Patty Ritchie's Press releases

SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST LOCAL FOOD IN STATE FACILITIES

Plan Would Support Local Farmers, Improve Nutrition in Prisons, Hospitals

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie that seeks to boost the amount of locally produced food sold to state prisons, hospitals and other facilities.

FIND LOCAL FOOD AT AREA FARMERS MARKETS

The measure (S.4061) would give agencies easy access to farm fresh products by directing officials to create a list of competitively priced food products that are available for institutional sale.

June 12, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL WOULD MAKE ELECTRONIC MONITOR TAMPERING A CRIME

Legislation Sparked by Case of David Renz, Accused Killer Said to Have Defeated Device 46 Times

State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced legislation to make it a crime to tamper with electronic monitoring devices, like the ankle bracelet that was supposed to be helping law enforcement keep an eye on accused killer-child rapist David Renz.

The bill (S.5422-A), which is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, a Buffalo-area Democrat and cosponsored in the Senate by Senator John DeFrancisco and Senator David Valesky,  would make it a felony—adding up to four years of additional prison time—for an offender who tampers with a device and commits another violent crime, and up to one year in jail if no other crime is involved.

Right now, tampering with a device can be a violation of parole or pre-sentencing release, but it is not a separate crime.

June 12, 2013
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“DON’T SHUT THE LIGHTS OUT ON THE NORTH COUNTRY”

Ritchie Launches Postcard Campaign in Support of the St. Lawrence Psych Center 

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force Friday to launch a postcard campaign to demonstrate support for the facility as state officials continue to deliberate the future of mental health care in New York State.

Postcards, which read “Don’t Shut the Lights Out on the North Country,” have been printed and given to community leaders, union leaders and county officials for distribution.  In addition, cards are also available at Senator Ritchie’s Ogdensburg office, located at 330 Ford Street and can be printed here. All postcards will be mailed to Governor Cuomo and Kristin Woodlock, Acting Commissioner New York State Office of Mental Health.

June 7, 2013
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MORE THAN 250 JOB SEEKERS ATTEND RITCHIE’S OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR

 

Attendees Connect With Nearly 40 Employers Looking to Hire

 

More than 250 job seekers packed the Fulton War Memorial Thursday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 3rd annual Oswego County Job Fair.

 

Those in attendance were able to connect with nearly 40 local employers—many of which are looking to hire—and access tips on everything from interview techniques to how to improve your online job search. 

June 6, 2013
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RITCHIE HONORS MORE THAN 40 CNY, NNY EDUCATORS WITH “TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE” AWARD

Teachers Receive Special Funding for Classroom Enrichment

More than 40 educators from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties were each awarded $500 in special funding for classroom enrichment at Senator Patty Ritchie’s “Teachers of Excellence” program, held Thursday in Watertown.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE EVENT PROGRAM

The funding—which represents a $22,000 addition to the increase in state education funding local schools received this year—will be used by educators for technology, supplies and other improvements in the classroom. 

June 6, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HONOR MORE THAN 40 CNY, NNY EDUCATORS AT “ TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE” EVENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor more than 40 teachers from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties at a special event to be held Thursday in Watertown.

Honorees were nominated for Senator Ritchie’s “Teachers of Excellence” program for their dedication and commitment to education by colleagues, former students, friends and family members.

June 4, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR THURSDAY

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS AND TO REGISTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding job seekers in Central New York that she will host her 3rd annual Oswego County Job Fair on Thursday.

The event—which will feature nearly 40 employers looking to hire—will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial, located at 609 West Broadway in Fulton. 

June 4, 2013
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FARMERS MARKETS IN FULL SWING ACROSS NY STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 Many people think of Memorial Day as the “unofficial” start to summer.  But, for me, there’s something else that signals the start of the season: the opening of farmers markets across Central and Northern New York. 

From fresh corn and crisp apples, to delicious pies and salt potatoes the farmers markets that dot our region are not only an opportunity to eat tasty, local, nutritious food they’re a great way to support New York State’s hardworking farmers too.

June 4, 2013
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RITCHIE JOINS EXPERTS, COLLEAGUES TO EXAMINE STATE OF NEW YORK’S RURAL HOSPITALS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined colleagues, health professionals and rural health experts from across New York State for a Rural Hospitals Roundtable, taking place at the Capitol on Monday. 

The group, which included members of the bipartisan Rural Resources Commission and Members of the Senate Health Committee, explored ways to strengthen rural hospitals and preserve access to quality healthcare in underserved communities.

June 3, 2013
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RITCHIE, STATE OFFICIALS JOIN TO BOOST MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

Drivers are Urged to ‘Share the Road’ as Biker Numbers Soar

State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining with the New York State Thruway to urge drivers to use greater caution and “Share the Road” with a growing number of motorcycle riders who are appearing on area roadways as the summer riding season gets in full gear.

Beginning this weekend, the Thruway will use its electronic Variable Message Signs (VMS) to increase driver awareness. Senator Ritchie had asked for the state Thruway Authority’s help in the wake of a series of horrific motorcycle crashes that claimed the lives of a number of local bikers.

From June 1 to June 8, the Thruway will flash the messages, “Watch for Motorcycles” and “Share the Road” on signs boards across their system, from Buffalo to the New York City line—and also including Central New York. The signs could be seen by an estimated 750,000 motorists who use the highway each day.

May 31, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL ALLOWING REGISTRATION OF UTVs PASSES SENATE

Bipartisan Bill Will Boost Tourism, Keep More UTV Riders in NYS

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Patty Ritchie that closes a legal loophole to allow people to use increasingly popular Utility Task Vehicles—commonly known as UTVs— has passed the State Senate. 

The bill, S.1946, increases the acceptable weight limits on ATVs from 1,000 to 1,500 pounds, allowing New Yorkers to register UTVs and generating more state revenue through registrations, as many riders are traveling outside of New York State to register these increasingly popular vehicles.

May 30, 2013
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $160,000 IN SPECIAL BUDGET AID TO GENERAL BROWN

Senator Looks to Help Schools Facing Cuts After Budget Defeat

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has secured a special $160,000 state grant to help the General Brown School District, which is facing a new round of budget cuts following voters’ rejection of the district’s budget proposal.

The funding, from a special state fund controlled by the Senate, is specifically earmarked for the purchase of two replacements for school buses that were destroyed in a massive fire last year, giving the district more flexibility in its spending plan to meet other needs.

May 30, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST FREE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT JUNE 1ST

Fulton Event to Benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County

The public is invited to drop-off old electronics—and help United Way of Greater Oswego County—at  State Senator Patty Ritchie’s free electronics recycling event on Saturday June 1st.

May 29, 2013
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SYNTHETIC LEGISLATION CLOSES LEGAL LOOPHOLES

Bill Would Penalize Dealers, Users of Synthetics

to Prevent Further Addiction, Deaths

State Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Assemblyman Bob Oakes have announced the introduction of comprehensive legislation addressing synthetic drugs in New York State. 

At a recent press conference announcing the legislation was Teresa Woolson and her family, who are advocating for strengthening laws regarding synthetic drug use.  Woolson’s son, Victor, lost his battle with drugs in 2012 and died from injuries related to synthetic drug use.  He died after federal legislation and the New York State Department of Health ban was put in place.

May 29, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR JUNE 6th

Will Feature Dozens of Employers and Agencies Ready to Hire

State Senator Patty Ritchie will host her 3rd annual Oswego County Job Fair on Thursday June 6th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial, located at 609 West Broadway in Fulton. 

CLICK HERE NOW TO REGISTER FOR THE JOB FAIR

Dozens of employers—many of which are hiring now—will be on hand at the free event.  In addition to meeting with employers, attendees will also be able to access information on interviewing skills, tips on how to start your own business and much more.

 

May 28, 2013
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Memorial Day 2013

I would like to thank everyone for coming out today to join me in honoring our fallen veterans and thanking the veterans and their families who are here to celebrate Memorial Day. It’s a privilege for me to be here with so many men and women who have served their nation. You are truly our nation’s heroes. Your sacrifices—and your service—have truly made our country a better place. From the beaches of France, to the jungles of the South Pacific and Vietnam… From the frigid winters of Korea to the hot sands of the Middle East…

May 24, 2013
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FORT DRUM’S COL. TERRENCE ROCHE NAMED TO SENATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Col. Terrence Roche, the ex-Garrison Commander who oversaw the dramatic growth of Fort Drum from a small training facility into a premier Army post—and the region’s largest local employer—was inducted into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” at a special ceremony held Tuesday at the Capitol.

Col. Roche was selected from among 29 nominees from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties as Senator Patty Ritchie’s inductee. To read more about Col. Roche and this year's other inductees, click here.

May 21, 2013
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10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION AND FORT DRUM DAY CELEBRATED AT THE CAPITOL

 

2nd Annual Event Hosted by Senator Patty Ritchie

Members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division were honored Monday at “10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day,” an event held at the State Capitol, hosted by Senator Patty Ritchie.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF FORT DRUM DAY EVENT

The second annual event celebrated the commanders and soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division for their ongoing role in our nation’s defense, as well as the post itself for the key role it plays in the region’s economy.

May 20, 2013
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