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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently took part in Mental Health Awareness Day in Albany recently, speaking to veterans advocates and urging continued funding of the Pfc. Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans.
Advocating for mental health services for veterans, Senator Patty Ritchie addressed the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) at the Association's annual legislative lobby day rally in Albany.
State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Red Schoolhouse Maple in the Oswego County Town of Palermo recently, celebrating "Maple Weekend."
"Maple Weekend" is a two-weekend event taking place at farms across New York State. "Maple Weekend" events include lessons on the art of maple sugaring, community breakfasts and opportunities to purchase fresh-made maple products directly from the source.
Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties Invited to Participate
State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations from veterans’ posts, family members and community leaders in Central and Northern New York for induction in the New York State Senate’s "Veterans Hall of Fame” program.
The online 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.
Agriculture Committee Chair Lists Schedule of Events to Celebrate ‘Sugaring Season’
State Senator Patty Ritchie attended a ceremonial tree-tapping, invited farmers to showcase their wares and tout the future of their industry, and announced a schedule of public events to mark the start of maple “sugaring season” in New York State.
Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, joined in a tree-tapping ceremony at the Kenny family’s Sweet Creations maple farm in Madrid on Saturday.
Discusses New “Grown in New York” Plan, Other Initiatives to Help Farmers
Members of State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Agricultural Advisory Council met today in Ogdensburg to discuss the accomplishments of the past year and new initiatives to help farmers, including the Senator’s new “Grown in NY” plan.
“Our farmers are the backbone of New York State’s economy, and it’s so important that we give them the tools they need to create jobs and expand their industry ” Senator Ritchie said.
“My advisory council has the firsthand knowledge and insight as to how we can help support agriculture. This group is—and will be crucial—to helping the Senate Agriculture Committee continue its commitment to helping our farmers.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie helped kick-off NYSSMA’s ‘Music in Our Schools Month’ in Albany this week, attending a performance by the All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble; made up of vocalist from across New York State, including Northern New York.
(Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with Watertown High Schoool Student Maria Bufalini, and her parents, Cindy and John)
State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed 4-H members from Central New York to the Capitol this week, to talk about the importance of agriculture education in schools.
During their visit, Senator Ritchie—who chairs the Senate Agricultural Committee—joined representatives for breakfast and listened to how the 4-H is working, according to their motto, “to make the best better.”