Patty Ritchie's Press releases

SENATOR RITCHIE PRAISES NOVELIS EXPANSION PLANS

Aluminum Company To Add 100 New Jobs

State Senator Patty Ritchie praised Novelis for the company’s decision to invest $200 million in its Oswego County operations to expand the company’s aluminum sheet production for the automotive industry which is expected to add 100 new jobs in Central New York.

“I want to thank Novelis for believing in the future of Oswego County and New York State,” Senator Ritchie said. “Last month, I sponsored my Career Expo that featured Novelis and other companies. The people who applied for positions at Novelis at my job fair will have an opportunity to be considered for those 100 new jobs.”

July 26, 2011
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NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE STATE PARK

Visit Senator's Website, Cast Your Vote, Help Build Awareness

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting Central and Northern New York residents to nominate the region’s top State Parks.

The Senator has created a survey on her website —www.ritchie.nysenate.gov— that asks residents to select from nearly two dozen State Parks in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, in an effort to build awareness of tourism and recreational treasures in our own backyard.

July 26, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE STATE PARK

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting Central and Northern New York residents to nominate the region’s top State Parks.The Senator has created a online survey that asks residents to select from nearly two dozen State Parks in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, in an effort to build awareness of tourism and recreational treasures in our own backyard.“One of Upstate New York’s greatest tourism strengths is our amazing State Parks system,” Senator Ritchie said.

July 25, 2011
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GOV ORDERS BEACHES AND POOLS TO STAY OPEN TO HELP BEAT THE HEAT

Thanks Senator Ritchie for “leadership” for New Yorkers looking for relief

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered State Parks, beaches and pools in Central and Northern New York to offer extended hours this weekend to help New Yorkers beat the heat, and he praised Senator Ritchie for staying on top of the issue.

The Governor ordered Parks in the region, including Green Lakes, Verona Beach, Delta Lake and Sandy Island Beach State Parks in the Central Region, and Westcott Beach, Southwick Beach, Pt. au Roche, and Robert Moses, as well as the pool at Keewaydin all to remain open until 8 PM tonight and Saturday.

“Keeping these beaches and pools open for extra hours will mean more New Yorkers will get to enjoy some relief from the sweltering heat at some of the most beautiful spots in the country,” said Senator Ritchie. “I want to thank Gov. Cuomo for his responsiveness and concern for New Yorkers who are all suffering through this heat, and looking forward to a break soon.”

July 22, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE RETURNS TO VISIT NORTH COUNTRY PRISONS

Thanks Staff for Efforts that Helped Keep Facilities Open

State Senator Patty Ritchie returned to three state prisons in Ogdensburg and Gouverneur today to thank the officers, staff and administrators for their efforts to help keep the North Country facilities open, and to celebrate the news that every prison in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties had been spared the budget ax.

“Back in January, I visited each of the prisons in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County, and gathered information from staff and officers about just how efficient and cost-effective these facilities are, representing a better deal for state taxpayers,” Senator Ritchie said.

“Today, I returned to three of the facilities, Ogdensburg, Riverview and Gouverneur, to share with the dedicated workforce there that our strategy worked, and that Albany has recognized the good work they do, as do I,” Senator Ritchie said.

July 22, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE VISITS ELDERLY DURING HEAT WAVE

Urging Central and Northern New Yorkers to think of elderly, home bound in current heat wave

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited several elderly residents in her hometown of Heuvelton on Thursday, delivering ice cream and cold water to help them beat the heat.

"I've been urging residents of Central and Northern New York to check on their elderly neighbors to see how they are doing during the heat wave," Senator Ritchie said. "It's rare when temperatures rise like this so it's important for everyone to look out for each other."

July 21, 2011
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RITCHIE, BARCLAY MEET WITH BOTH SIDES IN NUCLEAR STRIKE

Ask Union Representatives, Constellation To Return To Bargaining Table

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay met with representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Constellation Energy Group to urge both sides to return to the negotiating table to end the nuclear plant strike that has idled several hundred Oswego County residents.

"Oswego has a long and proud history of active community support for the nuclear industry," said Senator Ritchie. "A key reason is the outstanding relationship between the workers and management."

July 21, 2011
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RITCHIE URGES: CHECK NEIGHBORS AND PETS IN EXTREME HEAT

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging Central and Northern New Yorkers to check frequently on the elderly and those who live alone, as well as to take extra care with family pets, to protect them from soaring temperatures in what is already being called one of the worst heat waves in years.

The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat Watch alerts for Oswego and Jefferson Counties through Thursday, as temperatures soar and remain in the 90s. Heat is the number one, weather-related cause of death in the US, claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined, they said.

“While we are all doing what we can to find relief for ourselves from the current heat wave, I am urging residents also to think about elderly neighbors, those who live alone, people with special needs, and helpless pets who are also suffering from heat and, in many cases, may be even more vulnerable to its effects,” Senator Ritchie said.

July 20, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE TOURS ST. LAWRENCE PSYCHIATRIC CENTER

Visits With Staff, Patients, Board of Visitors While Touring Trinity Building

State Senator Patty Ritchie toured the Trinity building at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center recently to discuss the state’s mental health services to Northern New York communities.

Over the course of the morning, she met with the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center's Board of Visitors, spoke to top staff and administrators, visited wards, program areas and recreational facilities.

July 18, 2011
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‘Let’s get back to the table’

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I,-Pulaski), Ken Blankenbush (R,C,-Black River), Bob Oaks (R,C,-Macedon) and State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C, - Heuvelton) urged Constellation and its Union leadership to return to the negotiating table.

“I think we all would like to see resolution to the situation so that people get back to work. The only way this can happen is by bringing the parties back to the bargaining table and work on a compromise,” said Assemblyman Barclay. “I have expressed this both to Constellation and to Union Leadership during talks this week. It is my hope that this meeting will take place soon.”

July 18, 2011
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RITCHIE JOINS GOV. CUOMO TO STOP 'TXTG N DRVNG'

State Sen. Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he visited Northern New York to sign a new, tougher law to stop texting while driving.

The new law, which passed the Legislature unanimously and takes effect immediately, includes fines up to $150 and up to three violation points. The Governor signed the bill during a stop in Watertown Thursday.

July 18, 2011
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RITCHIE RECRUITS GOV. CUOMO IN BORDER BOATER DISPUTE

Gov Jumps Into Fray Following Senator’s Request

State Sen. Patty Ritchie today asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to intervene in the dispute over Canada's new border rules that threaten to cripple Central and Northern New York's $150 million-a-year boating and sport fishing industry.

Senator Ritchie met with Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Mitch Franz of the Lake Ontario Fisheries Coalition, Henderson Town Supervisor Ray Walker, and representatives of US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush.

At the meeting, she gave the Lieutenant Governor a letter to deliver to Gov. Cuomo that details Canada's surprise crackdown on US boaters in the eastern Lake Ontario basin and St. Lawrence River, and asks for his help.

July 8, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE THANKS GOVERNOR FOR SAVING OUR PRISONS

SENATOR RITCHIE THANKS GOVERNOR FOR SAVING OUR PRISONS

State Senator Patty Ritchie today personally thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his decision to spare five state prisons in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties from further budget cuts.

Sen. Ritchie was with the Governor in suburban Syracuse for a bill signing event for New York’s new Property Tax Cap law, a measure designed to end runaway state property taxes and get the state back on track to creating jobs.

Following the formal ceremony, Senator Ritchie spoke with the Governor about the prisons in Northern New York.

July 6, 2011
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RITCHIE JOINS GOV. CUOMO FOR TAX CAP SIGNING

Bipartisan Bill Protects Home Owners, Businesses

Senator Patty Ritchie joined Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Wednesday at a bill signing ceremony to mark the enactment of New York’s new “Property Tax Cap,” an historic measure that will protect homeowners and businesses from runaway tax hikes, help strengthen the state’s economy and create jobs.

“I promised the hardworking taxpayers of Central and Northern New York that we would get taxes under control and, thanks to Gov. Cuomo’s leadership, we now have the toughest Tax Cap in the nation, finally bringing relief from skyrocketing property taxes that have crippled our economy, hurt families and cost us jobs,” Senator Ritchie said.

“Everywhere I go, taxpayers and business owners tell me that rising taxes are a top concern, and a key reason why so many people and jobs have left our state,” Senator Ritchie said. “That’s why I was proud to join Gov. Cuomo in his campaign to deliver relief to the hardworking taxpayers of New York who for too long have been burdened by out-of-control property taxes.”

July 6, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE REACTS TO NEW CHEESE RULE: ‘IT STINKS’

State Senator Patty Ritchie today said that New York consumers who care about fresh, local food should be holding their noses at a move by state bureaucrats to require many farmers markets to sell only plastic-wrapped cheese.

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets is banning the age-old practice by cheese mongers of selling fresh sliced cheese, unless they take costly steps like installing specialized sinks with hot water at outdoor farmers markets.

July 1, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE RETURNS ‘GOLD STAR’ PLATES

DMV had denied mother’s tribute to her fallen son

State Senator Patty Ritchie today returned two “Gold Star Mother” license plates to an elderly Central New York woman who was forced to surrender them to Motor Vehicles officials who said she couldn’t keep them as a tribute to her only son, killed in Vietnam.

Ethel Barnes proudly displayed the plates, bearing the distinctive number “46,” to honor and remember her only son, Robert, who died in 1967. DMV required her to turn in the plates when she said she would no longer be driving, denying her request to keep one as part of a family memorial she had planned for her son.

June 30, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: NNY PRISONS SAVED

Praises Governor’s Common Sense Approach to Closing List State Senator Patty Ritchie today said she was relieved—but not surprised—that no Northern New York prisons were included on a list of correctional facilities that are to be closed, and she credited Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s common sense approach to saving taxpayer dollars.

"Saving Northern New York’s prisons wasn’t just about jobs—though that was critical to a region suffering under some of the highest rates of unemployment in all of Upstate New York—but also about looking out for the interests of New York’s taxpayers,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 30, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE STATEMENT ON END OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Agreement on property tax relief ‘caps’ year when Albany started working again

The 2011 legislative session, my first as the State Senator representing Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, will be remembered as the year Albany started working again.

Partnering with our new Governor, Andrew Cuomo, we kept our promise to reduce taxes and spending, and took the first steps toward putting New York on a new path to better jobs and a stronger economy.

We passed an on-time budget and historic ethics reform to rebuild New Yorkers’ trust and confidence in their government and elected officials.

We “capped” it all off with a two-percent property tax cap that provides certainty and relief to homeowners and businesses, and will stop the flow of families, businesses and jobs out of New York.

June 27, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL EASES COUNTY JAIL CROWDING

Would force state to take inmates now languishing in local jails State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) said the Senate today passed a bill she sponsored that would ease local county jail overcrowding by requiring the state to move more quickly in picking up its inmates and placing them back in state prisons.

The bill (S.5498) gives the Department of Correctional Services just 10 days to move parole violators from county lockups to state facilities. Right now, nearly a thousand state parole violators are languishing in county jails—some for months a time—forcing local taxpayers to pick up the tab.

June 21, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: RIVER HOSPITAL TO BENEFIT FROM SENATE-PASSED BILL

Long-delayed change in payment rules could help preserve health care in the Thousand Islands   State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced Senate passage of a bill she cosponsored that helps secure the future of rural hospitals like River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, and Clifton Fine Hospital in Star Lake.

The bill, S.5431-A, will require the state to pay rural “critical access hospitals” for their actual costs of providing services, instead of relying on reimbursement formulas that currently leave the facilities shortchanged.

June 21, 2011
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