Patty Ritchie's Press releases

MAKE IT A MAPLE WEEKEND

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

Feeling like you need a cure for cabin fever?  On March 21st-22nd and 28th-29th,  more than 160 maple producers across New York State will open their sugar houses for “Maple Weekend.” Maple Weekends are chock full of events—everything from tours, pancake breakfasts, free samples and more—aimed at showing people just how maple syrup and maple products make their way from “tree to table.”

As Maple Weekend demonstrates, maple is more than just a tasty part of many of our favorite foods—it’s a major sector of our state’s agricultural economy.  When it comes to maple syrup production, New York is second only to Vermont. In 2014, 2.2 million taps across the state produced 546,000 gallons of syrup, which accounted for 17 percent of the total syrup produced in the entire United States. 

March 16, 2015
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RITCHIE TO HOST “FORT DRUM DAY” AT CAPITOL TUESDAY

Kicks Off Week of Events to Highlight NNY Post Ahead of Army Cuts

March 13, 2015
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RITCHIE URGES BUDGET FUNDING TO HELP SOLDIERS WITH PTSD

Senate Budget Restores Cuts to Programs that Help Returning Fort Drum Troops

March 12, 2015
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STUDENTS FIRST: SENATE BUDGET ADDS $1.9 BILLION FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Plan Eliminates the Aid-Cutting GEA Gimmick, Helps More Families Pay for College

Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate’s proposed budget plan would hike aid to schools by $1.9 billion, and completely eliminate the aid-cutting GEA, or Gap Elimination Adjustment, that’s been squeezing local schools to balance the state budget, when the funds should be going into classrooms. The Senate’s increase is $800 million more than that proposed by the Governor.

March 11, 2015
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RITCHIE: SENATE BUDGET INCLUDES RECORD FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURE

Restores Cuts, Includes Full Support for Senator’s ‘Grown in NY’ Plan

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the Senate’s 2015-16 Budget Plan includes record funding for agriculture programs, including full support for her landmark “Grown in New York” plan that links consumers and local farms and preserves the future of family farming in the state.

The Senate’s budget plan (S.4203) increases support for agriculture by more than $20 million above the Governor’s proposal. Included is additional funding for programs that have proven critical to the success of farmers in Central and Northern New York, including restoration of funding cuts to the well-regarded Farm Viability Institute and the Northern New York Agriculture Development Program, as well as for research and promotion of key farm products, from apples to dairy, maple syrup to onions.

The restorations and new funding are more than five times the amount included in the Assembly’s agriculture plan (A.6003), which only restored about half of the cuts in the Executive Budget.

March 11, 2015
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CALLING ALL AMAZING WOMEN

The month of March marks National Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the tremendous contributions of women from the past who have made indelible marks on today’s society.  While it’s so important to celebrate the accomplishments of women from the past, a big part of National Women’s History Month is learning more about the women of today who are following in their footsteps and going above and beyond to make a difference. 

March 9, 2015
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RITCHIE NAMED TO SENATE LEADERSHIP POST

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been named Deputy Majority Leader for Senate and Assembly Relations. The new leadership post gives Senator Ritchie added responsibilities and puts her in an even stronger position to advocate on behalf of her constituents in Central and Northern New York. “In the four years I’ve served in the Senate, I’ve been able to work closely with members of both political parties, in both the Senate and Assembly, and I’m proud of the friendships and relationships I’ve established to help win passage of important legislation and new laws that

March 5, 2015
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RITCHIE: ‘GROWN IN NEW YORK' PLAN WILL STRENGTHEN AGRICULTURE

Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled their new “Grown in New York” multi-part plan to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

March 4, 2015
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INDIAN RIVER STATE CHAMPS HONORED AT CAPITOL

Members of the Indian River Warriors football team traveled to the State Capitol Monday, where they were honored for their capture of the New York State Class A Championship.   

In recognition of their historic 63-38 win over defending state champions the Queensbury Spartans, the Warriors were honored in the Senate Chamber with an official Legislative Resolution.

“The Indian River Warriors are proof that dedication and diligence pay off,” said Senator Ritchie. “Their accomplishments are the result of countless hours of hard work both on and off the field, and it’s my honor to recognize them for their achievements here at the Capitol.”

Fighting back from a 19-point deficit in last November’s championship game, the Warriors’ win is especially significant, as it was the team’s first trip to the state championship and also marked the first time a North Country team won a state title on the gridiron. 

March 3, 2015
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TAKING TO THE TRAILS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

March 2, 2015
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RITCHIE: DO YOU KNOW A “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION?”

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Special Senate Program 

***CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program; a special initiative aimed at honoring women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding leaders from the present.

“From doctors and teachers to people who volunteer countless hours in the name of bettering their community, over the past several years I’ve had the honor of recognizing dozens of women from across our region who are going above and beyond to make a difference,” said Senator Ritchie. “This year, I’m truly looking forward to honoring a new group of local women through this special program.”

February 27, 2015
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DO YOU LOVE YOUR LIBRARY?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 20, 2015
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RITCHIE NAMED TO SENATE TASK FORCE ON LYME AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES

Group Will Work to Improve Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Lyme and Other Deadly Diseases 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been named to the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, a group which aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other related illnesses. 

“In recent years, the region I represent has seen a sharp spike in the number of cases of Lyme disease,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I’ve heard from a number of constituents that something more needs to be done to fight back against this potentially deadly disease and I’m pleased to have a role on the Task Force, which will allow me to be involved as we work to better protect the health of people in our local communities and across the state.”

February 18, 2015
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KIDS, NOT CUTS!

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

It’s often said that opportunity is the key to success.  That’s why it’s so critically important that we provide young people across our state with every chance to pursue their dreams.  Doing that starts in the classroom.

February 13, 2015
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LOVE YOUR LIBRARY: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL LIBRARY, LIBRARIAN

New Awards From Senator Ritchie Aim to Recognize Area Libraries, Librarians 

In advance of Valentine’s Day, State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting the public to "love their library,” by casting their votes for two new awards aimed at recognizing area librarians and libraries for the invaluable service they provide to communities across Central and Northern New York. 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW!

“In the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit dozens of libraries throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties and at each, I’ve been so impressed with not only the resources and entertainment offerings, but also with the dedicated librarians who go above and beyond to meet the educational and cultural needs of our communities,” said Senator Ritchie.

“As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries and someone who enjoys visiting my local library, I know what an invaluable resource they provide. I’m thrilled to announce these new awards, which will help our libraries and librarians receive the recognition they deserve.”

February 13, 2015
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RITCHIE: SUPPORT KIDS, NOT CUTS

Senator Joins Colleagues to Call for End of

“Gap Elimination Adjustment” Budget Gimmick 

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined fellow lawmakers today at the Capitol to call for an end to the “Gap Elimination Adjustment,” a budget gimmick that has continued to hurt schools and students since its implementation in 2010.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO END THE GEA

“Since the GEA went into effect—five years ago, before I took office—it has cost schools across our state upwards of $8 billion dollars.  That’s literally thousands of dollars per student that could have been put towards providing them with new opportunities to further their education,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Today, I’m proud to stand with my fellow lawmakers to call for putting an end to the GEA once and for all. We owe it to our state’s hardworking teachers and their students to fight back against the GEA and give them the resources they need to be successful in the classroom.”

February 10, 2015
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FIGHTING FOR WHAT MATTERS TO YOU

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 9, 2015
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RITCHIE: JOIN ME IN STANDING UP FOR OUR SCHOOLS

Invites Public to Sign Petition to Support Teachers and Students by Ending the GEA

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting people to stand up for teachers and students by signing her petition in support of repealing the Gap Elimination Adjustment;  a budget gimmick commonly known as the “GEA,” which has cost schools across New York State upwards of $8 billion since its implementation.

“Although we’ve worked hard to increase education aid in recent years, the GEA is continuing to put a strain on our schools; making it harder for them to provide teachers with the resources they need to be effective and robbing students from the opportunities they deserve,” said Senator Ritchie.

“We owe it to our dedicated educators and to New York’s next generation of leaders to put their needs first and end the GEA once and for all. I’m hopeful that people across our region will join me in standing up for our schools by signing this petition and demonstrating their support for repealing the GEA.”

Those interested in signing the petition can do so here.  Individuals without access to a computer can call her Watertown office at (315) 782-3418 to show their support for the GEA’s repeal.

February 6, 2015
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 FOR CITY OF FULTON RECREATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS

Funding to Assist with Construction of New Playground, Kayak Launch on Lake Neatahwanta 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the City of Fulton improve recreational opportunities at the city’s Recreation Park. 

A portion of the capital funding will go towards the construction of a new playground with the remainder funding a kayak launch on Lake Neatahwanta. 

“Whether they are for families or individuals, quality outdoor recreational opportunities are key to any strong community,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will give children a safe place to play and also build upon efforts to revitalize Lake Neatahwanta.”

February 4, 2015
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PLANTING SEEDS TO GROW OUR AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

February 2, 2015
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