Working together, we made Albany put fairness over politics and pass Equal Pay for Women legislation that’s a giant leap forward in ensuring opportunity in the workplace.
Repeated studies have shown that, despite a 50-year-old federal law aimed at prohibiting paycheck discrimination, women continue to earn just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men doing the exact same job. That’s not—and for more than two years, I’ve been working to put teeth in New York’s law to stop that practice.
Now, the Assembly, which has been holding up the bill over politics, has finally passed it, sending the measure to the Governor who has promised to sign it. You can read the details of this landmark legislation, by clicking here.
$15 Fee to be Waived at St. Lawrence County Events Taking Place During “Earth Week”
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding St. Lawrence County residents that as part of Earth Week, she will be hosting two free waste tire drop-off events on Saturday, April 25th.
Being made possible with special funding secured by Senator Ritchie in the State Budget, the events—which are aimed at cleaning up the county, protecting the environment and stopping the spread of illnesses—are being hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department. In addition to this weekend’s events, Senator Ritchie will also host free tire drop-offs on May 9th.
“Across our region, many people are celebrating Earth Week by making an extra effort to tidy up their yards and get rid of waste and debris that pollutes our planet,” said Senator Ritchie.
$15 Drop-Off Fee to be Waived at Events in St. Lawrence County on April 25th and May 9th
State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging North Country residents to take the weekend to collect waste tires to be disposed of at her “Free Tire Drop-Off “ events taking place in St. Lawrence County on April 25th and May 9th.
The free events are being made possible with special funding Senator Ritchie secured in the State Budget, and are being hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department in an effort to clean up the county, protect the environment and reduce the spreading of illnesses by eliminating tires that can act as breeding ground for disease-carrying insects.
“Many people don’t realize that waste tires aren’t just unsightly—they’re a danger to public health,” said Senator Ritchie.
Fulton Named Tops Among Local Libraries; 55 Librarians Named Best
Fulton Public Library in Oswego County was selected as the favorite among 43 local libraries that gained votes—and 55 local librarians won rave reviews—in an online poll conducted by Senator Patty Ritchie to mark National Library Week, April 12- 18.
More than 200 votes were cast for the region’s best libraries and most outstanding librarians.
“Today, libraries are so much more than books, they are centers of our communities where people have endless opportunities to expand their horizons, learn and grow,” said Senator Ritchie.
Libraries Statewide to Receive $91.6 Million in Funding
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new state spending plan includes $91.6 million—which is a $5 million increase in aid over the Governor’s proposal— to help support libraries in their efforts to provide books, technology, educational resources, entertainment and more to people across the state.
In addition, the new State Budget also includes $14 million in library construction aid, which will allow libraries across the state to make upgrades to their facilities.
“The libraries that dot our region provide countless people with opportunities to expand their horizons and learn new things,” said Senator Ritchie.
Nearly $13 Million Allocated for Upgrades at Central and Northern New York Colleges
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new State Budget will include nearly $13 million to help local colleges improve the learning experience for students by making upgrades to their campuses.
Included in the spending plan is $6.65 million for SUNY Oswego, $1.95 million for SUNY Canton and $4.35 million for Jefferson Community College. $850,000 in funding allocated for Jefferson Community College will go towards renovating college’s Melvil Dewey Library Building.
RITCHIE: $3 MILLION IN STATE BUDGET TO SAFEGUARD BASES
Funding Added by Senate to Protect Fort Drum, Other Military Assets from Cuts
PTSD Funding for Troops and veterans Also Included in Final Plan
State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the new State Budget includes an additional $3 million to help safeguard military bases, including Fort Drum, from possible budget and troop cuts.
The funding is in addition to planned roadway improvements and creation of buffer zones to help make the North Country post more attractive to Washington’s military planners who are eyeing troop cutbacks linked to the budget sequester law.
“Fort Drum is an important economic engine for the North Country and key part of ensuring the Army’s readiness to protect our homeland and fight terrorism abroad,” Senator Ritchie said.
“Once again, New York is sending another signal of the community’s and our state’s commitment to Fort Drum and our nation’s military with this additional support for the post and its mission.”
Funding Will Help Complete Reconstruction of the “Opera House”
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new State Budget will include $100,000 in funding to help complete the restoration of Heuvelton’s historic Pickens Hall.
The funding—which is included in a portion of the budget aimed at preserving historic properties—will be used to complete the restoration of the third floor of Pickens Hall, commonly known as the “Opera House.” Historically, the space was used for music and cultural performances. Once restored, the third floor will again host musical performances, as well as meetings and other community events.
State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame,” an initiative created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.
“The brave men and women of our nation’s armed forces sacrifice lives of stability to put everything on the line in the name of protecting our freedom,” said Senator Ritchie.
“This special honor is just one small way we can thank our veterans for their sacrifices.
Once again, I am looking forward to honoring those who even after their time of service, have continued to work to give back and make a difference in their local communities.”
It's not too soon to think about vaccinating your pets against rabies.
Rabies is an incurable disease that is nearly always fatal. It's spread through contact with an infected mammal, such as a racoon, bat, fox or skunk. It's also been known to infect cattle and other livestock. That's why it's especially important to make sure your pets are properly vaccinated to help keep rabies out of your family's home.
Unfortunately, cases of wildlife rabies have been on the rise. From 2010 through 2013, there were 109 confirmed cases of wildlife rabies in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties, according to the state Health Department's Wadsworth laboratories. That's nearly 7 percent of the total number of wildlife rabies cases discovered statewide!