Event to Take Place in Jefferson County from 7:30 a.m. to Noon
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Jefferson County residents that they can dispose of waste tires for free at a special event on Saturday August 1st.
Hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Solid Waste Department, the free drop off is aimed at cleaning up the county and reducing the risk of disease, as one waste tire can act as breeding ground for up to one million mosquitoes, which carry deadly illnesses such as EEE and West Nile.
“Many people don’t realize that waste tires aren’t just unsightly, they also can be harmful to our environment and pose a threat to public health,” said Senator Ritchie.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $150,000 in special funding to help boost tourism by promoting fishing tournaments throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.
Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will support more than a dozen tournaments throughout the region she represents. Included in the total funding is $20,000 for the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at the St. Lawrence River, which will take place this week in Waddington.
“Whether you’re a competitive angler or someone who likes to fish for fun, there’s no disputing that fishing is a big part of our way of life here in Central and Northern New York,” said Senator Ritchie.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $3,000 in funding for the purchase of new uniforms for the Massena Lady Raiders Hockey Team, which took home the team’s first-ever state title earlier this year when they defeated the Kenmore Devil Dogs 3-0 in Buffalo.
“Through their winning of the state championship, the members of the Massena Lady Raiders Hockey Team all have demonstrated that dedication and teamwork pay off,” said Senator Ritchie.
Free Waste Tire Disposal to Take Place in Jefferson County on August 1st
State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging residents to help clean up Jefferson County by participating in her free waste tire disposal event, taking place on August 1st at the Jefferson County Recycling Center.
The disposal—which is similar to events that have resulted in the removal of more than 30,000 waste tires throughout Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties—is being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Solid Waste Department.
See Potential for Increased Tourism, Jobs and Local Government
The state’s County Clerks are backing Senator Patty Ritchie’s new plan to use millions of dollars from ATV registration fees—including fees from now-prohibited side-by-side models—to develop a statewide trail system for ATV riders and other four-season outdoor enthusiasts.
From swimming and hiking to gardening and camping, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the outdoors during the summer months. However, what many people don’t consider is that in warmer weather, bugs like ticks and mosquitoes thrive—and can make a snack out of you if you’re not careful.
The effects of these insects can be as pesky as a small bite and in other, more serious cases can be deadly. For example, mosquitoes carrying EEE have the potential to take lives. In Central New York, five human deaths have occurred as a result of EEE since 1971, while dozens of horses have succumbed to the illness throughout the state.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in funding to help the Village of Waddington construct a new bandstand. To be built in Whittaker Park, the new bandstand will be used for community events, including large scale national fishing tournaments, which the village has hosted in recent years, as well as concerts and other large events.
“Tourism—especially in the summer months—is a major economic driver in the North Country,” said Senator Ritchie.
“In Waddington, the opportunities for fishing and other sports not only attract tourists, they also boost our local economy and help to create jobs. I’m pleased to be able to deliver funding for a new bandstand, which will not only help Waddington host large-scale fishing tournaments, but also other events that are important to the local community.”
Funding Will Assist Sheriff’s Department With Efforts to Crack Down on Drugs
As law enforcement officials across the region continue to wage war on drugs like heroin and meth, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to assist Oswego County in its fight to combat illegal substances.
Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will help the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department purchase surveillance equipment that’s vital to the work they do to stop the spread of drugs in the county.
Pat yourself on the back because we did it! Today’s announcement on the future of Fort Drum represents a tremendous victory for the North Country and Upstate New York.
Tens of thousands of citizens joined with leaders of government at every level—and from every corner of New York State—to rally to Fort Drum’s side. This unprecedented effort caught the attention of Army planners, and it worked.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced $50,000 in special funding to help upgrade the wooden playground at Watertown’s historic Thompson Park.
The wooden playground, which sits atop Thompson Park—an Olmsted park designed by the group led by Frederick Law Olmsted, which was responsible for designing New York City’s Central Park, Boston Commons, the very first State Park in the nation at Niagara Falls and other famous spaces—has been in existence for nearly three decades and has recently begun to show its age.
State Senator Patty Ritchie on Tuesday will announce new funding for area health care and other investment to strengthen the partnership between Fort Drum and local communities, and help protect the future of the post, Upstate New York’s largest employer.
The investments are from a special fund that Senator Ritchie helped create, along with her Senate colleagues, in this year’s State Budget to help protect New York military installations, including Fort Drum, from federal cutbacks.
Mosquito “Dunk” Kits Will Help Fight EEE, West Nile
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that homeowners and farmers will once again be able to take advantage of a free tool to help fight mosquitoes and the spread of the deadly EEE and West Nile viruses.
Available on a first come, first serve basis at Soil and Water District offices in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties, free larvicide “dunk” treatment kits are placed in standing water—where mosquitoes breed—and help to kill larvae for up to thirty days.
“The region I represent is a hotbed for mosquito borne diseases, and it’s important to remember that combating EEE, West Nile and other viruses is a team effort,” said Senator Ritchie.