Patty Ritchie's Press releases

SENATOR RITCHIE CONTINUES TO CUT RED TAPE

Senate OKs Package of Bills to Ease Regulations, Help Farms, Businesses

State Senator Patty Ritchie continued her assault on needless bureaucratic red tape, announcing that the Senate today has passed of package of bills she sponsored to reduce regulations on Central and Northern New York businesses.

The measures included a bill, drafted in conjunction with the state Agriculture Commissioner, that will ease some regulations that could impact Fort Drum.

“I ran for the Senate to bring common sense to Albany, and that includes cutting outdated and needless red tape that makes it tougher for businesses to create jobs, and communities to thrive,” Senator Ritchie said. “Taken together, these bills are yet another signal of the change in attitude in Albany that says ‘jobs first,’ and puts people ahead of the needs of government.“I will continue to work to find ways to ease the regulatory burden on businesses and help our economy and our communities grow stronger,” senator Ritchie said.

June 14, 2011
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SENATE APPROVES RITCHIE ‘UTV’ BILL

Measure Eases Rules On Family Friendly Rec Vehicles

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill to make regulations on all terrain vehicles more friendly to families passed the Senate Monday.

The bill, S.3318, increases the acceptable weight limits on ATV's from 1,000 to 1,500 pounds, allowing New Yorkers to register their UTV's. That will generate more state revenue through registrations, as many riders are currently registering the increasingly popular vehicles in other states.

"Upstate New York offers thousands of miles of ATV trails. This legislation will help attract riders to come to New York to experience what we have to offer, expanding our tourism industry and providing more reasons to visit our rural areas," Senator Ritchie said. "If we want to revitalize our economy and help create more jobs in our rural areas, we need to modernize our regulations."

June 13, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL OFFERING TAX BREAK FOR MILITARY RESERVISTS PASSES SENATE

A bill sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) that could let military reservists cut their property tax bill was passed Monday by the Senate.

The measure, S.5231, gives local counties, cities, towns and villages an option to offer reservists the same property tax benefit that is currently available to other veterans who served their nation during specific periods of conflict.

“The changing nature of threats to our nation has also changed the demands that we put on the men and women of our military reserves, who are increasingly called upon to serve side by side with active duty military to defend our freedom and way of life,” Senator Ritchie said.

“These are our ‘citizen soldiers’ who often times interrupt their careers and spend long stretches away from the families, communities and friends—just like those in the active duty service—but aren’t entitled to the same benefits back home. This bill shows our gratitude and respect for all that they do for us.”

June 13, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE VOTES FOR HISTORIC ETHICS REFORM

Bill Will Help Restore Confidence in New York’s Government, Future

State Senator Patty Ritchie voted today for an historic ethics reform bill to help restore the public’s trust in their government.

“If we want to encourage businesses to locate in New York and convince existing businesses to remain and create more jobs here, we need to continue our efforts to bring real reform and change to Albany,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 13, 2011
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CAREER EXPO A SUCCESS

Hundreds gain job advice to landing the perfect job

Nearly 300 Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie at her first-ever Career and Resource Expo that linked employers and job-counseling agencies with individuals looking for a job, a new career, or just seeking to boost their job-search skills.

Senator Ritchie’s Career and Resource Expo, held Thursday at the Fulton War Memorial, was jointly sponsored by Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward, United Way of Oswego County, SUNY Oswego’s Business Development Center, the Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Workforce New York.

June 10, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO CUT RED TAPE ON AG BUSINESS

New law also a top priority of state’s new agriculture commissioner

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law her bill that cuts red tape on nursery businesses, while also streamlining government and cutting costs for taxpayers.

The bill, S.4144, was “Departmental Bill No. 1,” and a top priority of state Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine.

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed into law this measure to make state government more efficient and which will provide relief for these small businesses,” Senator Ritchie said.  “As the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am very pleased to work with Commissioner Darrel Aubertine to enact this legislation.”  

June 8, 2011
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50 BUSINESSES, AGENCIES AT CAREER EXPO THURSDAY

Fulton Event Can Help CNYers Find New Careers

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Career and Resource Expo on Thursday will feature 50 businesses and agencies looking to help Central New Yorkers find new careers.

“With the economy picking up, companies are starting to hire,” Senator Ritchie said. “This event will help people reentering the job market, high school and college grads and folks who are looking for new careers to see what’s available in the greater Oswego area.”

June 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE BACKS ETHICS REFORM

During my conversations with the people of Central and Northern New York,they have made it very clear that they wanted real change in Albany. They wanted to clean up the dysfunction and corruption that has made New York State a poster child for what was wrong with government in America.

June 6, 2011
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FOREIGN TRADE ZONE EXPANSION WILL CREATE JOBS

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.”

June 6, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS BACKING ‘MARK'S LAW’

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.”

June 3, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS THREE RITCHIE BILLS INTO LAW

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.

June 2, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL SLASHING FARM RED TAPE GETS COMMITTEE OKAY

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.

June 2, 2011
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OSWEGO COUNTY VETERANS NAMED TO SENATE ‘HALL OF FAME

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.

May 27, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ASKS FIREFIGHTERS TO BACK MARK'S LAW

Asks Friends, Family Of Emergency Workers To Go To Website At www.ritchie.nysenate.gov To Sign On-Line Petition

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.

May 27, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE TO HOST CAREER, RESOURCE EXPO IN FULTON

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.

May 27, 2011
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RIVER REGULATORS TO EXPLORE EARLY WARNINGS

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,

May 26, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE SHOWS HOW TO BE IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE

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.

May 25, 2011
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PRE-MEMORIAL DAY AGENDA A NOD TO MILITARY

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.”

May 25, 2011
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BILL WOULD REDUCE HOLIDAY GAS TAXES

Urges Assembly To Help Reduce Gasoline Prices

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.”

May 24, 2011
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE RECOGNIZES WADDINGTON

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."

To cast a vote for Waddington, go to:

http://www.wfnfishingtown.com/town/waddington-ny

May 24, 2011
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