State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced passage of legislation she cosponsored to honor Lieutenant Colonel Todd Clark, a 17-year Army veteran and member of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion Combat Team, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013. The measure—Senate bill 2290—passed Wednesday and would name a portion of the state highway system, near Lt. Col. Clark’s hometown of Albany, the "Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway.” “While Lt. Col. Clark was a native of Albany, I was proud to represent him when he was stationed at Fort Drum,” said Senator Ritchie.
Army Major General Stephen J. Townsend delivers remarks in the historic New York State Senate Chamber on "10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day," the fourth annual event created by Senator Patty Ritchie to celebrate the post and its soldiers. Prior to his speech, Senator Ritchie and others heaped praise on Fort Drum and its soldiers, and urged Washington not to cut troop strength at the post, which is New York's largest single-site employer and the largest military installation in the Northeast.
NCPR reports on Senator Ritchie's new "Grown in New York" program to boost family farming by connecting consumers and local farms, encouraging exports and strengthening farmers' bottom lines. The pna was included in the Senate's list of budget priorities and is expected to be adopted by the entire Senate later this week.
On the first day of public hearings on the Governor's proposed new State Budget, I had the opportunity to question Richard Ball, Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets about the plan, and efforts to help farmers grow. We discussed the Young Farmers initiative, funding for farmland preservation, efforts to connect consumers to growers and budget cuts to programs that I believe provide a wealth of benefits to farmers.
The public hearings are just a step in the process of enacting an on-time, balanced budget, and I will file frequent updates here on my website. Be sure to check back often.
Senator Patty Ritchie announced a special $200,000 state grant to help kickstart a long-needed dredging of the Ogdensburg Port. Decades of sediment buildup are making it more difficult for ships to enter the port, driving up costs and making the facility less attractive to shippers.
Video Now in Schools, Available on Senator Ritchie’s Website
In an effort to help protect people in Central New York from the deadly EEE virus, State Senator Patty Ritchie has teamed up with the Oswego County Department of Health and SUNY Oswego to create an educational video to teach the public about the dangers of EEE.
“When it comes to EEE, we can’t do enough to prevent and protect people from this deadly disease. It’s my hope that this video will make more people aware of the dangers and teach them how to properly protect themselves and their loved ones.”
“Through recent tragedies, we’ve seen that our region is particularly susceptible to EEE and I’m proud to collaborate with the Oswego County Department of Health as well as SUNY Oswego to help fight the bite.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie beat back a challenge by downstate nuclear power opponents and won final legislative passage of her bill allowing Oswego County to continue to negotiate tax agreements with the operators of three nuclear power plants, helping to stabilize local government finances and protect jobs at some of the region’s biggest employers.
Sen. Ritchie's annual celebration of military men and women, veterans and military service was held at Fort Drum on May 15, recognizing 28 veterans of the US military from WWII to Afghanistan. The event is part of her State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame recognition, and came on the eve of Armed Forces Day.
State Senator Patty Ritchie honored more than two dozen “Women of Distinction” from Central and Northern New York—including advocates, activists, teachers and change-makers—at a special ceremony Thursday at Watertown’s historic Flower Memorial Library.
Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point who were visiting the Capitol for the annual West Point Day. Two cadets from Jefferson County were included in the group: Nicholas Tyler from Adams, and Brandon Lloyd from Watertown.
New York is the ONLY state that currently bans registration of UTV's, which are increasingly popular for families and seniors, and allowing UTVs would translate into increased tourism and sales tax and other revenue to state and local governments.