Patty Ritchie's Press releases

RITCHIE TO HOST FREE WASTE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS

$15 Drop-Off Fee to be Waived at Events in St. Lawrence County on April 25th and May 9th

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging North Country residents to take the weekend to collect waste tires to be disposed of at her “Free Tire Drop-Off “ events taking place in St. Lawrence County on April 25th and May 9th. 

The free events are being made possible with special funding Senator Ritchie secured in the State Budget, and are being hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department in an effort to clean up the county, protect the environment and reduce the spreading of illnesses by eliminating tires that can act as breeding ground for disease-carrying insects. 

“Many people don’t realize that waste tires aren’t just unsightly—they’re a danger to public health,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 17, 2015
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CHECK IT OUT! AREA READERS ‘LOVE OUR LIBRARIES’

Fulton Named Tops Among Local Libraries; 55 Librarians Named Best

Fulton Public Library in Oswego County was selected as the favorite among 43 local libraries that gained votes—and 55 local librarians won rave reviews—in an online poll conducted by Senator Patty Ritchie to mark National Library Week, April 12- 18.

More than 200 votes were cast for the region’s best libraries and most outstanding librarians. 

“Today, libraries are so much more than books, they are centers of our communities where people have endless opportunities to expand their horizons, learn and grow,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 15, 2015
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GO GREEN, AND CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 14, 2015
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BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR NEW YORK STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 6, 2015
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BUDGET DELIVERS $2.5 MILLION IN EXTRA LOCAL ROAD AID TO CNY, NNY

Boost in ‘CHIPs’ Funds to Help With Much-Needed Repair, Rebuilding After Long Winter

April 2, 2015
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RITCHIE: BUDGET INCLUDES $5 MILLION INCREASE IN AID FOR LIBRARIES

Libraries Statewide to Receive $91.6 Million in Funding 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new state spending plan includes $91.6 million—which is a $5 million increase in aid over the Governor’s proposal— to help support libraries in their efforts to provide books, technology, educational resources, entertainment and more to people across the state. 

In addition, the new State Budget also includes $14 million in library construction aid, which will allow libraries across the state to make upgrades to their facilities. 

“The libraries that dot our region provide countless people with opportunities to expand their horizons and learn new things,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 1, 2015
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RITCHIE: BUDGET DELIVERS FUNDING FOR LOCAL COLLEGES

Nearly $13 Million Allocated for Upgrades at Central and Northern New York Colleges 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new State Budget will include nearly $13 million to help local colleges improve the learning experience for students by making upgrades to their campuses. 

Included in the spending plan is $6.65 million for SUNY Oswego, $1.95 million for SUNY Canton and $4.35 million for Jefferson Community College.  $850,000 in funding allocated for Jefferson Community College will go towards renovating college’s Melvil Dewey Library Building.

March 31, 2015
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NEW STATE BUDGET BOOSTS SCHOOL AID $1.4 BILLION

$25 Million Hike for Local Schools; Budget Shave 3/4ths from GEA

March 31, 2015
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RITCHIE: $3 MILLION IN STATE BUDGET TO SAFEGUARD BASES

RITCHIE: $3 MILLION IN STATE BUDGET TO SAFEGUARD BASES

Funding Added by Senate to Protect Fort Drum, Other Military Assets from Cuts

PTSD Funding for Troops and veterans Also Included in Final Plan

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the new State Budget includes an additional $3 million to help safeguard military bases, including Fort Drum, from possible budget and troop cuts.

The funding is in addition to planned roadway improvements and creation of buffer zones to help make the North Country post more attractive to Washington’s military planners who are eyeing troop cutbacks linked to the budget sequester law.

“Fort Drum is an important economic engine for the North Country and key part of ensuring the Army’s readiness to protect our homeland and fight terrorism abroad,” Senator Ritchie said.

“Once again, New York is sending another signal of the community’s and our state’s commitment to Fort Drum and our nation’s military with this additional support for the post and its mission.”

March 31, 2015
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RITCHIE: BUDGET INCLUDES $100,000 FOR RESTORATION OF PICKENS HALL

Funding Will Help Complete Reconstruction of the “Opera House”

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new State Budget will include $100,000 in funding to help complete the restoration of Heuvelton’s historic Pickens Hall.

The funding—which is included in a portion of the budget aimed at preserving historic properties—will be used to complete the restoration of the third floor of Pickens Hall, commonly known as the “Opera House.” Historically, the space was used for music and cultural performances.  Once restored, the third floor will again host musical performances, as well as meetings and other community events. 

March 30, 2015
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STATE BUDGET INCLUDES RECORD FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURE

Restores Spending Cuts and New Funding  to Help Boost Products “Grown in NY”

March 30, 2015
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A SPECIAL SALUTE TO THOSE WHO SERVED

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

March 27, 2015
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RITCHIE NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR ‘VETERANS HALL OF FAME’

***CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame,” an initiative created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. 

“The brave men and women of our nation’s armed forces sacrifice lives of stability to put everything on the line in the name of protecting our freedom,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“This special honor is just one small way we can thank our veterans for their sacrifices.  

Once again, I am looking forward to honoring those who even after their time of service, have continued to work to give back and make a difference in their local communities.”

March 25, 2015
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VACCINATE YOUR PETS TO STAY SAFE FROM RABIES

It's not too soon to think about vaccinating your pets against rabies.

Rabies is an incurable disease that is nearly always fatal. It's spread through contact with an infected mammal, such as a racoon, bat, fox or skunk. It's also been known to infect cattle and other livestock. That's why it's especially important to make sure your pets are properly vaccinated to help keep rabies out of your family's home.

Unfortunately, cases of wildlife rabies have been on the rise. From 2010 through 2013, there were 109 confirmed cases of wildlife rabies in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, according to the state Health Department's Wadsworth laboratories. That's nearly 7 percent of the total number of wildlife rabies cases discovered statewide!

March 25, 2015
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MISSION: SAVE FORT DRUM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

March 23, 2015
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RITCHIE RALLIES TO SAVE FORT DRUM

Senator Speaks Out at Community Rally and Listening Session 

In an effort to safeguard Fort Drum from potential cuts, State Senator Patty Ritchie joined community members and elected officials at a rally and “listening session” taking place Friday night at Jefferson Community College. 

During the listening session, Senator Ritchie conveyed the importance of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division to Army brass in attendance, including John P. McLaurin, III, the Army's deputy director of force management.

“I grew up in St. Lawrence County,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I saw how the expansion of Fort Drum has transformed this region with new jobs, better health care, improved schools and other benefits that extend even to my community.”

“I am proud that the men and women of Fort Drum, of our Army, of the 10th Mountain Division are all part of New York.”

In addition to her remarks, Senator Ritchie presented Mr. McLaurin, as well as 10th Mountain Division General Stephen Townsend and Fort Drum Garrison Commander Gary Rosenberg with an official Senate Resolution, which was passed earlier this week in support of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.

March 20, 2015
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RITCHIE: STATE SENATE CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PROTECT FORT DRUM

Continues Week of Efforts Aimed at Highlighting Post 

Just one day before a “listening session” on proposed troop reductions, State Senator Patty Ritchie and her colleagues are calling on Congress to stand up and protect Fort Drum. 

Senator Ritchie and members of the Senate Majority sent a letter today to members to the state’s Congressional delegation to voice support for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum and express concerns about the significant economic impact potential troop reductions would have on the North Country and the state as a whole.

March 19, 2015
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10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION AND FORT DRUM DAY CELEBRATED AT STATE CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed 10th Mountain Division Commanding General, Major General Stephen Townsend and troops to the Capitol Tuesday for 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day. 

The event—which is in its fourth consecutive year—celebrated Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s contributions to the North Country region, the state and our nation.  Joining General Townsend were Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum Garrison Commander; Captain Scott Dawe, Commanding General’s Aide; Lieutenant Colonel Tage Rainsford, Public Affairs Officer and more than four dozen soldiers and officers who serve with the 10th Mountain Division.

“Year after year, 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day has allowed my colleagues in Albany to see firsthand the impact that the post and its troops have on our entire state—not just the North Country,” said Senator Patty Ritchie.

March 17, 2015
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RITCHIE: LEGISLATION TO CLOSE GLARING LOOPHOLE IN CHILD KIDNAPPING INVESTIGATIONS PASSES SENATE

Law Would Give Authorities Immediate Access to Child Protective Records 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced legislation she cosponsors that would give law enforcement immediate access to child protective records in the event of a kidnapping has passed the Senate.  Under current state law, authorities are often stalled in their investigations when trying to obtain records from child protective services.

The measure (S.3520-A) was sparked by a recent case in the Albany region, where 5 year-old Kenneth White was reported missing and later found dead.  While investigating the case, authorities were stopped from accessing Kenneth’s child protective records, which could have provided them with additional persons of interest.  A cousin was later arrested and charged with the crime.

March 17, 2015
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PROTECT THE POST: RITCHIE SCORES $500,000 TO HELP SECURE FUTURE OF FORT DRUM

Senator Also Wants Additional "Base Retention" Funding in New State Budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing $500,000 in new state funding to secure additional "buffer areas" around Fort Drum that are critical to preserving the future of the military post.

The $500,000 comes from a special "military base retention" budget account, aimed at supporting efforts to enhance and protect Fort Drum and other military installations. This year, Senator Ritchie is seeking to increase funding for military base retention in the new state budget that's due April 1st.  In recent years, she has played a key role in filling the account help preserve Fort Drum and other military installations across the state.

 “Right now, more than ever, it’s critical that we make protecting and enhancing Fort Drum one of our top priorities,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 16, 2015
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