Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled today by Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Senator Ritchie was joined at a Capitol news conference by other members of the committee, as well as leaders of the New York Farm Bureau to announce a plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.
Senator Ritchie addressed the crowd of 10,000 participants in Thursday's 2nd Amendment Gun Rights Rally held at the State Capitol. Attendees included hundreds from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.
Earlier in the day, Senator Ritchie hosted constituents for coffee and donuts at her office. See more pictures of the day's events at Senator Ritchie's Facebook page, and "LIKE" the page for additional updates.
State Senator Patty Ritchie hosted the first meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Tuesday, and featured a presentation by representatives of the New York Farm Viability Institute, which sponsors agricultural research and other programs to help bolster farmers’ bottom lines.
State University Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, questioned by Senator Patty Ritchie during today's Higher Education budget hearing, provides an update on the shared services--and shared presidents--initiative at the Canton and Potsdam campuses.
Senator Ritchie has been challenging SUNY's central admionistration to find operational savings in other ways than to eliminate the college presidencies, arguing that the campuses need independent leadership.
Earlier, SUNY committed to an announcement a leadership search sometime this year, and Chancellor Zimpher says more information will be forthcoming athe the SUNY Board's March meeting, which is currently scheduled for March 18 and 19, at the SUNY Purchase campus.
Senator Patty Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, quizzes First Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Jim Bays on the Governor's Executive Budget proposal, including funding for critical research, education and marketing programs.
Senator Ritchie highlighted the need for funding for apple farmers devastated by recent hurricanes, a proposal to cut funding to the Farm Viability Institute, and property tax relief for farmers.
The hearing took place on Monday, Feb. 4th, and is one of the first steps to enacting an on-time budget before the April 1 deadline.
Seniors with questions about EPIC—the newly restored program which helps low-income seniors with the cost of their prescription drugs—could get them answered at Senator Ritchie's Senior Health and Wellness Fair, held recently in Oswego County.
1,000 seniors turned out for the 2d Annual Senator Ritchie Senior Health and Wellness Fair, held at the Watertown Fairgounds Arena. The event featured free information, health checks and giveaways--all aimed at heping seniotrs stay healthy and active.
Two more Senior fairs are planned for Oct. 3 in Ogdensburg, and Oct. 11 in Fulton.
Senator Patty Ritchie was interviewd on WRVO Public Radio on her idea to provide additional mandate relief for local taxpayers by addressing the problem of state prisoners currently being held in local county jails.
Senator Patty Ritchie, Anita Seefried-Brown of the Jefferson County Alcohol and Subatance Abuse Council, District Attorney Cindy Intschert and Oswego County Undersheriff Eugene Sullivan discuss the growing "bath salts" menace, and answer listeners' questions, on this Town Hall sponsored by Senator Ritchie.
Senator Patty Ritchie helped open the 2012 Jefferson County Fair on July 10, and got an added surprise when fair President Bob Simpson singled her out for her efforts to untangle a bureaucrat's snafu that threatened a smooth opening.
According to Simpson, Senator Ritchie's intervention saved organizers "thousands of dollars" and helped ensure another successful season for the fair, which is visited by tens of thousands of people from across Northern and Central New York.
Senator Ritchie is seen at the rear of this amateur video.
Buffalo's John Koelmel was confirmed as a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Power Authority, and is expected to be shortly named Chairman of the nation's largest public power company.
Koelmel, who is the CEO of the First Niagara Bank, discusses his experience and vision for NYPA during a nomination hearing Tuesday before the Senate's Energy Committee.
Senator Patty Ritchie, who is a member of that committee, spoke to Koelmel, and urged him to focus on the North Country and NYPA's role in helping to support local business and grow the region's economy.