For the third year in a row, New York Farm Bureau has named State Senator Patty Ritchie to its “Circle of Friends,” a recognition given to legislators who are strong supporters of the agricultural industry in New York State. “New York Farm Bureau is the voice of family farms across the Empire State. Being named one of their ‘Circle of Friends’ is a great honor for me,” said Senator Ritchie. “I grew up on a farm. I know how important agriculture is to New York State’s economy. That’s why I have worked closely with Farm Bureau and farmers across Central and Northern New York to make Albany aware of what we need to do keep farms and agribusinesses growing.”
To many people, fall is more than just a change in the weather. It’s everything from apple picking and fresh cider to homemade pumpkin pie and taking a drive to see the change in colors. Here in Upstate New York, we’re lucky to have an abundance of fall flavors and activities right in our backyard.
This year, there’s no shortage of fall fun—and food—to be had. A highlight this fall is one of the best apple crops in recent years. Following last year’s warm spring and early frost that led to less than ideal conditions for apple growers, this year’s orchards are full of fruit that is crisp, flavorful and ready for picking.
New York State is home to more than 650 apple orchards—in fact, the Central and Northern New York regions boast more than a dozen places where you can pick your own. For a full list of apple growers who sell directly to the public, click here. There, you’ll find not only a listing of orchards in our area, but also information on apple varieties, recipes, a history of New York State apples and so much more.
State Senator Patty Ritchie will offer area seniors tips for living healthy, active lifestyles at her annual Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place at the Fulton War Memorial on October 9th.
The free event—which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.—will feature more than 50 organizations.
“Not only are seniors living longer, they’re living healthier too,” said Senator Ritchie.
“Offering health screenings, opportunities to talk with health professionals, giveaways and so much more, this event is a great resource for seniors in our area who are looking to improve their well-being and stay active.”
Those interested in preregistering can do so here.
Earlier this month, more than 1,000 people attended Senator Ritchie’s Jefferson County Senior Health and Wellness Fair. In addition to her Jefferson and Oswego County events, Senator Ritchie will also host a Senior Health and Wellness Fair in St. Lawrence County on October 23rd.
Legislation To Spotlight Lisbon, Black Lake And Winthrop Wineries
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced plans to introduce legislation in January to establish a St. Lawrence County Wine Trail to help put local winemakers and vineyards on the map, boost local businesses and create jobs in the North Country.
“St. Lawrence County can now proudly say that it has three outstanding local wine producers in Lisbon, Black Lake and Winthrop,” said Senator Ritchie. “Unfortunately, a lot of people have yet to discover River Myst, Bella Brooke and High Peaks wineries. My legislation will literally put these three local businesses on the map. Just as importantly, it will create a new county-wide tourist destination that will provide new business and employment opportunities for neighboring restaurants, stores and attractions.”
Nearly 170 pets were vaccinated through a free rabies clinic hosted Thursday evening in Louisville by State Senator Patty Ritchie; bringing the total number of animals vaccinated so far through her no-cost clinics to more than 230.
Thursday’s clinic was the second of six clinics being held in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties made possible through a special state grantsecured by Senator Ritchie. Senator Ritchie secured the funding in response to an increase of wildlife rabies cases. So far this year, St. Lawrence County has confirmed 23 cases of rabies and Jefferson County has confirmed five cases.
State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Parish Public Library recently to tour the library and meet with staff and volunteers.
Parish Public Library was the recipient of $3,000 in special funding secured by Senator Ritchie. This award is part of $161,000 in special funding the Senator was able to secure in addition to a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries across New York State.
A strong supporter of libraries, Senator Ritchie is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited students who are part of Oswego County's "New Vision" program to speak with them about her role in the New York State Senate and answer their questions.
The New Vision programs are immersion based programs, developed through a partnersheep between Oswego county BOCES and SUNY Oswego's School of Education, that are designed for college-bound seniors who have an interest in law and government health care or education fields.
$960,000 Project Includes Removing Abandoned Railroad Bridge, Maintaining Snowmobile Trail
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has obtained $960,000 in funding for a key project that will create jobs in Oswego County and support the region’s outdoor recreation industry.
The project is slated to include the removal of an abandoned New York Central Railroad bridge on Rt. 13 and maintenance of the snowmobile trail in the town of Williamstown.
“Putting people back to work by investing in our roads and transportation system is critical to our long term economic development efforts to revive Central New York’s economy,” said Senator Ritchie. “By moving these long-delayed projects onto the fast track our region can improve safety and help improve our important transportation corridors.”
“A recent economic study by researchers at SUNY Potsdam showed the snowmobiling industry contributes about $700 million to our state’s economy,” Senator Ritchie said. “By maintaining our extensive trail system we keep Oswego County as a world class tourism destination that means jobs and economic growth to our stores, restaurants and hotels.”
More than 5 dozen pets were protected from the deadly rabies virus through a free clinic hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie Thursday in Heuvelton.
The clinic, which was the first of 6 being hosted in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, was made possible through a special grant secured by Senator Ritchie. So far this year, St. Lawrence County has had 23 confirmed cases of rabies and Jefferson County has had five confirmed cases.
Second of 10 Events Aimed at Eliminating 1,000 Regulations Hurting Businesses Statewide
Agriculture leaders from across New York State shared their thoughts on how to cut red tape and expand their industry at a forum hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie and her Senate colleagues Thursday in Watertown.
The event—which also included Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione—was the second in a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform organized as part of the Senate Majority Coalition’s bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate at least 1,000 of the most costly government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up local taxes.
Nearly 200 job-seekers visited Ogdensburg’s Oddfellows Hall Wednesday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s annual St. Lawrence County Job Fair.
The event included nearly 60 employers offering opportunities for networking, resume-writing tips, job searching tools and more to people looking for work or seeking a career change.
“Along with creating jobs, events like this that help put people back to work are a critical component when it comes to revitalizing our economy in Upstate New York,” said Senator Ritchie.
“This Job Fair is truly a one stop shop for people who are looking for employment here in the North Country and I’m confident that through today’s event, people will have made the connections they need to reenter the workforce and utilize their talents in ways that benefit our region.”
Agriculture leaders from throughout New York State will share insights on regulations and mandates affecting their industry at a public forum being held Thursday in Watertown.
The event is one of a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform, being held in a bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate costly government regulations.
Those in attendance will share their opinions with Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione.
6 Free Clinics to be Held in Jefferson, St. Lawrence Counties
In an effort to prevent the spread of rabies, State Senator Patty Ritchie will host free rabies vaccination clinics in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.
The clinics—which are made possible through a special grant secured by Senator Ritchie—will take place throughout the months of September and October. So far this year, St. Lawrence County has had 23 confirmed cases of rabies and Jefferson County has had five confirmed cases.
“With State health officials having found dozens of cases of wildlife rabies in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties in the past two years, there’s even more of a reason to protect our pets from this fatal disease” said Senator Ritchie
“For many people, pets are part of the family and I encourage all pet owners to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to safeguard their animals and stop the spread of rabies.”
More than 100 concerned citizens packed Ogdensburg’s City Council chambers Tuesday to oppose Albany’s plan to shift inpatient mental health care services from the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to other facilities hundreds of miles from the North Country.
They were participating in a joint public hearing by the State Senate’s Mental Health and Health Committees, and the Assembly Mental Health Committee.
Senator Patty Ritchie joined Senate Mental Health Committee Chair David Carlucci and other legislative colleagues at the hearing. Senator Ritchie has been a strong supporter of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, serving as a member of the local Psych Center Task Force, and leading an online petition drive that amassed 2,200 signatures of supporters, and a separate postcard campaign that delivered more than 5,000 “Don’t Shut the Lights Out on the North Country” messages to Albany officials in support of the Psych Center.
The following are remarks delivered by Senator Ritchie at the opening of today’s legislative hearing in Ogdensburg: