Patty Ritchie's Videos

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Senator Patty Ritchie celebrates Adams, NY

Senator Patty Ritchie hosted the Adams community for a special Thank You event, celebrating local residents who helped shelter and feed stranded motorists during January's epic winter storm.

Read more about the Thank You, Adams event by clicking here.

 

February 13, 2014
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Senator Ritchie Questions DOT Commissioner

Senator Patty Ritchie questioned the state DOT Commissioner, Joan McDonald, during last week's public hearings on the State Budget. Senator Ritchie focused on key issues impacting Northern and Central New York, including the Governor's I-98 proposal, road needs in Oswego County, a continuing problem with polluted water wells near Alexandria Bay and rail safety issues.

Advance to the following time marks to find the discussion of these issues:

0:04 Rooftop highway proposal

1:41 Specific road repair needs needs in Oswego County (Fulton and Parish)

3:14 Alexandria Bay-area salt issue

4:05 Rail safety issue

February 3, 2014
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MEET THE GOVERNOR'S NOMINEE FOR AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER

Richard Ball, the Governor's nominee for state Agriculture Commissioner, appeared today at the meeting of the State Senate's Agriculture Committee, which is chaired by Senator Patty Ritchie.Senator Ritchie invited the Commissioner to meet with members of the committee in advance of the official hearings on his confirmation to the post.Mr. Ball has made a living in agriculture his entire life, and modeled his career on his grandparents, who were lifelong dairy farmers.For the past 20 years, he has been the owner and operator of Schoharie Valley Farms, which consists of 200 acres and produces a wide range of vegetable crops, small fruits and greenhouse crops.

January 28, 2014
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LEGISLATION AIMS TO HELP VETS FIND JOBS

Senator Patty Ritchie spoke at a press conference on the need for incentives to encouarge businesses to hire disabled veterans. Senator Ritchie's district includes Fort Drum, the largest Army installation north of the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi River--home of the most deployed units in the US Army, with thousands of veterans returning to the states this year.

The district also includes more than 20,000 veterans from conflicts as far back as WWII.

January 15, 2014
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Ag Grant Opportunity Workshop

Hosted by Senator Ritchie and Jefferson County Agricultural Development Council on December 12, 2013, at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Watertown.

A schedule of presenters is as follows:

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December 20, 2013
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VIDEO: St. Lawrence Psych Center is SAVED!

Channel 7 John Moore reports on the announcement that inpatient services would remain at the St. Lawrence Psych Center.

December 20, 2013
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VETERANS VOICES 2013: World War II Veterans from Oswego County

Interviews with World War II veterans from Oswego County, conducted in October and November 2013, were submitted to the permanent archives of the NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center, located in Saratoga Springs. These interviews include:

November 8, 2013
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VETERANS VOICES 2013: World War II Veterans from Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties

Interviews with World War II veterans from Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, conducted in October and November 2013, were submitted to the permanent archives of the NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center, located in Saratoga Springs. These interviews include:

 

November 8, 2013
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Senate Energy Committee public hearing on nuclear energy

Video of the Senate Energy Committee's public hearing on Indian Point nuclear power station and the future of nuclear energy in the state.

 

October 2, 2013
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NYS Senate Forum on Regulatory Relief--Agriculture

Video of the 9/18 bipartisan public hearing on regulatory reform, with a special emphasis on agriculture, that was hosted by Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie, at the State Office Building in Watertown.

September 23, 2013
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VIDEO: SLPC = EXCELLENCE!

Senator Patty Ritchie's remarks to the joint legislative hearing on the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center.

September 18, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL TO MAKE ELECTRONIC MONITOR TAMPERING A CRIME PASSES SENATE

Bipartisan Legislation Sparked by Horrific Crime in CNY

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill to make it a crime to tamper with electronic monitoring devices, like the ankle bracelet that was supposed to helping law enforcement keep an eye on accused killer-child rapist David Renz.

Under Senate Bill 5422-A, which is cosponsored in the Senate by Senator John DeFrancisco and Senator David Valesky, it would be a felony—adding up to four years of additional prison time—if an orrdener tampered with a device and committed another violent crime, and up to one year in jail if no other crime is involved. 

Currently, tampering with an electronic monitoring device can be a violation of parole or pre-sentencing release, but it is not a separate crime.

June 18, 2013
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Senator Ritchie's 2013 Veterans Hall of Fame Celebration

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 29 veterans from across Central and Northern New York at a special ceremony held recently at Fort Drum’s USO.

The veterans were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our local communities.

June 5, 2013
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SENATE AG CHAIR PATTY RITCHIE UNVEILS SWEEPING PLAN TO HELP FARMERS GROW

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.

March 5, 2013
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Senator Ritchie Addresses Gun Rights Rally

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.

February 28, 2013
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‘FARM VIABILITY INSTITUTE’ FEATURED AT INAUGURAL MEETING OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

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.

February 14, 2013
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CHANCELLOR UPDATES ON SUNY COLLEGE INDEPENDENCE

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.

February 11, 2013
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