Patty Ritchie's Press releases

RITCHIE ANNOUNCES COL. (RET.) TERRENCE ROCHE AS 2013 NY STATE SENATE VETERAN HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Roche and 28 Other CNY, NNY Vets to be

Honored at Fort Drum Ceremony Friday

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing Col. (Ret.) Terrence Roche as her 2013 inductee to the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame.”

Roche is a 26 year military veteran who commanded at every level from platoon to Garrison at posts from Buffalo to Paris and Korea with wartime service in Vietnam. 

May 9, 2013
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS GOV’S EFFORTS TO DRAW CANADIAN TOURISTS TO NY

Suggestion by Senator Ritchie Included in Governor’s

New Plan to Boost Tourism

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a number of new initiatives aimed at drawing Canadian tourists to New York State and boosting cross-border commerce.

The efforts were unveiled Wednesday at the Capitol during the Governor’s first-ever New York State Tourism Summit.  As a roundtable participant at the event,  Senator Ritchie spoke about opportunities for expanding and better showcasing tourism in Central and Northern New York.

Specifically, Senator Ritchie —who is a member of the Senate's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee—spoke about identifying ways to target Canadian consumers, and suggested improving signage to highlight destinations in Central and Northern New York. 

May 8, 2013
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SENATOR RITCHIE UNVEILS WEBSITE, ONLINE PETITION TO SUPPORT ST. LAWRENCE PSYCH CENTER

Urges Public to ‘Speak Out’ and Share Views on Center that Employs 500 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining with community leaders to announce creation of a new website and online petition to support St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, which is facing possible state cutbacks.

May 7, 2013
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CAST YOUR VOTE: GET YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY “ON THE BOOKS” AS A REGIONAL FAVORITE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Click here to cast your vote for the top libraries in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties

“What in the world would we do without our libraries?” This question, posed by Hollywood legend—and library lover—Katherine Hepburn, is one I often ask myself.  From books and videos to community events and computer access, today’s libraries offer so much in the way of entertainment and education.

Here in Central and Northern New York, we’re fortunate to have one of the largest concentrations of public libraries in the state.  Of the 7,000 public libraries in New York State, more than 50 are right here in our backyard.

May 7, 2013
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RITCHIE TO ALBANY: LET US BE HEARD ON ST. LAWRENCE PSYCH'S FUTURE

Senator Objects to 2-hour “Listening” Limit; Urges Community Turnout

May 6, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH LOCAL LEADERS ON ST. LAWRENCE PSYCHIATRIC CENTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with community leaders and union representatives about their plans to advocate on behalf of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center at the New York State Office of Mental Health Listening Tour on May 15th  at the facility’s Unity Center.

The group is urging supporters of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to register to attend the public meeting that will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m on May 15th.  Those wishing to sign up to speak may do so here.

May 3, 2013
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NEARLY 200 CENTRAL SQUARE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR PARTICIPATION IN RITCHIE’S “THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION”

State Senator Patty Ritchie recognized nearly 200 Central Square Middle School students recently for their participation in the New York State Senate’s “Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.”

In Senator Ritchie’s district more than 350 students—more than any other senate district—took part in the statewide program and shared their poems, essays and artwork based on what they are thankful for. 

May 3, 2013
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RITCHIE HELPS ST. JOHN BOSCO PRESCHOOL CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF LEARNING

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Watertown's St. John Bosco Preschool recently, and presented lead teacher Terry Ranger with a proclamation in honor of its 30th anniversary.

Mrs. Ranger has been with St. John Bosco's--which is part of the Immaculate Heart Central School System--since its formation.

May 2, 2013
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YELLOW RIBBONS: DOWNLOAD AND SHARE TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FORT DRUM

Here in Central and Northern New York, we see yellow ribbons everywhere we go—on trees, bumper stickers, in businesses and prominently displayed outside homes. For a very long time, yellow ribbons have stood as a symbol of support and remembrance of the brave men and women who serve.

To help show support for Fort Drum, it’s soldiers and their families, I am making special Fort Drum yellow ribbons available for download here as well as in my offices. You can also call my office at (315) 782-3418 to request copies.

April 30, 2013
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STATEMENT ON JOHN B. JOHNSON JR.

John B. Johnson Jr. has played an instrumental role in telling the North Country’s story.

His love of journalism—as well as his belief in the future of our region — has been evident in his work.  If you wanted to know how Mr. Johnson felt, all you needed to do is pick up a copy of the Watertown Daily Times.

April 26, 2013
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GIVE THE GIFT OF READING!

Senator Ritchie Joins with United Way of Oswego County, Literacy Coalition of Oswego County to Collect Books for Children

State Senator Patty Ritchie is currently collecting books for a children’s book drive, sponsored by the United Way of Oswego County and the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County.

April 26, 2013
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RITCHIE DELIVERS NEARLY 120 FORT DRUM STORIES TO ARMY

Comments Collected Online to Show Support for Soldiers and Jobs

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A "SUPPORT FORT DRUM" WINDOW POSTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie appeared at a listening session on Fort Drum’s future and delivered nearly 120 statements of support for Fort Drum to Major General Stephen Townsend Thursday at a “Community Listening Session” held at Case Middle School in Watertown.

The listening session is one of 29 being held across the country, organized to capture community input for the Army’s top leaders to consider as part of the reduction and reorganization of its force structure.  Officials say Fort Drum could lose as many as 8,000 soldiers, or gain as many as 3,000.

CLICK HERE TO READ COMMUNITY COMMENTS ON FORT DRUM'S FUTURE

April 25, 2013
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REMINDER: YOUR CHANCE TO BE A HERO IS THIS WEEKEND

Local Fire Departments to Open their Doors April 27th and 28th for “RecruitNY”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding the public that fire departments across Central and Northern New York will open their doors this weekend for “RecruitNY,” an annual event organized by the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York, or FASNY, to bring in new recruits. 

April 24, 2013
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RITCHIE: TELL ME YOUR FORT DRUM STORY

Comments Collected Online in Advance of MG Townsend’s

“Community Listening Session”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the public to share what Fort Drum means to the North Country via a special online form, available here

The comments are being collected in advance of a  “Community Listening Session” hosted by Major General Stephen Townsend on April 25th at 5:00 p.m. at Case Middle School in Watertown.

April 22, 2013
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RITCHIE JOINS 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION COMMANDER TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

Volunteers Recognized for Nearly 185,000 Hours of Service

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined MG Stephen Townsend Thursday for Fort Drum’s annual Volunteer of the Year ceremony, where volunteers were honored for their 184,770 hours of service on the post last year. 

As the featured guest speaker, Senator Ritchie thanked the more than 50 volunteers being honored for their time and their service.

April 19, 2013
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REMINDER: VETERANS HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS DUE FRIDAY

Nominees to be Honored at Ft. Drum Event on May 10th

 State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding people in Central and Northern New York that nominations are due Friday for induction in the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame.” 

The Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who have served their country in the US Armed Forces and made significant contributions to their communities.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM

April 16, 2013
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PENCILS UP! HELP ME HONOR OUR EXCELLENT EDUCATORS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

It’s often said that to teach, is to touch a life forever.  Throughout our region, there are countless educators who are doing just that—impacting young lives and enabling students to succeed each and every day.

Many teachers go above and beyond to inspire those they educate.  I want to show my appreciation and support for these teachers and all others in the education field .To do so, I have created the “Teaching Excellence” award.

April 15, 2013
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RITCHIE HONORS 17 CNY, NNY “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Announces 48th Senate District “Woman of Distinction”

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 17 Central and Northern New York women at her 48th Senate District “Women of Distinction” ceremony, held in Watertown on Thursday. Those recognized were nominated by friends, family and community leaders in Oswego, St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A VIDEO OF THE 'WOMEN OF DISTINCTION' CEREMONY

The New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

April 12, 2013
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RITCHIE: STATE BUDGET INCLUDES WELCOME BOOST TO FARMERS

New Funding, Initiatives to Help NY’s Leading Industry Grow 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the new state budget restores cuts to key agriculture programs, while adding new funding and a new marketing initiative to help farmers grow.

Senator Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, once again led efforts to stop funding cuts to key programs aimed at boosting productivity and strengthening the bottom lines of 36,000 family farmers who are at the center of New York’s leading industry.

March 25, 2013
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