after the Governor this week proposed an expansion of Taste NY, setting goals to add Taste NY retail stores in strategic locations and triple gross sales of participating vendors in the coming year.  In her letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Ritchie suggests reopening the rest area between exits 32 and 31, which has sat vacant since 2010 and adding a Taste NY retail location in an effort to welcome visitors and highlight local products. 

“Heavily traveled by local residents as well as a significant number of Canadian shoppers going to and from Syracuse, I-81 would be a great location for featuring items grown and produced locally including wine, craft beer, maple syrup, fresh produce such as apples and onions, dairy products and so much more,” said Senator Ritchie in her letter. 

October 16, 2014
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RITCHIE RECOGNIZES “THE STARLIGHTERS” WITH SENIOR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

State Senator Patty Ritchie presented members of the St. Lawrence County Band “The Starlighters” with her “Senior Volunteer of the Year Award” Wednesday in recognition of their donating their time to play at community events throughout the north country.

The award was presented at Senator Ritchie’s St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, which took place at Ogdensburg’s Odd Fellows Hall.  More than 300 people attended the event, which featured nearly 50 organizations offering health checks and wellness tips, a free lunch prepared by culinary students from the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Northwest Tech Center, entertainment by The Starlighters and more.

“I was pleased to welcome more seniors and organizations than ever before to Wednesday’s Health and Wellness Fair,” said Senator Ritchie. 

October 16, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES NEARLY $70,000 TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

In an effort to improve safety and security at local schools, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced nearly $70,000 in special funding to be distributed to  districts throughout Central and Northern New York.

“When children are in the classroom and when teachers are leading lessons, the focus should be on learning—not whether or not they are safe and out of harm’s way,” said Senator Ritchie.

“All you need to do is pick up a newspaper to see that schools have been faced with a wide variety of incidents threatening their safety.  The need for security upgrades has been one of the top priorities expressed by local educators, and I’m pleased to provide this funding which will help to ensure that learning remains at the forefront of the minds of students, educators and parents.”

October 14, 2014
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STATE LAUNCHES COMPONENTS OF RITCHIE’S “YOUNG FARMERS NY” PROGRAM

Includes Initiatives to Encourage Young People to Pursue Agriculture Careers 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced components of her “Young Farmers NY” program—a plan aimed at addressing issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and preserving the future of family farming—are being made available today.

Parts of the program launched today include more than $600,000 in grants as well as a loan forgiveness program, both aimed at helping young farmers overcome obstacles and giving them a greater opportunity for a successful career in agriculture.

“It’s hard to imagine a world without farmers,” said Senate Agriculture Chair State Senator Patty Ritchie.  “But it’s something that could become a reality if we don’t take proactive steps towards addressing the issue of our state’s aging farmer population.”

“The components of my Young Farmers NY program rolled out today will give those who are just starting out a real incentive for joining the ranks of our state’s hardworking farmers and more importantly, will serve to protect our state’s biggest industry for many years to come.”

October 10, 2014
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST SENIOR FAIR OCTOBER 15TH

Event to Feature New Organizations, Bus Transportation, Free Lunch and Entertainment

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding St. Lawrence County residents that her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 15th in Ogdensburg.

The free event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, located on the corner of Route 37 and Linden Street.  Highlights include nearly 50 local businesses and organizations offering health checks and wellness tips, a free lunch prepared by “chefs in training” from St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES , entertainment, bus transportation provided by St. Lawrence County NYSARC and more. Flu shots will also be provided and seniors looking to receive a shot are reminded to bring their insurance information with them.

October 9, 2014
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