Request Comes As Governor Proposes Expansion of “Taste NY” Initiative
As Governor Cuomo works to expand “Taste NY”—a program designed to highlight locally grown and produced food and products—Senator Ritchie is urging the placement of a Taste NY retail store at the now-closed Hastings rest area on I-81.
The request comes after the Governor this week proposed an expansion of Taste NY, setting goals to add Taste NY retail stores in strategic locations and triple gross sales of participating vendors in the coming year. In her letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Ritchie suggests reopening the rest area between exits 32 and 31, which has sat vacant since 2010 and adding a Taste NY retail location in an effort to welcome visitors and highlight local products.
“Heavily traveled by local residents as well as a significant number of Canadian shoppers going to and from Syracuse, I-81 would be a great location for featuring items grown and produced locally including wine, craft beer, maple syrup, fresh produce such as apples and onions, dairy products and so much more,” said Senator Ritchie in her letter.
State Senator Patty Ritchie presented members of the St. Lawrence County Band “The Starlighters” with her “Senior Volunteer of the Year Award” Wednesday in recognition of their donating their time to play at community events throughout the north country.
The award was presented at Senator Ritchie’s St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, which took place at Ogdensburg’s Odd Fellows Hall. More than 300 people attended the event, which featured nearly 50 organizations offering health checks and wellness tips, a free lunch prepared by culinary students from the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Northwest Tech Center, entertainment by The Starlighters and more.
“I was pleased to welcome more seniors and organizations than ever before to Wednesday’s Health and Wellness Fair,” said Senator Ritchie.
In an effort to improve safety and security at local schools, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced nearly $70,000 in special funding to be distributed to districts throughout Central and Northern New York.
“When children are in the classroom and when teachers are leading lessons, the focus should be on learning—not whether or not they are safe and out of harm’s way,” said Senator Ritchie.
“All you need to do is pick up a newspaper to see that schools have been faced with a wide variety of incidents threatening their safety. The need for security upgrades has been one of the top priorities expressed by local educators, and I’m pleased to provide this funding which will help to ensure that learning remains at the forefront of the minds of students, educators and parents.”
Includes Initiatives to Encourage Young People to Pursue Agriculture Careers
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced components of her “Young Farmers NY” program—a plan aimed at addressing issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and preserving the future of family farming—are being made available today.
Parts of the program launched today include more than $600,000 in grants as well as a loan forgiveness program, both aimed at helping young farmers overcome obstacles and giving them a greater opportunity for a successful career in agriculture.
“It’s hard to imagine a world without farmers,” said Senate Agriculture Chair State Senator Patty Ritchie. “But it’s something that could become a reality if we don’t take proactive steps towards addressing the issue of our state’s aging farmer population.”
“The components of my Young Farmers NY program rolled out today will give those who are just starting out a real incentive for joining the ranks of our state’s hardworking farmers and more importantly, will serve to protect our state’s biggest industry for many years to come.”
Event to Feature New Organizations, Bus Transportation, Free Lunch and Entertainment
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding St. Lawrence County residents that her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 15th in Ogdensburg.
The free event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, located on the corner of Route 37 and Linden Street. Highlights include nearly 50 local businesses and organizations offering health checks and wellness tips, a free lunch prepared by “chefs in training” from St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES , entertainment, bus transportation provided by St. Lawrence County NYSARC and more. Flu shots will also be provided and seniors looking to receive a shot are reminded to bring their insurance information with them.
Construction Plans Detailed in New Sign Adjacent to Pier
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the New York State Canal Corporation has laid out its plans for the reconstruction of Brewerton Pier; a plan that once completed, will help to increase tourism, grow jobs and create new recreational opportunities in the central New York area.
Reconstruction of the pier—which was deemed unsafe for use by the state and closed following its collapse into the Oneida River in 2009—has been in the planning stage for several years. Now, as a result of the advocacy of Senator Ritchie and other local leaders, plans are being put into motion for its rebuilding. This week, at the request of Senator Ritchie, a sign detailing the reconstruction timeline was installed in the Town of Hastings.
“In the years since the Brewerton Pier has been closed, the central New York region has missed out on recreational opportunities and the tourism dollars that come along with them,” said Senator Ritchie.
“Once the pier is made usable again, central New York will see the benefits of improved recreational opportunities, increased tourism and new jobs. I would like to thank the Canal Corporation for turning its focus to the rebuilding of the pier, as well as the local leaders and community members who advocated for its reconstruction.”
Did you know that every day, 160,000 teens reportedly skip school because they are bullied? In addition, a recent survey indicated that 18 percent of New York high school students had been bullied on school property and 16 percent had experienced cyberbullying in the past year.
This month, our nation “goes pink” in honor of those who are fighting breast cancer and those who have lost their lives to the disease as well as to raise awareness among women about steps that can be taken to stay healthy.
More than 1,000 packed the Bruce Wright Memorial Conference Center in Watertown Wednesday to take part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair.
The event—which was hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Office for the Aging—offered free health checks, tips and tools to help seniors improve their well-being from nearly 80 local businesses and organizations. It also featured lunch prepared by “chefs-in-training” from Oswego County CiTi and entertainment from “The Country Stompers.”
“This is an event that people look forward to each and every year and I couldn’t be more pleased that so many seniors were able to join me today; accessing information that can help them to stay healthy and live their lives to the fullest potential,” said Senator Ritchie.
Event to Feature New Location, More Organizations Than Ever Before
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Northern New Yorkers that her annual Jefferson County Senior Health and Wellness Fair will take place on Wednesday.
This year’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair will be bigger and better than ever before, featuring more than 60 businesses and organizations as well as a brand new location, the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, located at 1291 Faichney Drive in Watertown.
The event—which is being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Office for the Aging—will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and offer free health screenings, wellness tips and more. Entertainment and lunch—prepared by “chefs in training” from Oswego County Citi will also be provided. Flu shots will be available and those interested in receiving a shot are reminded to bring their insurance information.
State Senator Patty Ritchie thanked culinary students from Oswego County CiTi recently for preparing lunches for guests at her Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair.
In addition to preparing lunches for the Oswego County event, students will also provide lunches at Senator Ritchie’s Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fairs which will be held on October 1st and October 15th.
Events Held in Conjunction With St. Lawrence County Highway Department
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she will host two free waste tire disposal events in St. Lawrence County on Saturday, September 27th.
The events—which are being held in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department—are aimed at cleaning up St. Lawrence County, preventing the spread of illnesses by eliminating tires that breed disease carrying insects and protecting the environment.
“My free waste tire disposal events provide a great opportunity to help clean up our community, prevent the spread of disease and keep St. Lawrence County beautiful,” said Senator Ritchie.
“I’d like to thank the St. Lawrence County Highway Department, especially it’s Superintendent, Donald Chambers for their help in hosting these very important events which will give residents the opportunity to get rid of waste tires without the typical $15 fee.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Central New Yorkers she will be hosting her annual “Senior Health and Wellness Fair” Wednesday in Oswego County from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at the Fulton Ice Arena, located at 605 West Broadway Street next to the Fulton War Memorial.
The free event will feature health screenings, wellness tips, lunch prepared by “chefs in training” from Oswego County CiTi, entertainment and more. Flu shots will be provided, and those interested in receiving a shot are reminded to bring their insurance information. Transportation to the event will be provided by Oswego County Opportunities and a bus schedule can be found here.
One month after the kidnapping of two young Amish girls in St. Lawrence County, State Senator Patty Ritchie hosted a gathering Friday evening to celebrate the region’s community spirit and thank all those who helped return the girls safely to their family last month.
“When tragedy struck, the members of our community stepped up to the plate to support the Miller family and their two young girls,” said Senator Ritchie. “There were law enforcement and emergency responders who put in long hours, ordinary citizens who aided in the search effort, community members who donated food and drink, members of the media who brought much-needed attention to the ordeal and put pressure on the kidnappers and so many more people who simply said a prayer for the safe return of the girls.”
“The generosity and willingness to help demonstrated by our community was truly inspiring—and makes me so proud to call this region “home.” Tonight’s event was just a small way to say thank you to the hundreds of people who had a hand in the outpouring of support for the Miller family.”
Initiative Helps North Country Residents Get Rid of 350 Pounds of Medications
North Country residents have disposed of 350 pounds of pills through Senator Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” program, an initiative aimed at helping people get rid of unwanted or expired prescription medications, including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin.
The program featured four events throughout Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, with the most recent taking place Tuesday evening at Gouverneur Hospital. At the Gouverneur event, nearly 60 pounds of prescription medications were disposed of.
“The response to my “Shed the Meds” events is a testament to the need people have to get rid of pills that sit unused or expired in their medicine cabinets, which can potentially end up in the wrong hands or pollute our water if disposed of improperly,” said Senator Ritchie.