Patty Ritchie's Press releases

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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RITCHIE: CANAL CORP LAYS OUT PLANS FOR REBUILDING OF BREWERTON PIER

Construction Plans Detailed in New Sign Adjacent to Pier 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the New York State Canal Corporation has laid out its plans for the reconstruction of Brewerton Pier; a plan that once completed, will help to increase tourism, grow jobs and create new recreational opportunities in the central New York area. 

Reconstruction of the pier—which was deemed unsafe for use by the state and closed following its collapse into the Oneida River in 2009—has been in the planning stage for several years.  Now, as a result of the advocacy of Senator Ritchie and other local leaders, plans are being put into motion for its rebuilding.  This week, at the request of Senator Ritchie, a sign detailing the reconstruction timeline was installed in the Town of Hastings. 

“In the years since the Brewerton Pier has been closed, the central New York region has missed out on recreational opportunities and the tourism dollars that come along with them,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“Once the pier is made usable again, central New York will see the benefits of improved recreational opportunities, increased tourism and new jobs.  I would like to thank the Canal Corporation for turning its focus to the rebuilding of the pier, as well as the local leaders and community members who advocated for its reconstruction.”

October 9, 2014
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THIS MONTH, CHOOSE TO BE KIND

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Did you know that every day, 160,000 teens reportedly skip school because they are bullied? In addition, a recent survey indicated that 18 percent of New York high school students had been bullied on school property and 16 percent had experienced cyberbullying in the past year. 

October 9, 2014
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TAKING STRIDES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Senator Ritchie's Weekly Column

This month, our nation “goes pink” in honor of those who are fighting breast cancer and those who have lost their lives to the disease as well as to raise awareness among women about steps that can be taken to stay healthy.

October 2, 2014
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MORE THAN 1,000 TAKE PART IN RITCHIE’S “SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR”

More than 1,000 packed the Bruce Wright Memorial Conference Center in Watertown Wednesday to take part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair. 

The event—which was hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Office for the Aging—offered free health checks, tips and tools to help seniors improve their well-being from nearly 80 local businesses and organizations.  It also featured lunch prepared by “chefs-in-training” from  Oswego County CiTi and entertainment from “The Country Stompers.”

“This is an event that people look forward to each and every year and I couldn’t be more pleased that so many seniors were able to join me today; accessing information that can help them to stay healthy and live their lives to the fullest potential,” said Senator Ritchie.

October 1, 2014
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RESIDENTS DISPOSE OF MORE THAN 30 TONS OF TIRES AT RITCHIE EVENT

Nearly 300 residents disposed of 30 tons of tires at a free disposal event hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department.

October 1, 2014
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REMINDER: RITCHIE’S JEFFERSON COUNTY “SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR” TO TAKE PLACE WEDNESDAY

Event to Feature New Location, More Organizations Than Ever Before

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Northern New Yorkers that her annual Jefferson County Senior Health and Wellness Fair will take place on Wednesday.

This year’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair will be bigger and better than ever before, featuring more than 60 businesses and organizations as well as a brand new location, the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, located at 1291 Faichney Drive in Watertown. 

The event—which is being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Office for the Aging—will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and offer free health screenings, wellness tips and more.  Entertainment and lunch—prepared by “chefs in training” from Oswego County Citi will also be provided.  Flu shots will be available and those interested in receiving a shot are reminded to bring their insurance information. 

September 29, 2014
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September 29, 2014
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RITCHIE HELPS OPEN NEW ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY FIRE TRAINING FACILITY

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined firefighters, community members and local leaders recently for the grand opening of the new St. Lawrence County Fire Training Facility.

The new, state-of-the-art structure was made possible in part by $100,000 in special state funding secured by Senator Ritchie and her colleagues Senators Joe Griffo and Betty Little.

September 25, 2014
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“HATS OFF” TO THE CHEFS-IN-TRAINING FROM OSWEGO COUNTY CITI

State Senator Patty Ritchie thanked culinary students from Oswego County CiTi recently for preparing lunches for guests at her Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

In addition to preparing lunches for the Oswego County event, students will also provide lunches at Senator Ritchie’s Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fairs which will be held on October 1st and October 15th. 

September 25, 2014
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MORE THAN 500 ACCESS FREE HEALTH CHECKS, TIPS AND TOOLS AT RITCHIE'S “SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR”

More than 500 seniors packed the Fulton Ice Arena Wednesday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s annual “Senior Health and Wellness Fair.”

September 25, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HOST FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Events Held in Conjunction With St. Lawrence County Highway Department

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she will host two free waste tire disposal events in St. Lawrence County on Saturday, September 27th. 

The events—which are being held in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department—are aimed at cleaning up St. Lawrence County, preventing the spread of illnesses by eliminating tires that breed disease carrying insects and protecting the environment.

“My free waste tire disposal events provide a great opportunity to help clean up our community, prevent the spread of disease and keep St. Lawrence County beautiful,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“I’d like to thank the St. Lawrence County Highway Department, especially it’s Superintendent, Donald Chambers for their help in hosting these very important events which will give residents the opportunity to get rid of waste tires without the typical $15 fee.”

September 23, 2014
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TAKING A BITE OUT OF FALL IN UPSTATE NY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

September 23, 2014
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST “SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR” WEDNESDAY

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Central New Yorkers she will be hosting her annual “Senior Health and Wellness Fair” Wednesday in Oswego County from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at the Fulton Ice Arena, located at 605 West Broadway Street next to the Fulton War Memorial. 

The free event will feature health screenings, wellness tips, lunch prepared by “chefs in training” from Oswego County CiTi, entertainment and more.  Flu shots will be provided, and those interested in receiving a shot are reminded to bring their insurance information. Transportation to the event will be provided by Oswego County Opportunities and a bus schedule can be found here. 

September 22, 2014
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ONE MONTH AFTER KIDNAPPING OF AMISH GIRLS, RITCHIE RECOGNIZES COMMUNITY AT “THANK YOU” EVENT

Law Enforcement, Emergency Responders, Community Members, Media Honored

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One month after the kidnapping of two young Amish girls in St. Lawrence County, State Senator Patty Ritchie hosted a gathering Friday evening to celebrate the region’s community spirit and thank all those who helped return the girls safely to their family last month. 

“When tragedy struck, the members of our community stepped up to the plate to support the Miller family and their two young girls,” said Senator Ritchie. “There were law enforcement and emergency responders who put in long hours, ordinary citizens who aided in the search effort, community members who donated food and drink, members of the media who brought much-needed attention to the ordeal and put pressure on the kidnappers and so many more people who simply said a prayer for the safe return of the girls.”

“The generosity and willingness to help demonstrated by our community was truly inspiring—and makes me so proud to call this region “home.”  Tonight’s event was just a small way to say thank you to the hundreds of people who had a hand in the outpouring of support for the Miller family.”

September 20, 2014
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NEARLY 60 POUNDS OF PILLS DISPOSED OF AT RITCHIE “SHED THE MEDS” EVENT IN GOUVERNEUR

Initiative Helps North Country Residents Get Rid of 350 Pounds of Medications

North Country residents have disposed of 350 pounds of pills through Senator Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” program, an initiative aimed at helping people get rid of unwanted or expired prescription medications, including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin.

The program featured four events throughout Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, with the most recent taking place Tuesday evening at Gouverneur Hospital.  At the Gouverneur event, nearly 60 pounds of prescription medications were disposed of. 

“The response to my “Shed the Meds” events is a testament to the need people have to get rid of pills that sit unused or expired in their medicine cabinets, which can potentially end up in the wrong hands or pollute our water if disposed of improperly,” said Senator Ritchie.

September 17, 2014
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST “SHED THE MEDS” EVENT TUESDAY

More than 300 Pounds of Pills Disposed of So Far Through Initiative

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding those who have unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs in their homes to drop them off at her free “Shed the Meds” event Tuesday night.

The event—which is the fourth of a series to take place in Northern New York—will run from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Gouverneur Hospital, located at 77 West Barney Street.  So far, as a result of Senator Ritchie’s Shed the Meds program, more than 300 pounds of medications including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin—have been disposed of. 

September 15, 2014
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THIS MONTH, A MAJOR MILESTONE FOR FORT DRUM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

September 15, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO HELP FUND REBUILD OF CLAYTON’S “WOODEN CASTLE PLAYGROUND”

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to help the Village of Clayton offset the costs associated with a playground being rebuilt in the Village. 

“Situated on the beautiful St. Lawrence River, the Village of Clayton is a community loved by both tourists and local residents,” said Senator Ritchie.  “This funding not only will help the municipality manage costs associated with improving the park, it will also give residents and visitors a new and improved family-friendly way to spend their time.”

“From a new hotel to new restaurants, Clayton has seen a number of improvements recently,” said Village Mayor Norma Zimmer.  “Our park has been used by children and families for generations and we are extremely grateful for the funding provided by Senator Ritchie, which will help us cover the costs of revitalizing and improving this fantastic community resource.”

September 12, 2014
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AS DREDGING BEGINS, RITCHIE VISITS LAKE NEATAHWANTA

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Lake Neatahwanta recently week, as dredging began on the lake in an effort to restore it for use by the public again.

September 11, 2014
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