Patty Ritchie's Press releases

HISTORIC AGREEMENT TO IMPROVE VISIBILITY OF HORSE-DRAWN BUGGIES

Nearly Doubles Reflective Markings on Buggies to Help Avoid Crashes

July 22, 2015
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PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM THE PESTS OF SUMMER

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

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. 

July 20, 2015
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MORE PLAY FOR THE ‘PANTHERS’: $50,000 FROM RITCHIE WILL IMPROVE BELLEVILLE HENDERSON PLAYGROUND

Funding Will Improve Safety and Encourage Kids to be More Active 

July 17, 2015
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $50,000 TO HELP BUILD NEW BANDSTAND IN WADDINGTON

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.”

July 17, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON 315 AREA CODE

I am disappointed to hear the news that the Public Service Commission decided to recommend an “overlay,” which would require people to dial 10 digits to make a call—even to other 315 numbers. 

From business owners to family members concerned about how their elderly relatives would adjust, throughout the past month, I heard from hundreds of constituents who didn’t want the change. 

July 16, 2015
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MAKING SUMMER MEMORIES AT NEW YORK STATE PARKS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 13, 2015
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BRIER HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE $50,000 IN FUNDING FROM SENATOR RITCHIE

Department Will Use Funds to Purchase Generator for Emergency Situations

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced she has secured $50,000 in funding to help the Brier Hill Fire Department operate more effectively and better protect residents.

Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will assist the department with the purchase of a new, state of the art generator to be used in emergency situations. 

July 10, 2015
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 TO COMBAT DRUGS IN OSWEGO COUNTY

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.

July 10, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON FORT DRUM ANNOUNCEMENT

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.

July 9, 2015
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 TO IMPROVE PLAYGROUND AT HISTORIC THOMPSON PARK

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.

July 8, 2015
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO PROTECT FORT DRUM, STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

Investments Highlight Strong Army-North Country Partnership

July 7, 2015
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RITCHIE TO ANNOUNCE NEW ROUND OF STATE FUNDING TO HELP PROTECT FUTURE OF FORT DRUM

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.

July 6, 2015
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EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES, TRAIL BY TRAIL

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 6, 2015
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RITCHIE: FREE TOOL TO HELP FIGHT MOSQUITOES NOW AVAILABLE

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. 

June 30, 2015
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CULTIVATING CAREER CONNECTIONS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

When you’re looking for a job or trying to make a career change, connections matter.  In fact, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking. 

June 26, 2015
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STATEMENT ON THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

From enacting our fifth on-time budget to investing in schools, strengthening the future of agriculture, protecting and creating jobs, and delivering on the promise of relief for hardworking taxpayers, the 2015 legislative session put the needs of everyday, middle class New Yorkers first. Budget and Taxes

June 25, 2015
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RITCHIE CALLS FOR REOPENING OF SELKIRK SHORES SWIMMING BEACH

Senator Cites Need for Improving Services at Park, Drawing More Visitors to CNY Region 

As summer begins, State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on New York State to reopen the swimming beach at Oswego County’s Selkirk Shores State Park.

Due to budget cuts in 2010—before Senator Ritchie took office—the park’s swimming beach was closed, forcing visitors to travel 10 miles to Sandy Island, with no pedestrian trail linking the two parks. 

 “While Selkirk Shores boasts everything from hiking trails and camping sites to opportunities for fishing and boating, one of the things it no longer offers is a swimming beach,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 24, 2015
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MORE THAN 400 ATTEND RITCHIE’S OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR

Annual Event Featured Nearly 50 Employers 

More than 400 job seekers packed the Fulton Community Ice Arena Tuesday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 2015 Oswego County Job Fair. 

The annual event featured nearly 50 employers, many of which were looking to hire immediately.

“While creating jobs is a big part of boosting our economy, matching people seeking work with employers who are looking for talented individuals to join their team is a big part of the equation too,” said Senator Ritchie. 

June 23, 2015
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FARM FRESH FOODS FOR SENIORS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

June 22, 2015
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HOLD THE LINE! SENATOR RITCHIE CALLS CONSTITUENTS TO SPEAK OUT ON LATEST PLAN TO SPLIT 315 AREA CODE

State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling out to residents of Central and Northern New York to be heard on the latest effort by state regulators to create a new area code for parts of the region now covered by 315. Senator Ritchie has created an online survey and comment form on her website to measure her constituents’ support for various plans that have been floated by the state Public Service Commission, which says the region could run out of available phone numbers in 2017.

June 19, 2015
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