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.
“Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” Continues, Seeks New Participants
Three new local artists are being featured in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County offices as part of the Senator’s effort to highlight local creative talent.
“From the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario to the many historic buildings and landmarks that dot our region, Central and Northern New York are truly beautiful places,” said Senator Ritchie. “What many people don’t realize though, is that there are so many talented, local artists capturing that beauty and creating world-class, unique designs inspired by where we live.”
No State Sales Tax on Clothing Purchases of Up to $110
In advance of the holiday shopping season, State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding consumers of the state sales tax break on clothing purchases of up to $110.
The repeal of the sales tax—which happened last spring—is good news for holiday shoppers, who are expected to spend an average of $750 on holiday purchases this year. The sales tax break saves a typical family of four nearly $200 annually.
Just over a week ago, people across the country waited and watched for Superstorm Sandy to make landfall. Now, left in this storm’s path is devastation unlike anything we have ever seen before. Across our state, millions of New Yorkers are living without the necessities, trying to rebuild homes that were destroyed and businesses that now sit in shambles.
For the east coast, there’s a long road to recovery ahead. Here in the Empire State, it’s tradition to band together in times of crisis. Although we are hundreds of miles away from the disaster area, there are still ways we can pitch in and help our fellow New Yorkers get back on their feet.
If you’re looking to help, here are some of the best ways to do so:
Encourages Public to Have Emergency Contact Numbers on Hand
State Senator Patty Ritchie met with St. Lawrence County Emergency Service Director Joseph Gilbert and toured the emergency operations center in Canton Monday morning, as local officials prepared for Hurricane Sandy.
Ritchie Encourages Having Emergency Numbers on Hand in Advance of Hurricane Sandy
With Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall Monday night or early Tuesday, State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging people to print out the below emergency contact numbers to have on hand in the event of a power outage.
Governor Announces New Tourism Campaign, Regulatory Reforms
State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, state leaders and dozens of winemakers, craft brewers and small batch distillers at New York’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, held Wednesday in Albany.
State Senator Patty Ritchie is partnering with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to urge the public to support the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross.
From sitting down with seniors for coffee at Meadowview Apartments in Central Square, to talking with veterans at an annual ham dinner in Dexter, I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to the concerns of the older residents living in our region.
One of the biggest opportunities for chatting up seniors was at my Senior Health and Wellness Fairs, held recently in Central and Northern New York. The events, which attracted more than 2,000 seniors, were held in Jefferson, Oswego and for the very first time ever, in St. Lawrence County.