Helps U.S. Companies Compete In Global Economy, Makes NNY Attractive To Business
State Senator Patty Ritchie said that her bill expanding the Ogdensburg Foreign Trade Zone will help attract new businesses to Ogdensburg and communities across St. Lawrence County. The bill, S.5225, was given final passage by the Senate today.
“By expanding the existing foreign trade zone to include all of St. Lawrence County, we can encourage more manufacturers and other businesses to come to Northern New York,” Senator Ritchie said. “My bill allows firms from around the world to ship merchandise into St. Lawrence County and exempt it from taxes and duty until it is made into finished products or shipped to its final destination.”
Bill to Help Protect Responders Drawing Statewide Interest—and Support
The Firemen’s Association of New York State, representing tens of thousands of volunteer firefighters from Montauk to Morristown, and Cape Vincent to Cattaraugus County, has joined in urging state legislators to support Senator Patty Ritchie’s proposed “Mark’s Law.”
The measure (S.4717) is named to honor Jefferson County EMT Mark Davis, who was shot to death while responding to an emergency call. It provides that the killing of an emergency first responder, volunteer and paid firefighter, ambulance driver, paramedic, physician or nurse involved in an emergency team would be classified as First Degree murder, and punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed under New York law—life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
“The Firemen’s Association of New York State is the state’s premier organization representing our volunteer fire service,” Senator Ritchie said. “I am very pleased that they are joining me to do everything we can to protect our bravest who go out to respond to calls for help from their neighbors and friends.”
Legislation Reduces Red Tape On Business, Government
State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that three bills she sponsored in the Senate to cut red tape on business and local government—including a measure allowing wine in frozen desserts like sherbets and sorbets—have been signed into law.
“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed these bills I sponsored to cut red tape for small businesses and help make government more efficient,” Senator Ritchie said.
Measure Cuts Taxes, Fees, Overregulation; Top Priority of NY Farmers
A bill that slashes red tape, taxes and fees on New York’s hardworking farmers—and is a top priority of the state’s farm communities—was today approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee and sent to the full Senate for action.
The “Farmers Regulatory Relief Act” (S.4340), sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, targets some of the most onerous taxes, fees and regulations that make it tougher for New York farmers to succeed.
“Family farmers are key to the economies of rural communities throughout New York, and helping agriculture thrive will provide a boost for our entire state economy,” said Sen. Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Battle of the Bulge group among largest contingent of single campaign veterans; First multi-member group to receive honor
Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) has named the Oswego County “Battle of the Bulge” Veterans to the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.
It’s the first time a group of veterans has been named collectively to the Hall of Fame, which was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.
“The Oswego County ‘Battle of the Bulge’ Veterans served their nation when they were needed most, and continued that legacy throughout decades of service to their communities,” Senator Ritchie said.
State Senator Patty Ritchie asked Watertown firefighters on Thursday to sign her on-line petition in support of "Mark's Law," (S4717) a measure that would impose the state's maximum criminal penalty for anyone who kills firefighters or emergency workers.
The bill was named for the late Mark Davis who was shot to death while responding to an emergency in Cape Vincent.
Senator Ritchie asked the firefighters sign her on-line petition on her Senate website at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov and to ask their families and friends to support the measure.
Event will pair employers and agencies to get Oswego County residents hired
State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she is teaming with Central New York employers and agencies to host a Career and Resource Expo with the goal of allowing more Oswego County residents to hear the words, “You’re Hired!”
The first-of-its-kind event will be held on Thursday, June 9, from 2 pm to 6 pm, at the Fulton War Memorial, on West Broadway, and will feature over 40 agencies and employers from the region, including businesses who are ready to hire.
Move to save homes and businesses comes after recent record Flooding In Jefferson County
State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that regulators who help control the flow of the Black River have agreed to explore joining the New York’s instant alert system to give homeowners and businesses early warning in the event of flooding or other emergencies.
Senator Ritchie organized a meeting between officials of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District and the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) to address concerns by some Jefferson County residents and businesses who never received any notice of water releases that they suspect contributed to the recent flooding in the southern part of the county.
DHSES officials outlined the benefits of their NY-ALERT system,
Demonstrates Skype At Technology Symposium At Clarkson
State Senator Patty Ritchie showed business, education and government leaders at the North Country Technology Symposium how Skype can help someone be in two places at once.
By using emerging technologies like Skype, the North Country state senator was able to speak at the Potsdam symposium at Clarkson University Wednesday while working out of her senate office in Albany.
Senator Ritchie was honored at the symposium with its "SPIRIT Award" for her pioneering work in using emerging technologies and social media to communicate with her constituents across Central and Northern New York.
Series of bills to benefit veterans and active service members
The State Senate marked an early Memorial Day by passing a series of bills to benefit veterans, military service members and their families.
The bills covered a broad range of topics, from a plan to create free fishing events to veterans and active duty service members (a bill cosponsored by Sen. Ritchie) to bills making more veterans eligible for property tax relief.
“Memorial Day reminds us to keep in our thoughts all of those who served and sacrificed for our freedom, but also to remember the many thousands of men and women from our communities who continue to serve our nation today,” Sen. Ritchie said. “I’m pleased that the Senate should choose this time to pause, and then act on measures that show our appreciation to these men and women.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie says a bill (S4880B) she supported that was passed by the Senate today will reduce the cost of gasoline by 33 cents a gallon for three holiday weekends this summer.
The savings could take effect as soon as this weekend if the Assembly joins the Senate in passing the bill.
“With Memorial Day almost upon us, New York’s families need relief from high gasoline prices. The American Petroleum Institute reports New Yorkers pay the second highest gasoline taxes in the nation,” Senator Ritchie said. “The bill requires that savings be passed on to consumers.”
Urges Friends To Cast Vote For Waddington For Ultimate Fishing Town
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the New York State Senate has commended the village of Waddington in its campaign to become the national "Ultimate Fishing Town."
"As we enter the final week of the competition, I need all of my friends across Central and Northern New York to join me in helping Waddington," Senator Ritchie said. "It's time to end upstate New York's status as North America's best kept secret. If we work together, we can spur tourism, help our economy, put our region on the map and make people aware that the St. Lawrence River is one of the greatest places in America to visit and vacation."
Children’s Home Director to be Honored at Capitol Ceremony Tuesday
State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) today announced that Karen Y. Richmond, executive director of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County, has been named a “Woman of Distinction” by the State Senate for 2011.
Mrs. Richmond will be recognized in a special ceremony in the Senate Chamber, and a reception for family and friends later, at the State Capitol on Tuesday, where she will be joined by other nominees from across New York State in the annual Senate rite.
“For more than 25 years, Karen Richmond has devoted her life to serving and protecting children, and strengthening families, in Jefferson County and St. Lawrence Counties,” Senator Ritchie said.
Senator Patty Ritchie hosted Senate Education Committee Chair John Flanagan for a two hour discussion with school superintendents, school board members and BOCES officials to talk about education.
Senator Flanagan assured school officials that even though he represents part of Suffolk County, he understands and supports providing additional aid to rural school districts in Central and Northern New York. He told the school officials he understood that school districts in Senator Ritchie and Senator Joseph Griffo's districts have lower property wealth, higher needs, and lower incomes than communities he represents.
Measure to Create Ex-Con Registry Sparked by Massena Assault
State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) today hailed the expected passage of “Brittany’s Law,” which would create a public registry—akin to New York’s “Megan’s Law” list of sex offenders—that parents and neighbors could check to learn if dangerous ex-cons are living in their community.
The bill, which is expected to pass the Senate this afternoon and is sponsored by Sen. Joe Griffo and co-sponsored by Sen. Ritchie, was sparked by two heinous crimes, including the 2008 Harry Klages case. The bill is named for a 12-year-old, Rochester-area girl, who was murdered along with her mother by a dangerous ex-con, who won an early prison release after an earlier assault.
Bill Allows Innovation, New Products, New Jobs In Food, Wine Industry
State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill (S4054) to allow the sale of wine flavored frozen desserts in New York State passed the Senate.
“With record unemployment, New York State needs to encourage innovation in its wine industry and commercial food industries to make it easier for companies to create new products using what's already produced on New York’s farms,” Senator Ritchie said. “As the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, I felt it was vital to help encourage food manufacturers to use wine as an ingredient in more desserts like sorbets to help create new products, new businesses and new jobs both on farms, at wineries and in our manufacturing plants.”
Bill Makes Killing Emergency Responders 1st Degree Murder
State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced “Mark’s Law,” a bill to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.
The bill, S 4717, was introduced in memory of Mark Davis, the emergency medical technician who was shot to death while responding to a call for help in Cape Vincent on January 30, 2009.
The St. Lawrence County Information Technology Advisory Board has picked the winners of the Helene Mellon Memorial Spotlighting Progressive Implementation of Revered Innovative Technology (SPIRIT) Awards for 2011.
• The SPIRIT 2011 Award for Community Service goes to New York State Senator Patricia Ritchie.
• The award for Education belongs to St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension.
• The award for Business and Industry goes to the Development Authority of the North Country Internet Mapping Application.
• An honorable mention is awarded to St. Lawrence County Office of Emergency Services / NYS Office of Fire Protection / Dale Gardner NYS Fire Instructor.
State Senator Patty Ritchie announced the Senate passed a bill (S4415) she sponsored to allow Jefferson County’s District Attorney to appoint, as needed, a stenographer who lives in St. Lawrence County or any county in the fifth judicial district.
"When Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert told me she needed my help, I made sure we got this bill moving through the Senate," Senator Ritchie said. "It is critical that our prosecutors have the resources they need."
Small town on way to becoming America's fishing capital, but needs votes now
State Senator Patty Ritchie congratulated the residents and friends of the village of Waddington for winning 1st place in the first round of the Ultimate Fishing Town Contest.
"When a small village of just 900 can beat out communities across the nation, it's a real testament to the kind of community pride and spirit that you find in Waddington," Senator Ritchie said. "For too long the year-round fishing opportunities in Waddington and across Northern New York have been one of our nation's best kept secrets. That’s why when the Chamber of Commerce asked me for my support, I helped nominate Waddington and I urged my friends to join me in helping to put our region on the map."