State Senator Patty Ritchie recently joined community members at the Children’s Home of Jefferson County’s SoZo Teen Center, to celebrate the donation of 16 computers to the center by UnitedHealthcare.
State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County staff and board members as well as local community members recently to cut the ribbon on the organization’s new shelter.
Serving the community since 1979, the Victims Assistance Center assists and provides direct services to victims of violence and crime in Jefferson County.
Kelly, McCoy To Be Honored At Health & Wellness Fair
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced Charles W. Kelly, former newspaperman and leader of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force, and June McCoy, former president of the Ogdensburg Senior Citizens, as her St. Lawrence County “Senior of the Year” awardees.
The honorees will be recognized at a special ceremony during State Senator Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place at the Ogdensburg Odd Fellows Hall on Wednesday, October 23rd.
“Chuck Kelly has never really retired. He just finds new ways to fight for the people of Northern New York,” Senator Ritchie said. “He led the campaign to protect the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility and now he is leading the battle to save the Psychiatric Center.”
Places Two Percent Cap on Annual Agricultural Land Assessment Increases
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that her bill to help provide New York State Farmers with relief from rising property taxes has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Under Senate Bill 1952, a two percent cap would be placed on annual agricultural land assessment increases.
“It goes without saying that farming is a land intensive business, with one of the main costs for farmers being taxes on the land they utilize,” said Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie.
“By enacting this two percent cap, we are providing our hardworking farmers—whether they’re just starting out or continuing a generations-old family tradition—with the relief they need to continue to grow not only their businesses, but also New York’s biggest industry as a whole.”
Nearly 500 Pets Protected So Far Through Free Events
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding pet owners that she will host a no-cost rabies vaccination clinic in Evans Mills on Wednesday.
The free event—which is being hosted in conjunction with Jefferson County Public Health Service—will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Town of Le Ray Highway Barn, located at 8433 Willow St. in Evans Mills.
The event is the fifth of six clinics Ritchie is hosting in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. So far, nearly 500 pets have been protected from the deadly rabies disease through the free events—all made possible through a special state budget grant secured by Senator Ritchie.
“State health officials have found at least two dozen cases of rabies in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties in the past two years, which means our pets are at an increased risk of contracting this fatal disease,” said Senator Ritchie.
Joining Forces with Assessors to Remind More than 20,000 CNY, NNY Homeowners They Still Need to Re-Register for Property Tax Savings
State Senator Patty Ritchie and local assessors are joining forces to help homeowners meet a requirement to re-register for the “Basic STAR” property tax savings program—and find information about other property tax discounts for which they also may qualify.
State Senator Patty Ritchie will offer area seniors tips for living healthy, active lifestyles at her annual St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place on Wednesday October 23rd at the Ogdensburg Oddfellows Hall.
The free event—which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.—will feature dozens of local organizations, offering health screenings, giveaways, and flu shots as well as lunch and entertainment, both sponsored by Senator Ritchie. Those looking to receive a flu shot are reminded to bring their Medicare and insurance ID to the event.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended Jefferson Rehabilitation Center’s Annual Membership Dinner Meeting, speaking to attendees about the importance of the organization and recognizing JRC for its role in the community.
Founded in 1954, JRC has provided programs and services to countless developmentally disabled children and adults in the Jefferson County area and currently serves more than 1,000 individuals and their families annually. In addition, JRC is also a major employer in the North Country, with more than 650 staff members.
State Senator Patty Ritchie presented two State Park Police Officers with the New York State Liberty Award Tuesday for their role in rescuing a man from the St. Lawrence River last summer.
In June, New York State Park Police Officers John Friot and Dustin Lottie rescued Thomas Clark—a 70-year-old boater—after he was overcome by carbon monoxide fumes while piloting a 28-foot cabin cruiser.
“Thanks to the quick thinking, bravery and teamwork of these two officers, Thomas Clark is alive and well today,” said Senator Ritchie.
“I am very proud to present the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, to these two heroes and thank them for their dedication as well as their service to our community.”
Effort Builds Upon 3 St. Lawrence County Clinics Where 300 Pets Received Vaccinations
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding pet owners that she will host three no-cost rabies clinics throughout the month of October in Jefferson County.
The free clinics—which are being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Public Health Department—are being made possible through a special grant secured by Senator Ritchie.
In total, more than 300 pets were recently vaccinated through three no-cost clinics Senator Ritchie hosted in St. Lawrence County. So far this year, St. Lawrence County has confirmed 23 cases of rabies and Jefferson County has confirmed five cases.
More than 300 people packed the Fulton War Memorial Wednesday to take part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair.
Seniors in attendance had the opportunity access free tips and tools for living a healthy and active lifestyle from more than 50 local organizations in attendance. A free lunch, made possible by Pathfinder Bank, Hudsons' Dairy, Ontario Orchards, Behling Orchards, Dunkin’ Donuts and prepared by BOCES students was also provided. Transportation was sponsored by Entergy.
“I’m thrilled that so many seniors were able to attend Wednesday’s event, which featured everything from free flu shots to giveaways,” said Senator Ritchie. “This event is truly a one stop shop for any senior who is looking to access more information about improving their well-being.”
Invites Public to “Send a Touch of Home” to Overseas Troops
State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she is once again joining with local radio personality Melody Burns to collect donated Christmas cards to be sent to US soldiers serving overseas through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross.
“Last year, Northern and Central New Yorkers donated 2,200 holiday cards to distribute to our service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations,” Senator Ritchie said. “These cards let them know that we truly appreciate their service and their sacrifice.”
“During the holidays, it’s very important that we remember our nation’s heroes who sacrifice so much to protect our nation and our liberties,” said Burns, who hosts a daily radio show on Talk 1300 AM WGDJ in Albany. “I have been promoting this Holiday Mail for Heroes program on my radio show in Albany. Two years ago I collected 1,000 cards. Last year, we collected 6,000. I am very pleased to again partner with Senator Ritchie to reach families across Northern and Central New York.”