Patty Ritchie's Press releases

RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE TOWN OF NEW HAVEN

Funding Will Help Cover Cost of Paving Lot Surrounding Town Offices, Highway Department 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help improve infrastructure in the Town of New Haven. 

According to officials, capital funding secured by Senator Ritchie will be utilized to pave a currently unpaved parking lot that surrounds the Town Offices and the Town Highway Department.

“New Haven’s Town Offices and Town Highway Department are used on a daily basis by local residents and employees,” said Senator Ritchie. “By paving the parking lot surrounding these facilities, we can help make travel easier—especially during the winter months,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 14, 2015
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO ASSIST TOWN OF MACOMB WITH INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES

Funding to Allow for Installation of New Furnace, Insulation at Town Garage 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the town of Macomb cover costs associated with necessary upgrades at the town garage.

According to officials, capital funding secured by Senator Ritchie will be used to purchase a new furnace and to install insulation.

“The town of Macomb uses its garage on a daily basis for everything from meetings to community events,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will help to ensure it remains in top condition for those who utilize it each and every day.”

January 14, 2015
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RITCHIE: MORE THAN 3,000 HAVE TAKEN PART IN 2015 LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

January 21st Marks Deadline to Participate in Legislative Survey

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that more than 3,000 constituents in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties have weighed in on issues that matter to them by taking part in 2015 Legislative Survey. 

The survey, which is available here, covers topics such as education, government spending, college tuition, job creation, agriculture and more.  Those who still wish to participate have until January 21st to do so.

“Now that the 2015 Legislative Session is underway, it’s imperative that I hear from those I represent about the issues that matter to them,” said Senator Ritchie.

“The results gathered through my Legislative Survey will help to guide me as I work to represent the interests of the people of Central and Northern New York.  I’m hopeful that in the coming days, those who haven’t yet weighed in will take the time to do so.”

January 13, 2015
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RITCHIE PRAISES PASSAGE OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY MEASURES

Legislative Package Aims to End Discrimination, Combat Sexual Harassment and Stop Domestic Violence

State Senator Patty Ritchie today is praising passage of legislation that will provide females across New York State with new protections when it comes to discrimination, sexual harassment and domestic violence.

The historic measures passed Monday mark the first legislative act of 2015 and are the components of a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda, made up of bills that would stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work accommodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims. 

“In every corner of our state and across our nation, women are breaking glass ceilings and reaching new heights. However, we cannot turn a blind eye to the things that often hold them down—namely the discrimination, harassment and abuse that often happen in the workplace and in our society at large,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 12, 2015
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GIVE LIFE BY GIVING BLOOD

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

January 12, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS OGDENSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH LIBERTY AWARDS

State’s Highest Honor Presented in Recognition of Efforts During Amish Kidnapping

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently presented the New York State Senate Liberty Award to members of the Ogdensburg Police Department who assisted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies with the investigation of surrounding the abduction and recovery of two Amish girls in August. 

“Members of law enforcement put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Ritchie.  “When tragedy struck this past summer and two young Amish girls went missing, members of the Ogdensburg Police Department stepped up to the plate to assist with efforts to return them safely home.  Their bravery and willingness to come to the aid of their neighbors is to be commended and it is my pleasure to present them with the New York State Senate Liberty Award.”

In September, law enforcement who attend a special “Community Thank You” event, hosted by Senator Ritchie to recognize those who assisted with the search for the Amish girls, were also presented with the Liberty Award.  Those honored recently were unable to attend the event. 

January 9, 2015
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RITCHIE SWORN IN FOR THIRD TERM AS STATE SENATOR

As lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for the start of the 2015 Legislative Session, State Senator Patty Ritchie was sworn in for her third term in office Wednesday. 

January 7, 2015
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NEW SUPPORT FOR SOLDIERS IN 2015

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

January 5, 2015
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WEIGH IN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

December 29, 2014
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RITCHIE CALLS ON CNY, NNY RESIDENTS TO SHARE OPINIONS THROUGH LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

Questionnaire Available Now on Senator Ritchie’s Website

***CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE*** 

As lawmakers prepare to head back to the Capitol for the upcoming Legislative Session, State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting her constituents to weigh in on issues facing New York State through her 2015 Legislative Survey.

Available here, the survey asks individuals to voice their opinions on major topics including government spending, Common Core, agriculture, college tuition, job creation and others.

“As State Senator, it’s my top priority to make the voices of my constituents heard and to represent their views in Albany,” said State Senator Patty Ritchie.

“I’m eager to hear the opinions of the people in Central and Northern New York whom I represent on the major issues—everything from education to government spending—in an effort to make sure I’m accurately representing their interests when I head back to Albany.”

December 29, 2014
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RESOLVE TO STAY SAFE THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the 365 days to come.  Whether you’re heading out tojoin friends and family or hosting a gathering in your own home, it’s important that you plan ahead to stay safe as you ring in the New Year:

December 22, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH SUNY CANTON PRESIDENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently to discuss the president’s plans for the future of the college as well as issues affecting the SUNY system as a whole.

December 19, 2014
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RITCHIE THANKS UNITEDHEALTHCARE FOR SUPPORT OF NORTH COUNTRY FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined North Country Family Health Center staff and board members recently, as the organization thanked UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New York for $200,000 in grants aimed at making improvements at the facility.

December 19, 2014
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST EEE PREVENTION

Landmark New Law Latest in Effort to Combat the Disease That’s Claimed Lives in CNY;  Focuses Health Experts on Finding Vaccine

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the Governor has signed into law her bill to help speed the discovery of potentially life-saving vaccines for deadly diseases including Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the mosquito-borne virus that’s claimed five lives in Oswego County and Central New York.  The measure (S.2115), which passed both houses of the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, creates a new “21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction” within the state Department of Health.  Comprising experts in diseases, infection and public health, the group is tasked with identifying obstacles that may be preventing development of effective vaccines for EEE and other diseases, including West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, tuberculosis and more. 

December 18, 2014
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A SEASON FOR SAFETY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

December 15, 2014
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RITCHIE JOINS STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined state and local leaders for the Regional Economic Development Council Awards held Thursday in Albany.

December 12, 2014
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RITCHIE JOINS STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined state and local leaders for the Regional Economic Development Council Awards held Thursday in Albany. 

December 12, 2014
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS NEARLY $144 MILLION IN JOB-CREATING INVESTMENTS FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NY

Funding Awarded Through Regional Economic Development Council Awards

***CLICK HERE FOR FULL LIST OF PROJECTS IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NY***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding nearly $144 million in new,  job-creating Regional Economic Development Council (REDC)  investments awarded to projects across Central and Northern New York.

Awards were announced Thursday at a special event held at the Capitol. At the event, the North Country—which includes Jefferson and St. Lawrence County—was awarded $63.4 million.  The Central New York region, which includes Oswego County, was named a “Top Performer” and was awarded $80. 2 million through the annual economic growth competition.  The new investments bring the four-year total of REDC awards for the two regions to roughly $691.2 million.   

“Throughout the past four years, the Regional Economic Development Council awards have been a catalyst for tremendous growth in the regions I represent; giving key projects the support they need to get off the ground, create jobs and bolster their local economies,” said Senator Ritchie.

December 11, 2014
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THIS SEASON, SHOP LOCAL

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

When it comes to the holiday shopping season, the couple weeks before Christmas can feel like crunch time.  While online retailers and big box stores can offer seemingly endless options, it often times can be a struggle to find the perfect gift.  As you continue to check items off your list, I encourage you to shop local this holiday season. 

December 8, 2014
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RITCHIE NAMED TO NY FARM BUREAU “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS”

Receives Nod for Fourth Consecutive Year for Support of Agriculture Industry 

In recognition of her strong support for our state’s agriculture industry, State Senator Patty Ritchie was named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” for the fourth consecutive year. 

“As New York’s leading industry, agriculture is vitally important to the economic success of our state.  Not only that, but in many families, farming is a tradition, passed down from generation to generation,” said Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee.

“As someone who grew up on a farm and the representative of a region that is largely rural, I am thrilled to once again receive this special recognition.  As the 2015 Legislative Session approaches, I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Farm Bureau in an effort to further expand the industry and provide a boost to our hardworking farm families.”

As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee Senator Ritchie has led the charge to repeal costly mandates affecting farmers, restore budget cuts to programs utilized by those in the industry, launch new initiatives to protect the future of agriculture and cut red tape and to help ensure farming remains a viable profession in New York state. 

December 8, 2014
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