Patty Ritchie's Press releases

GUN OWNERS: PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY


A new state law allows gun owners to protect the privacy of your personal information--including your home address.

February 15, 2013
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RITCHIE MAKES EARLY VALENTINE’S DAY VISIT TO SAMARITAN KEEP HOME

State Senator Patty Ritchie made an early Valentine’s Day visit to Samaritan Keep Home’s Adult Day Care in Watertown on Wednesday. 

February 13, 2013
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RITCHIE REMINDS PROPERTY OWNERS STAR DEADLINE IS NEAR

New York State School Tax Relief Program Deadline is March 1st

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program—or STAR—is March 1, 2013.

STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two types of benefits, Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.

February 5, 2013
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RITCHIE, LIBRARY OFFICIALS MEET, DISCUSS WAYS TO SUPPORT PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN NNY

State Senator Patty Ritchie met this week with representatives of Northern New York libraries from Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

Senator Ritchie was recently reappointed to serve on the Senate Select Committee on Libraries; a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.

February 1, 2013
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RITCHIE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2013 “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Friends, Family Members and Co-workers Invited to Make Nominations Through April 5th

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s 2013 “Women of Distinction” program. 

The program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

January 31, 2013
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RITCHIE RENAMED TO SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES

Renews Commitment to Supporting Libraries, Expanding Opportunities for Taxpayers

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been renamed to the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.

January 29, 2013
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RITCHIE RENAMED CHAIR OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Also Lands Spots on Committees Key to Central and Northern New York Communities

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been renamed Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and was also named to serve on several committees with direct oversight of issues that are key to the regions she represents.

January 25, 2013
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GOVERNOR’S BUDGET INCLUDES WELCOME NEWS FOR FARMERS

Ritchie Applauds Governor’s Support for Upstate Agriculture

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment to New York State’s agriculture industry and Upstate farming as evidenced in the Executive Budget proposal outlined on Tuesday.

“Here in New York State our hardworking farmers are the backbone of our workforce and agriculture is the cornerstone of our economy,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am pleased that Governor Cuomo is recognizing the important—and critical—role  agriculture plays. His funding of agriculture in the Executive Budget proposal sends a message that this industry is a key part of our efforts to revitalize New York State’s economy.”

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RITCHIE ON 2013-2014 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL

CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT FARES IN THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET

In the past two years, we have begun to turn a corner in New York State, and certain components of Governor Cuomo’s State Budget proposal announced today—such as his pledge to rein in spending and not to implement any new taxes or fees—will help to continue this trend of fiscal responsibility.

Job creation is my top priority, and I was pleased to hear that there will be significant investments the creation of employment opportunities for New Yorkers looking to head back to work.  As announced today, the inclusion of $150 million for a third round of Regional Economic Development Council funding will build on the success of this program and help spur the economies in Central and Northern New York.

January 22, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH CHAIR OF BOARD OF REGENTS STATE AID COMMITTEE

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Dr. James Dawson, Chair of the Board of Regents State Aid Committee to discuss the challenges rural schools in Central and Northern New York are facing and make a commitment to work together in an effort to find a solution to ensure both quality educational experiences for students and relief for taxpayers.

January 18, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE

The horrific incidents in Newtown, CT, and Webster, NY, prompted shock and outrage across America. As a mother, and a grandmother, I experienced the same emotions and horror at these events, and other recent random acts of gun violence, as citizens all across this great state and nation.

January 15, 2013
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RITCHIE SWORN IN FOR SECOND STATE SENATE TERM

State Senator Patty Ritchie was sworn in for her second term in office, as lawmakers returned to Albany for the start of the legislative session.

Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with New York’s Chief Judge, Jonathan Lippman.

January 11, 2013
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RITCHIE’S "MARK’S LAW" GAINS SUPPORT

Additional Sponsors Sign-On to Measure to Protect First Responders,

Online Petition Grows to More Than 2,000 Signatures

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced additional support for “Mark’s Law," her measure designed to put the full weight of the law behind emergency first responders and ensure just punishment for those who harm these heroes.

As of Friday, seven lawmakers have signed on to co-sponsor her bill, S.2130..  In addition,  an online petition where the public can show their support for Mark’s Law has reached more than 2,000 signatures.

January 11, 2013
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS GOVERNOR’S CALL FOR ATTRACTING GOOD JOBS, CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH

Plans to Focus on Upstate Economic Development Included in State of the State Address

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for building on the progress of the past two years to create more jobs and continue economic growth, following Wednesday’s State of the State address in Albany.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S COMMENTS ON THE GOVERNOR'S 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

“In 2013, my focus is jobs, and I was thrilled to hear that Governor Cuomo is making that one of his priorities as well,” said Senator Ritchie.

“We have made some great strides recently when it comes to getting our state’s economy back on track, but there’s a lot more we can do.  I’m eager to get to work and continue to collaborate with the Governor and my fellow colleagues in an effort to put more New Yorkers back to work.”

January 9, 2013
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MORE THAN 350 YOUNG ARTISTS, WRITERS PARTICIPATE IN SENATOR RITCHIE’S “THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION”

Student Essays, Artwork and Poems Now Available for Viewing Online 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that more than 350 students—more than any other senate district—participated in the New York State Senate’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration; a program inviting students to share their  poems, essays and artwork based on what they are thankful for. 

December 21, 2012
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NYSCOPBA, WATERTOWN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY MAKE CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER FOR LOCAL KIDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently accepted a generous, $1,000 check for Toys for Tots in Jefferson County from representatives of NYSCOPBA and the Watertown Correctional Facility.

December 20, 2012
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS $184 MILLION IN REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS TO HELP CNY, NNY CREATE JOBS

CNY, NNY Regions Named “Top Performers”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding $184 million in funding awarded to Central and Northern New York to help create jobs and jump-start the economy through Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council program.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S COMMENTS ON THE NEW JOB AWARDS.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF JOB-CREATING GRANTS IN OUR REGION, CLICK HERE.

Both Central and Northern New York were named “Top Performers;” taking home prizes of $93.8 million for 73 projects and $90.2 million for 82 projects respectively.  To view a full list of projects, click here.

The awards were announced at a special ceremony, held Wednesday morning in Albany, attended by Senator Ritchie.

December 19, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE, FORT DRUM TROOPS MAKE HOLIDAY VISIT TO OSWEGO CHILD BATTLING CANCER

Julian Ross Made Honorary “Sergeant” by 10th Mountain Division Soldiers

State Senator Patty Ritchie, along with members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division, on Tuesday visited the home of Julian Ross, an Oswego County second grader who has been battling cancer for more than a year.

Utilizing her close ties with Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, Senator Ritchie arranged the visit after learning of seven year-old Julian’s fascination with all-things military.

December 18, 2012
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92 YEAR-OLD ARTIST MARIE INGALSBE CELEBRATES A LIFETIME OF ART WITH SENATOR RITCHIE


Award-Winning Artist one of Dozens Taking Part in

Ritchie’s Effort to Highlight Local Artists

 92 year-old artist Marie (“Ree”) Ingalsbe visited the Watertown office of State Senator Patty Ritchie recently, to show the Senator photos of her more than 100 original pieces of art.

Mrs. Ingalsbe is one of  more than a dozen from Central and Northern New York participating in “Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists,” an initiative to highlight local creative talent which launched last March. 

December 14, 2012
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