Patty Ritchie's Press releases

LONGTIME COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER LOUISE KELLOGG NAMED RITCHIE'S OSWEGO “SENIOR OF THE YEAR”

Louise Kellogg to be Honored at Wednesday’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair  

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing that she will honor longtime community volunteer Louise Kellogg with her Oswego County “Senior of the Year” award at the Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place at the Fulton War Memorial on Wednesday.

A volunteer since 1985, Louise has logged more than 4,000 volunteer hours.  She volunteers regularly at Meadowbrook Manor, the Hannibal Senior Nutrition site, the Hannibal American Legion as well as a number of other organizations. 

“Louise is a great example of what it means to truly be part of a community,” said Senator Ritchie.   “Her dedication to serving others is remarkable, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to honor her as my Oswego County “Senior of the Year” at Wednesday’s event.”

October 8, 2013
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FORT DRUM MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT ADDED TO TRAVELING “HOMETOWN HEROES” EXHIBIT

Capt. Swenson to Receive Medal of Honor at White House Ceremony on Oct. 15

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing that William Swenson, a former Army captain and Fort Drum soldier slated to receive the Medal of Honor next week, is now featured in her “Hometown Heroes” exhibit; a traveling tribute to recipients of the nation’s highest military honor now on display at museums, libraries and other locations throughout Central and Northern New York. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CAPT. SWENSON'S EXHIBIT PLAQUE

CLICK HERE FOR REST OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR HOMETOWN HEROES EXHIBIT

Capt. Swenson will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during combat in Afghanistan in 2009 on October 15th at a special ceremony being held at the White House.

“Representing our nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor is awarded to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their country, and next week, we will pause to thank Capt. Swenson for his courageous actions,” said Senator Ritchie. 

October 8, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY BUDGET

The newly unveiled St. Lawrence County budget represents a step in the right direction when it comes to getting the county’s finances back on track and providing real relief to hardworking taxpayers.  

By presenting a plan that will immediately reduce property taxes, St. Lawrence County lawmakers are helping to alleviate the burden placed on homeowners. 

Making this possible is the “home rule” legislation allowing St. Lawrence County to set its own sales tax rate.  As a lawmaker who has spent the past several years working to reduce taxes, I remain opposed to raising taxes in St. Lawrence County, and anywhere else in New York State. 

However, St. Lawrence County lawmakers have made a case that the home rule legislation is an important piece of the puzzle that will enable the county to rebuild its fund balance and save hardworking county taxpayers millions of dollars in unnecessary borrowing costs. 

October 7, 2013
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MORE THAN 100 PETS VACCINATED AT RITCHIE’S GOUVERNEUR RABIES CLINIC

Brings Total Vaccinated Through St. Lawrence County Clinics to More than 300

More than 100 pets were vaccinated at State Senator Patty Ritchie’s no-cost rabies clinic, which took place Thursday evening in Gouverneur.

In total, more than 300 pets have been vaccinated through three no-cost clinics Senator Ritchie hosted in St. Lawrence County.  The clinics—which were hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department—were made possible through a special grant secured by Senator Ritchie.

October 4, 2013
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FOR THIRD YEAR, RITCHIE IS NAMED 'FRIEND' OF N.Y. FARMERS

For the third year in a row, New York Farm Bureau has named State Senator Patty Ritchie to its “Circle of Friends,” a recognition given to legislators who are strong supporters of the agricultural industry in New York State.  “New York Farm Bureau is the voice of family farms across the Empire State. Being named one of their ‘Circle of Friends’ is a great honor for me,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I grew up on a farm. I know how important agriculture is to New York State’s economy. That’s why I have worked closely with Farm Bureau and farmers across Central and Northern New York to make Albany aware of what we need to do keep farms and agribusinesses growing.” 

October 2, 2013
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RITCHIE WANTS TO HEAR WWII 'VETERANS VOICES'

Stories of Local Veterans Can Become Part of State Archive

October 2, 2013
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AMPLE APPLES, PLENTIFUL PUMPKINS AND ALL THE FLAVORS OF FALL

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

To many people, fall is more than just a change in the weather.  It’s everything from apple picking and fresh cider to homemade pumpkin pie and taking a drive to see the change in colors.  Here in Upstate New York, we’re lucky to have an abundance of fall flavors and activities right in our backyard. 

This year, there’s no shortage of fall fun—and food—to be had.  A highlight this fall is one of the best apple crops in recent years.  Following last year’s warm spring and early frost that led to less than ideal conditions for apple growers, this year’s orchards are full of fruit that is crisp, flavorful and ready for picking.

New York State is home to more than 650 apple orchards—in fact, the Central and Northern New York regions boast more than a dozen places where you can pick your own.  For a full list of apple growers who sell directly to the public, click here.  There, you’ll find not only a listing of orchards in our area, but also information on apple varieties, recipes, a history of New York State apples and so much more.

October 1, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST OSWEGO COUNTY SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR OCTOBER 9TH

Event to Feature More than 50 Exhibitors

State Senator Patty Ritchie will offer area seniors tips for living healthy, active lifestyles at her annual Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place at the Fulton War Memorial on October 9th.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SEN. RITCHIE'S FREE SENIOR HEALTH FAIR

The free event—which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—will feature more than 50 organizations.

“Not only are seniors living longer, they’re living healthier too,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Offering health screenings, opportunities to talk with health professionals, giveaways and so much more, this event is a great resource for seniors in our area who are looking to improve their well-being and stay active.”

Those interested in preregistering can do so here.

Earlier this month, more than 1,000 people attended Senator Ritchie’s Jefferson County Senior Health and Wellness Fair. In addition to her Jefferson and Oswego County events, Senator Ritchie will also host a Senior Health and Wellness Fair in St. Lawrence County on October 23rd.

September 30, 2013
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RITCHIE UNVEILS PLANS FOR ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY WINE TRAIL

Legislation To Spotlight Lisbon, Black Lake And Winthrop Wineries

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced plans to introduce legislation in January to establish a St. Lawrence County Wine Trail to help put local winemakers and vineyards on the map, boost local businesses and create jobs in the North Country.

“St. Lawrence County can now proudly say that it has three outstanding local wine producers in Lisbon, Black Lake and Winthrop,” said Senator Ritchie. “Unfortunately, a lot of people have yet to discover River Myst, Bella Brooke and High Peaks wineries. My legislation will literally put these three local businesses on the map. Just as importantly, it will create a new county-wide tourist destination that will provide new business and employment opportunities for neighboring restaurants, stores and attractions.”

September 30, 2013
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OVER 230 PETS PROTECTED SO FAR THROUGH RITCHIE’S NO-COST RABIES CLINICS

Nearly 170 pets were vaccinated through a free rabies clinic hosted Thursday evening in Louisville by State Senator Patty Ritchie; bringing the total number of animals vaccinated so far through her no-cost clinics to more than 230.

Thursday’s clinic was the second of six clinics being held in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties made possible through a special state grantsecured by Senator Ritchie. Senator Ritchie secured the funding in response to an increase of wildlife rabies cases.  So far this year, St. Lawrence County has confirmed 23 cases of rabies and Jefferson County has confirmed five cases.

September 27, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST RABIES CLINIC THURSDAY

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding pet owners that she will host a no-cost rabies clinic on Thursday evening in Louisville.

The event—which is the second of 6 free clinics Ritchie is hosting in the North Country—will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lousiville Municipal Building, located on Route 37. 

“Rabies is a deadly disease, and it’s critical that pet owners take this very important step to protect their animals,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Last week more than five dozen pets were vaccinated at my Heuvelton clinic and I’m hoping that this event will be just as successful in helping to safeguard animals from rabies.”

***CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF NO-COST CLINICS IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY***

 ***CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF NO-COST CLINICS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY***

September 25, 2013
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RITCHIE VISITS FORT DRUM CENTRAL ISSUE FACILITY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fort Drum’s Central Issue Facility (CIF) Tuesday, to see firsthand the role the facility plays in providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.   

September 24, 2013
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RITCHIE TOURS REENERGY BLACK RIVER

State Senator Patty Ritchie toured ReEnergy Black River Tuesday, a former coal burning plant that was recently converted to a biomass facility.

Located on Fort Drum, ReEngery Black River produces approximately 422,000 net MWh of electricity each year, which is enough to supply the power needs of about 55,000 homes.  

September 24, 2013
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RITCHIE MAKES STOP AT PARISH PUBLIC LIBRARY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Parish Public Library recently to tour the library and meet with staff and volunteers.

Parish Public Library was the recipient of $3,000 in special funding secured by Senator Ritchie.  This award is part of $161,000 in special funding the Senator was able to secure in addition to a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries across New York State.

A strong supporter of libraries, Senator Ritchie is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State. 

September 24, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH OSWEGO COUNTY "NEW VISION" STUDENTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited students who are part of Oswego County's "New Vision" program to speak with them about her role in the New York State Senate and answer their questions.

The New Vision programs are immersion based programs, developed through a partnersheep between Oswego county BOCES and SUNY Oswego's School of Education, that are designed for college-bound seniors who have an interest in law and government health care or education fields.  

September 24, 2013
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES NEARLY $1,000,000 IN FUNDING TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, PROMOTE OUTDOOR RECREATION IN OSWEGO COUNTY

$960,000 Project Includes Removing Abandoned Railroad Bridge, Maintaining Snowmobile Trail

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has obtained $960,000 in funding for a key project that will create jobs in Oswego County and support the region’s outdoor recreation industry. 

The project is slated to include the removal of an abandoned New York Central Railroad bridge on Rt. 13 and maintenance of the snowmobile trail in the town of Williamstown.

“Putting people back to work by investing in our roads and transportation system is critical to our long term economic development efforts to revive Central New York’s economy,” said Senator Ritchie. “By moving these long-delayed projects onto the fast track our region can improve safety and help improve our important transportation corridors.”

“A recent economic study by researchers at SUNY Potsdam showed the snowmobiling industry contributes about $700 million to our state’s economy,” Senator Ritchie said. “By maintaining our extensive trail system we keep Oswego County as a world class tourism destination that means jobs and economic growth to our stores, restaurants and hotels.”

September 20, 2013
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MORE THAN 5 DOZEN PETS PROTECTED THROUGH RITCHIE RABIES CLINIC

More than 5 dozen pets were protected from the deadly rabies virus through a free clinic hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie Thursday in Heuvelton. 

The clinic, which was the first of 6 being hosted in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, was made possible through a special grant secured by Senator Ritchie.  So far this year, St. Lawrence County has had 23 confirmed cases of rabies and Jefferson County has had five confirmed cases.

September 20, 2013
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RITCHIE JOINS LOCAL FAMILY TO HONOR KOREAN WAR VETERANS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently honored Korean War veterans at the “Heroes Remembered Dinner,” an event hosted by Dr. Nak Shim and his family at Association Island in Henderson. 

At the event, Senator Ritchie recognized Dr. Shim with a proclamation, honoring him for his work to recognize veterans.

September 19, 2013
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RITCHIE HOSTS AG LEADERS AT REGULATORY REFORM FORUM

Second of 10 Events Aimed at Eliminating 1,000 Regulations Hurting Businesses Statewide

Agriculture leaders from across New York State shared their thoughts on how to cut red tape and expand their industry at a forum hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie and her Senate colleagues Thursday in Watertown. 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE HEARING (02 HRS, 40 MINS)

The event—which also included Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione—was the second in a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform organized as part of the Senate Majority Coalition’s bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate at least 1,000 of the most costly government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up local taxes. 

September 19, 2013
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