Patty Ritchie's Press releases

SENATOR RITCHIE HAILS DECISION TO REINSTATE EYE TESTS

Ending requirement would have made NY highways less safe

State Senator Patty Ritchie is praising the Cuomo administration for its reported decision to overturn a DMV rule change that would have ended routine eye tests for New York drivers.

“New York has made tremendous gains in improving highway safety—and saving lives—by focusing on such problems as drunk and distracted driving, but those gains were put at risk by this plan to essentially let motorists play eye doctor and self-certify that their vision was good enough to be on the road,” said Senator Ritchie.

September 30, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMES AG LEADERS ADVISORY PANEL

12 Leaders to Offer Views to Senate Ag Chair

State Senator Patty Ritchie has named a dozen leaders in the agribusiness field from across Central and Northern New York to her newly formed Agricultural Advisory Council.

September 30, 2011
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RITCHIE: KEEP EYE TESTS FOR DRIVERS

Says DMV Plan Will Reverse Gains in Road Safety

State Senator Patty Ritchie is today calling on the state DMV to abandon its plan to abolish vision tests for drivers, saying the move creates an unnecessary risk for motorists and will undo recent gains in road safety.

September 27, 2011
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FLOOD VICTIMS THANK NORTHERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK

State Senator Patty Ritchie released an email she received from a flood relief coordinator in the Schoharie Valley thanking residents of Northern and Central New York for their generous response to her call for donations for victims of Hurricane Irene.

In her message, relief coordinator Debi Christman said agencies had nearly run out of food and personal items that are so desperately needed by victims of the flooding that wiped out towns, farms and homes.

"You van could not have arrived at a more needed time," Christman wrote. "We're thrilled with the awesome donations contained in that van and assure you that your efforts will greatly benefit the flood victims."

September 22, 2011
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OVER 60 EXHIBITORS ON BOARD FOR JOB FAIR--ARE YOU?

REGISTER NOW AND SEE LIST OF PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS

The Job Fair and Career Expo hosted by North Country State Sens. Patty Ritchie and Joseph A. Griffo has picked up another 10 employers, bringing the total to more than 60 businesses, health care agencies and exhibitors signed up for the first time event.

September 22, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE: AGRIBUSINESS CAN REVITALIZE UPSTATE

 

Agricultural Businesses Offer Ideas To Ritchie’s Senate Ag Panel    

Upstate agriculture industry leaders, including onion growers, wineries and dairy farmers, told  New York State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie that upstate can grow jobs if the state reduces the regulatory burden on farm families.

September 20, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE SENDS HURRICANE RELIEF SUPPLIES TO SCHOHARIE VALLEY

Thanks Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties for Donations

September 20, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE'S AG FORUM IN WATERTOWN TUESDAY

Agricultural Business Forum To Set Senate Ag Committee's Agenda

New York State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie says her Agricultural Business Forum in Watertown on Tuesday will help her committee set the agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

“If we really want to revitalize New York’s economy, it’s absolutely critical that we harness our family farm businesses which make up so much of the upstate economy,” Senator Ritchie said. “Too often too many forget that our family farms produce what our manufacturers need.”

September 19, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE NAMED TO SENATE TASK FORCE TO CUT WASTE

Senate Task Force On Government Efficiency To Investigate Bureaucracy

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that she was named to a bipartisan legislative panel investigating waste and inefficiency in New York State government.

Senator Ritchie’s appointment to the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency was made official by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

“Making government operate more efficiently means lower costs for overburdened state taxpayers, a better economic climate for our state, and an invitation for businesses to create new jobs,” Senator Ritchie said.

Since taking office in January, Senator Ritchie has been focused on cutting the cost of state government, including:

September 19, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES OSWEGO SENIOR HEALTH EXPO

** UPDATED LIST OF EXHIBITORS AND SERVICES BELOW **

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will be hosting a Senior Health and Wellness Expo in Fulton, at the War Memorial, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

The event is free, and will feature over 50 exhibitors on health and wellness, health catre, senior nutrition and fitness, and other services.

There will also be free flu shot, health screenings and refreshments.

Over 1500 seniors attended a similiar event in September in Watertown. That was a new record for attendance at such an event.

You can view a video report on that event here.

September 15, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE’S SENIOR HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO OFFERS 51 EXHIBITORS

Sept. 14 At Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds In Watertown

State Senator Patty Ritchie and the Jefferson County Office for the Aging have lined up more than 51 exhibitors to her 2011 Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street in Watertown.

September 13, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMES MANDATE RELIEF WORKING GROUP

 Panel To Identify Costly Regulations On Local Governments, Schools

State Senator Patty Ritchie has created a Mandate Relief Working Group to identify state regulations that are ineffective, overly burdensome and costly to local taxpayers.

September 13, 2011
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NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NY’ers RESPOND TO FLOOD VICTIMS

Senator Collecting Food and Personal Items to Send Downstate 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is thanking Central and Northern New Yorkers who have responded to her appeal for relief items for victims of severe flooding downstate.

September 9, 2011
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IN CLAYTON, RITCHIE DISCUSSES FRINK SITE REDEVELOPMENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with Clayton Mayor Norma Zimmer and Clayton Town Supervisor Justin Taylor to discuss several ongoing projects in the Clayton area including the redevelopment of the Frink site.

September 8, 2011
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RITCHIE LEGISLATION: A PRESIDENT FOR EVERY SUNY COLLEGE

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Protect Canton, Other Ag Schools from ‘Shared Leader’ Plan

September 7, 2011
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SENATE AG CHAIR RITCHIE TOURS IRENE-DAMAGED FARMS

Devastation is ‘numbing,’ says Ag Committee Chair

September 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: BIOMASS COULD FUEL 140,000 UPSTATE JOBS

Attends hearing on proposals to grow energy jobs

September 6, 2011
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