Patty Ritchie's Press releases

RITCHIE MEETS WITH HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with county and town highway superintendents from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties in her Albany office.

Highway officials explained to Senator Ritchie that while last year’s State Budget increased funding for state roads by $1.16 billion, there was no increase in funding for local roads.

March 7, 2013
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SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL “GROWN IN NEW YORK” TO STRENGTHEN AGRICULTURE AND FAMILY FARMS

Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled today by Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Senator Ritchie was joined at a Capitol news conference by other members of the committee, as well as leaders of the New York Farm Bureau to announce a plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

“Agriculture is New York’s leading industry, and Senate Republicans have been at the forefront of efforts to bolster agriculture and help farmers grow,” Senator Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) said. “Over the past two years, we have worked to restore budget cuts to vital marketing, research, and educational programs farmers depend on to strengthen their bottom line. ‘Grown in New York’ is the Senate Republican plan to build on that success and help farmers grow and build for the future.”

WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE BY CLICKING HERE.

March 5, 2013
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES 2013 FAMILY TAX RELIEF ACT

Senate Republican Plan Will Expand Tax Breaks, Restore STAR Rebates

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing a package of tax relief and reform measures aimed at providing a major economic boost to New York State’s middle class families.

Announced Monday, the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act would increase tax breaks for the middle class that have not kept pace with inflation, and in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years.  In addition, the act would restore STAR rebates that were eliminated in 2009. 

March 4, 2013
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RITCHIE JOINS CARTHAGE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TO CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined students at Carthage Elementary Friday, to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. 

During the event, which capped off “National Read Across America Week,” Senator Ritchie read the book “The Cat in the Hat” to students.

March 1, 2013
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GUN OWNERS: PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY


A new state law allows gun owners to protect the privacy of your personal information--including your home address.

February 15, 2013
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RITCHIE MAKES EARLY VALENTINE’S DAY VISIT TO SAMARITAN KEEP HOME

State Senator Patty Ritchie made an early Valentine’s Day visit to Samaritan Keep Home’s Adult Day Care in Watertown on Wednesday. 

February 13, 2013
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RITCHIE REMINDS PROPERTY OWNERS STAR DEADLINE IS NEAR

New York State School Tax Relief Program Deadline is March 1st

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program—or STAR—is March 1, 2013.

STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two types of benefits, Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.

February 5, 2013
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RITCHIE, LIBRARY OFFICIALS MEET, DISCUSS WAYS TO SUPPORT PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN NNY

State Senator Patty Ritchie met this week with representatives of Northern New York libraries from Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

Senator Ritchie was recently reappointed to serve on the Senate Select Committee on Libraries; a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.

February 1, 2013
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RITCHIE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2013 “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Friends, Family Members and Co-workers Invited to Make Nominations Through April 5th

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s 2013 “Women of Distinction” program. 

The program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

January 31, 2013
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RITCHIE RENAMED TO SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES

Renews Commitment to Supporting Libraries, Expanding Opportunities for Taxpayers

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been renamed to the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.

January 29, 2013
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RITCHIE RENAMED CHAIR OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Also Lands Spots on Committees Key to Central and Northern New York Communities

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been renamed Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and was also named to serve on several committees with direct oversight of issues that are key to the regions she represents.

January 25, 2013
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GOVERNOR’S BUDGET INCLUDES WELCOME NEWS FOR FARMERS

Ritchie Applauds Governor’s Support for Upstate Agriculture

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment to New York State’s agriculture industry and Upstate farming as evidenced in the Executive Budget proposal outlined on Tuesday.

“Here in New York State our hardworking farmers are the backbone of our workforce and agriculture is the cornerstone of our economy,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am pleased that Governor Cuomo is recognizing the important—and critical—role  agriculture plays. His funding of agriculture in the Executive Budget proposal sends a message that this industry is a key part of our efforts to revitalize New York State’s economy.”

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RITCHIE ON 2013-2014 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL

CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT FARES IN THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET

In the past two years, we have begun to turn a corner in New York State, and certain components of Governor Cuomo’s State Budget proposal announced today—such as his pledge to rein in spending and not to implement any new taxes or fees—will help to continue this trend of fiscal responsibility.

Job creation is my top priority, and I was pleased to hear that there will be significant investments the creation of employment opportunities for New Yorkers looking to head back to work.  As announced today, the inclusion of $150 million for a third round of Regional Economic Development Council funding will build on the success of this program and help spur the economies in Central and Northern New York.

January 22, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH CHAIR OF BOARD OF REGENTS STATE AID COMMITTEE

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Dr. James Dawson, Chair of the Board of Regents State Aid Committee to discuss the challenges rural schools in Central and Northern New York are facing and make a commitment to work together in an effort to find a solution to ensure both quality educational experiences for students and relief for taxpayers.

January 18, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE

The horrific incidents in Newtown, CT, and Webster, NY, prompted shock and outrage across America. As a mother, and a grandmother, I experienced the same emotions and horror at these events, and other recent random acts of gun violence, as citizens all across this great state and nation.

January 14, 2013
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RITCHIE SWORN IN FOR SECOND STATE SENATE TERM

State Senator Patty Ritchie was sworn in for her second term in office, as lawmakers returned to Albany for the start of the legislative session.

Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with New York’s Chief Judge, Jonathan Lippman.

January 11, 2013
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RITCHIE’S "MARK’S LAW" GAINS SUPPORT

Additional Sponsors Sign-On to Measure to Protect First Responders,

Online Petition Grows to More Than 2,000 Signatures

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced additional support for “Mark’s Law," her measure designed to put the full weight of the law behind emergency first responders and ensure just punishment for those who harm these heroes.

As of Friday, seven lawmakers have signed on to co-sponsor her bill, S.2130..  In addition,  an online petition where the public can show their support for Mark’s Law has reached more than 2,000 signatures.

January 11, 2013
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS GOVERNOR’S CALL FOR ATTRACTING GOOD JOBS, CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH

Plans to Focus on Upstate Economic Development Included in State of the State Address

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for building on the progress of the past two years to create more jobs and continue economic growth, following Wednesday’s State of the State address in Albany.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S COMMENTS ON THE GOVERNOR'S 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

“In 2013, my focus is jobs, and I was thrilled to hear that Governor Cuomo is making that one of his priorities as well,” said Senator Ritchie.

“We have made some great strides recently when it comes to getting our state’s economy back on track, but there’s a lot more we can do.  I’m eager to get to work and continue to collaborate with the Governor and my fellow colleagues in an effort to put more New Yorkers back to work.”

January 9, 2013
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MORE THAN 350 YOUNG ARTISTS, WRITERS PARTICIPATE IN SENATOR RITCHIE’S “THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION”

Student Essays, Artwork and Poems Now Available for Viewing Online 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that more than 350 students—more than any other senate district—participated in the New York State Senate’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration; a program inviting students to share their  poems, essays and artwork based on what they are thankful for. 

December 21, 2012
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