Patty Ritchie's Press releases

CLOTHING TAX BREAK RETURNS FRIDAY

State Sales Tax Waiver On Some Purchases Will Help Save Families MoneyState Sen. Patty Ritchie today reminded families that, beginning April 1, Albany is rolling back its sales tax increase on clothing and shoes, giving families and consumers a break on purchases under $55.“In the current economic climate, families have to save money wherever they can,” Senator Ritchie said.

March 29, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: SENATE STANDS UP FOR MAPLE PRODUCERS

Senate Recognizes Maple 'Sugar Shacks' As Farm Buildings; Honors Maple Industry    State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today the state Senate passed a bill she sponsored to make bureaucrats  recognize maple sugar shacks as agricultural buildings. The bill aims to cut red tape that threatens the state's growing maple industry. The Senate also passed a resolution, at the height of "sugaring season" throughout New York State, honoring the state's 550 maple producers whose efforts have made the Empire State the second largest maple producing state in the nation.

March 24, 2011
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SENATE AND ASSEMBLY ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON AG FUNDING

Both houses restore funds for programs ‘key to the future of family farms’

State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie and Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair William Magee announced today a budget agreement that fully funds critical farm research, education and assistance programs aimed at helping family farmers and strengthening rural New York’s farm economy.

The Joint Budget Subcommittee, comprising negotiators from both the Senate and Assembly, agreed on a total of $17.329 million to support local farm programs, including restoring funds for important programs that help make farming more profitable and successful for hardworking farm families.

March 24, 2011
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RITCHIE, BARCLAY ENERGY FORUM EDUCATES CONTRACTORS

Helps Them Reduce Energy Costs To Homeowners  OSWEGO - A forum sponsored by Assemblyman William A. Barclay and State Senator Patty Ritchie  in Oswego on Wednesday helped area contractors learn about ways to help home owners reduce energy costs. The "Home Performance Contracting, Get An Edge On The Competition Forum" in Oswego helped Central and Northern New York contractors learn about incentive programs they can use to improve home energy efficiency. "At a time of rising energy costs, it's imperative that we find ways to help home owners reduce the cost to heat their home,"  said Senator Ritchie.

March 24, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE JOINS CANADIAN SENATOR OPPOSING NEW US TAX ON TOURISTS

Sen. Runciman: Inspection Tax Could Hurt Tourism, Border Communities State Senator Patty Ritchie and Canadian Senator Bob Runciman are urging their legislative colleagues  to join them in condemning a U.S. proposal that could cripple tourism in border communities like Cape Vincent and Alexandria Bay,  damage U.S. – Canadian relations and hurt the economies of communities across Northern and Central New York. “The federal government’s scheme to impose a $5.50 ‘inspection tax’ on Canadians who visit the U.S. by sea or air is an insult to America’s largest trading partner and one of our closest allies,” Senator Ritchie said.

March 22, 2011
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RITCHIE: CRITICAL AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN JOINT BUDGET PLAN

Ag Chair: Senate Led Effort To Restore Funding, Treat Farm Programs Fairly  Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie announced that Senate and Assembly negotiators have  restored funding to New York’s critical agriculture programs in the joint budget to be presented to the governor.  “My top priority as the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee has been to make sure that farms and agricultural programs did not suffer bigger cuts than other state programs," Senator Ritchie said. "The original state budget proposal required our 36,000 farm families to suffer a disproportionate share of the budget cuts." "The budget proposal the Senate championed insures that farmers will face no new taxes or fees.

March 22, 2011
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RITCHIE NAMED TO BUDGET COMMITTEES ON AGRICULTURE, JOBS

Getting To Work Immediately To Bridge Gaps Between Senate And Assembly PlansState Senator Patty Ritchie has been named to two key budget subcommittees,which will begin work immediately to negotiate differences between thebudget priorities of the Senate and Assembly.Senator Ritchie will serve on the Agriculture, Environmental Conservationand Housing Subcommittee, scheduled to be the first panel to begin workingat 9:30 AM  Wednesday, as well as the Economic Development Subcommittee.“Both the Senate and Assembly have taken strong stands for our farmers, butthere are differences in our plans.

March 17, 2011
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RITCHIE: SENATE RESTORES FUNDING TO CRITICAL AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS

As Legislature Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Farm Bureau's Birth In Upstate New YorkSenate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate will vote today to restore funding to New York’s critical agriculture programs as the legislature celebrated the 100th anniversary of New York Farm Bureau, the state’s leading advocate for the agriculture industry.The Senate’s budget will serve as the basis for negotiations between the two houses of the legislature in crafting a final budget proposal“As the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, my top priority has been to insure that our farms and agribusinesses do not suffer a disproportionate share of the budget cuts as we wrestle with the state’s fiscal crisis,” Senator

March 15, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE VOTES TO HONOR VETERANS

Includes Bill To Regulate Protesters Disrupting Military Funerals State Senator Patty Ritchie voted today for a package of bills to honor veterans, including a bill to make it more difficult for protesters to disrupt the funerals of America's fallen heroes.“At a time when our military’s men and women are fighting and sometimes dying in the defense of  our nation, I believe we have a responsibility to insure that their loved ones are able to bury them without harassment from outside protesters,” Senator Ritchie said.  While the U.S.

March 15, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: NEW LAW TO HELP MILITARY VOTE

Provides Adequate Time In Special ElectionsState Sen. Patty Ritchie says a bill she co-sponsored that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law today will help soldiers who are risking their lives have the opportunity to vote in special elections. "I am very pleased to see New York State helping to make sure that our military personnel who are defending our way of life will have an opportunity to participate in their special local elections," she said. The law changes the current system in which special elections were held between 30 to 40 days after they were called by the governor.  The new law increases the time to 70 to 80 days, giving local boards of election time to send ballots to military personnel overseas.

March 10, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE HELPS HUNDREDS OF SENIORS QUALIFY FOR TAX BREAK

Town Assessors Say Senator Ritchie Helped Their ConstituentsHundreds of senior citizens across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County are now going to see a reduction in their school property taxes thanks to State Senator Patty Ritchie's efforts to inform senior citizens about the benefits of the Enhanced STAR program. Senator Ritchie utilized email, postal mail and posts on her Facebook page to inform seniors about an upcoming deadline to apply for the program, which provides substantial property tax savings for homeowners who are turning 65 or older.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Ritchie Meets with Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley in Albany

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie visited with Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley during his visit to Albany on Tuesday.Bishop LaValley oversees the Roman Catholic diocese of Ogdensburg which stretches from the shores of Lake Ontario to the shores of Lake Champlain, stretching along New York State's border with Canada. Bishop LaValley was one of over 1,000 Roman Catholics from across New York State who visited the state legislature with the New York State Catholic Conference to talk about issues affecting Catholic schools and the New York's Catholics.Senator Ritchie's 48th senate district includes Jefferson and a portion of St. Lawrence County that is included in Bishop LaValley's diocese.Catholics at the Capitol is an annual event.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Ritchie Supporting "Recharge New York" Jobs Bill

State Sen. Patty Ritchie is expecting the “Recharge New York” bill she is cosponsoring will pass the State Senate later today. She said the bill will help upstate businesses create jobs and help farmers reduce their energy costs.“I am very pleased to see these vital reforms moving forward through the state legislature,” said Senator Ritchie. “It’s long past time that New York State recognizes that our farms and our agriculture industry is vital to revitalizing the upstate economy.”

“I particularly want to thank State Sen. George Maziarz, the chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, for his efforts to make sure that the needs of upstate’s businesses and our family farms were protected in this legislation,” she said. 

March 8, 2011
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RITCHIE HAILS SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROTECT C.O.’s

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hailed passage of a bill she’s co-sponsored that gives stronger protection to corrections officers from inmates who throw their bodily waste at them.The Senate voted unanimously to approve S.2141, a bill which closes a loophole in the state’s Penal Law that makes it a felony for an inmate to throw human waste at a prison employee.“Every day, Corrections Officers put their safety on the line in order to protect us, and ensure the orderly operation of state prisons that can contain the most dangerous elements of our society,” Sen.

March 8, 2011
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RITCHIE UTV BILL CLEARS COMMITTEE

Legislation Will Expand Recreational Opportunities by Legalizing UTVsALBANY - A bill by State Senator Patty Ritchie to help people register their recreational utility vehicles in New York State passed the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday, clearing the first legislative hurdle on the way to becoming law.

March 2, 2011
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RITCHIE'S 1ST BILL PASSED IN SENATE HELPS BLACK RIVER

Will Save Taxpayers Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In InterestState Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) announced today the New York State Senate passed legislation she authored that saves Black River taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra interest costs for a critical waste water and sewer treatment project.The measure, S.27 81, Senator Ritchie's first bill to pass the Senate, allows the Village to repay loans from the USDA and state Environmental Facilities Corporation on terms that are more favorable to local taxpayers.

March 1, 2011
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RITCHIE ATTENDS MORRISTOWN CHILI COOK OFF

State Senator Patty Ritchie attended Sunday's Morristown Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off.

"When the Morristown Chamber of Commerce contacted me and asked for my help to make sure that their annual chili cook off could be held, I told them I would do everything I could to insure that this North Country tradition continued," she said. "That's why I spent Sundaymorning with the contestants at the chili cook off."

February 22, 2011
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GOVERNOR APPOINTS RITCHIE TO BUSINESS PANEL

State Senator Patty Ritchie today was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on a bipartisan, public private Task Force examining ways to increase opportunities for local businesses that are run by women and minorities. Senator Ritchie is one of just three Upstate lawmakers named to the 29-member Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Team that also includes her North Country colleague, Sen. Betty Little of Queensbury.

The Governor created the panel to find ways to increase opportunities for qualified businesses to gain access to state and local government procurement contracts.

February 22, 2011
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LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Ritchie invites Central and Northern NY taxpayers to have their say on state budget cuts

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking her constituents in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to offer her guidance as she begins analyzing New York State's proposed budget.

"New York faces some difficult challenges, from an out-of-balance budget caused by years of overspending, to high taxes that threaten our economy, our future, and make life tougher for hardworking families like yours," she said. "We all must work together to get New York government back on track—and get New Yorkers working again. By sharing your ideas and opinions, you can help me make the choices that best serve the interests of our communities.

February 15, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE REMINDS SENIORS OF ENHANCED STAR DEADLINES

Urges Central and Northern New Yorkers to not miss out on important property tax savingsState Senator Patty Ritchie urged residents of Central and Northern New York who will be 65 or older this year to check to see whether they qualify for an additional reduction in their property taxes. Deadlines to apply for the Enhanced STAR property tax relief program--available to homeowners who turn 65 or older this year--are fast approaching. "Since I took office last month, I have been working to find ways to help reduce our state's tax burden on families," said Senator Ritchie. "That's been the number one issue raised by families I talk to who tell me how difficult it is for them to pay their bills, their mortgage and property taxes."

February 15, 2011
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