Patty Ritchie's Press releases

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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RITCHIE GRANT TO HELP GENERAL BROWN RECOVER FROM BUS GARAGE FIRE

Key Club Members, Superintendent, School Officials on Hand for Announcement

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced Monday that she has secured a special $200,000 state grant to help General Brown Central School District recover from last April’s bus garage fire.  The funds can be used to purchase new buses and complete repairs to the garage. 

December 12, 2012
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OSWEGO COUNTY STUDENTS JOIN CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORKERS TO HELP HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS

Items Collected Through Sen. Ritchie’s Donation Drive

 Fill Van Bound for Hard-Hit Long Island

Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in Phoenix helped to fill a van Monday morning with items collected for victims of Hurricane Sandy; adding to the donations made throughout the past month by Central and Northern New Yorkers taking part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s drive to help those affected by the storm.

Lisa Balles’ Pre-K class filled more than 25 boxes with canned food, toiletries, blankets and other necessities to be delivered to people on Long Island who are still recovering from October’s devastating storm.

December 10, 2012
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PFC JOSEPH DWYER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Veteran Outreach Made Possible Through Grant Secured by Senator Ritchie

Returning veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat related illnesses can now get care through a new peer-support program located in Jefferson County. 

The PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans—located at 247 State Street in Watertown—was made possible in part through a grant secured by State Senator Patty Ritchie. 

December 7, 2012
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CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW YORKERS SEND MORE THAN 2,200 HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO TROOPS

Senator Ritchie Partners with Radio Host, American Red Cross for ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’

Central and Northern New Yorkers have donated more than 2,200 holiday cards to State Senator Patty Ritchie’s offices for distribution to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations around the world through the American Red Cross program “Holiday Mail for Heroes.” 

Earlier this holiday season, Senator Ritchie partnered with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to enlist the public’s support for  the initiative.   

December 4, 2012
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NEW PARTNERSHIP TO BRING JOBS TO ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Merger of Canton and Michigan Based Firms Will Create New Opportunities

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently celebrated the merger of two engineering firms which will create a number of new jobs and opportunities in St. Lawrence County.

Burley-Guminiak & Associates, Consulting Engineers, P.L.L.C. of Canton will now operate under the Michigan-based firm C2AE and become “Capital Consultants Architecture and Engineering.” Officials say the merger will allow both to expand and enhance their services. 

December 3, 2012
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LISBON STUDENTS GET CRAFTY WITH CARDS FOR ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’ PROGRAM

Nearly 1,000 Holiday Greetings Collected

Throughout Central, Northern New York So Far

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Lisbon Central School Wednesday to collect handmade holiday cards from students in Jane Brown-Flack’s second grade class who took part in the American Red Cross’ ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ program. 

Senator Ritchie is partnering with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to urge the public to support ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes,’ which helps to deliver tens of thousands of holiday greetings every year to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations. 

So far, nearly 1,000 holiday greetings have been donated from as far away as Missouri, as well as schools and veterans posts in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

November 28, 2012
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