Patty Ritchie's Press releases

5,600 WASTE TIRES COLLECTED IN FREE DISPOSAL DAY EVENT

Ritchie-led Effort Part of County's 'Fight the Bite/Stop Triple-E' Campaign

Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie to “Fight the Bite” Saturday, disposing of more than 5,600 tires at free waste tire disposal events taking place throughout Oswego County.  The total is nearly three times more tires than were collected at similar events last year. 

May 20, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS OSWEGO COUNTY'S JANE BACKUS AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Oswego County’s Jane Backus as her 2014 Woman of Distinction from the 48th Senate District recently at a special ceremony at the State Capitol.

A retired English teacher after 25 years, Mrs. Backus taught seniors and sophomores at both Ogdensburg Free Academy and Mexico Academy and Central Schools.  Today, she is an extremely active member of her community, volunteering her time with many organizations that aim to better the Central New York region.

May 19, 2014
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SALUTING OUR SOLDIERS, PAST AND PRESENT

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

May 19, 2014
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DON’T FORGET: FIGHT THE BITE WITH FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS SATURDAY

Dispose of Up to Eight Tires With Usual $5 Per-Tire Fee Being Waived

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Central New York residents to “Fight the Bite” by getting rid of waste tires at free disposal events taking place Saturday across Oswego County. 

Studies have shown that one waste tire can act as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes, which have the potential to carry deadly diseases like EEE. Last year, Oswego County residents disposed of more than 2,000 waste tires at similar free events sponsored by Senator Ritchie. In addition to this Saturday’s event, Senator Ritchie and Oswego County will also host free tire disposals on June 14th. 

“There are a number of things we can do to prevent mosquito bites and control the number of mosquitoes around our homes.  With each waste tire acting as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes, doing away with even a single tire that sits idle on one’s property can dramatically reduce the risk of getting bit,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 16, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS 28 VETERANS FROM CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 28 veterans of the US Armed Forces at a special ceremony that took place Thursday at the USO Fort Drum.

WATCH THE CEREMONY ON YOUTUBE

READ ABOUT THE HONOREES HERE

From individuals who fought on the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge to those who have served our country during more current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the diverse group of honorees were nominated for the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service and their continuing efforts to better our local communities. 

May 15, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HONOR VETERANS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

28 Nominated for New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor 28 veterans of the US Armed Forces at a special ceremony taking place on Fort Drum Thursday, May 15th. 

Those who will be honored were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our local communities.

“It takes a very special, dedicated person to serve—and it takes an even more devoted person to continue to give back by serving one’s community,” said Senator Ritchie.

“From fighting for freedom during WWII to serving on the front lines during recent conflicts, the contributions made by this year’s honorees are truly remarkable. I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to honor them with this special event and thank them for their selflessness and service.”

May 14, 2014
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RITCHIE URGES SPORTSMEN TO SIGN HER PETITION TO ALLOW UTVs IN N.Y.

Public Urged to Get Behind Effort as Ritchie Bill Clears Key Legislative Committee

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging sportsmen, seniors and every New Yorker who enjoys the great outdoors to sign her online petition to allow side-by-side UTVs to be legally registered in the state. The petition can be found here.

More than 2,000 members of the public—from across New York State and as far away as Tennessee, Florida and California—have already signed the petition calling on the Assembly to pass Senator Ritchie’s bill (S.1946). Most signers indicated that they were ATV owners.

Senator Ritchie’s bill cleared a key legislative hurdle Tuesday when it was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. The full Senate is expected to act on the bill in the next few weeks.

New York is the only state in the nation that does not allow UTVs to be legally registered and, while the Senate has approved Senator Ritchie’s bill each year for the past three years, the Assembly has failed to act even once.

May 13, 2014
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THIS SUMMER, EAT FARMERS MARKET FRESH

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

More vitamins and minerals, protection against diseases such as heart disease and cancer, a lower number on the scale and freshness that is second to none—these are just some of the benefits of eating fruits, vegetables and other foods found at your local farmers market. 

May 12, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH NORTH COUNTRY EMERGENCY SERVICE PROVIDERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with local members of the United New York Ambulance Network in Albany. Included in the meeting were representatives of Seaway Valley Ambulance of St. Lawrence County and Guilfoyle Ambulance Service of Jefferson County. 

May 9, 2014
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SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE APPROVES NEW COMMISSIONER

The State Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday approved Richard Ball—a native New Yorker and longtime farmer—as the new Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CONFIRMATION PROCEEDINGS (TRT 01:04)

“I first had opportunity to meet Richard during the recovery efforts following Hurricane Irene, when he was gracious enough to let me survey the damage sustained at his farm and offered suggestions for how to best help farmers rebound from their losses,” said Senator Patty Ritchie, who chairs the Agriculture Committee. 

“I learned then agriculture and helping his fellow farmers succeed are Richard’s passions.  I’d like to thank the Governor for making such an excellent appointment to this post and I’m looking forward to working alongside the new Commissioner to help our state’s largest industry continue to grow.”

May 6, 2014
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May 6, 2014
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RITCHIE TEAMS WITH OSWEGO COUNTY TO “FIGHT THE BITE” WITH FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS

Will Take Place May 17th and June 14th at all 5 County Transfer Stations

State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining with Oswego County to “Fight the Bite” and stop the spread of EEE with free tire disposal events taking place on May 17th and June 14th.  The events are being held in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The events will allow Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of eight tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived.  Farm tractor tires will also be accepted, but must be cut into four pieces.  Electronic waste, such as used TVs, computers and radios will also be accepted free of charge.

May 5, 2014
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TAKING UP THE FIGHT AGAINST HEROIN ABUSE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

May 5, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored more than two dozen “Women of Distinction” from Central and Northern New York—including advocates, activists, teachers and change-makers—at a special ceremony Thursday at Watertown’s historic Flower Memorial Library.  

“I’m always humbled by the actions and accomplishments of the women I recognize though the Women of Distinction program, and this year was no different” said Senator Ritchie.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE CEREMONY

***TO READ MORE ABOUT THE 2014 HONOREES, CLICK HERE***

“This group truly gives new meaning to what it means to be a woman in today’s society—they’re bright, determined, selfless and most importantly, working to make a difference in the communities we live in.”

May 2, 2014
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STATE BUDGET INCLUDES NEW FUNDING TO HELP OSWEGO COUNTY, CNY FIGHT EEE

Three-Year Total of 'Fight the Bite' Funding Secured by Senator Ritchie Reaches $700,000

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the new State Budget includes $275,000 to help Oswego County and Central New York "Fight the Bite" and prevent the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis, the mosquito-borne illness commonly known as EEE

Over three years, Senator Ritchie has secured a total of $700,000 in additional state budget funds for EEE prevention.

“Oswego County is a hotbed for EEE, and it’s so important that we remain vigilant in our work to protect ourselves from disease-spreading mosquitoes and prevent any future tragedies,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to have been able to secure this funding, which will go a long way towards raising awareness of this deadly virus and increasing prevention efforts.”

May 1, 2014
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RITCHIE WELCOMES WEST POINT CADETS TO CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point to the Capitol Wednesday as part of the annual “West Point Day.”  Two cadets from Jefferson County were included in the group; Nicholas Tyler of Adams, and Brandon Lloyd of Watertown.

“I’m truly humbled not only to represent Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, but also, these two young cadets from Jefferson County who are proving their dedication to their country at West Point,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 1, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HONOR MORE THAN TWO DOZEN “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Event to Take Place Thursday at Watertown’s Flower Memorial Library

State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor more than two dozen women who have made a difference, including teachers, activists, advocates and other change-makers, through the New York State Senate’s Women of Distinction program. 

All honorees will be recognized at a special event taking place Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Watertown’s historic Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library. 

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

April 30, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO FIGHT RABIES

First North Country Case of 2014 Reported

In light of the first rabies case for 2014 being confirmed last week in St. Lawrence County, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $25,000 in State Budget funding to help fight the disease in the North Country. 

April 28, 2014
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SAFETY FIRST MAKES FOR A PERFECT PROM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

As the school year winds down, students are gearing up for what is often thought to be one of the highlights of high school—prom.  While prom can be a great time, it’s so important that students know that in order to have fun, they need to make safety a priority.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with students from Central Square High School before they headed out for the big night. While things have definitely changed since I was in their shoes, one thing has remained the same, and that’s the pressures students face on prom night that put their health and safety at risk. 

April 28, 2014
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RITCHIE ATTENDS BRIER HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL BULLHEAD FEED

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited with the Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department at its 77th annual bullhead dinner on Friday.  Begun in 1937 as a community fundraiser, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) has honored the event as a living example of what was once a mainstay in rural communities across the state.

April 26, 2014
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