The New York State "New Farmers Grant Fund," part of Senator Patty Ritchie's Young Farmers initiative, was created in 2014 to provide assistance to new and early stage farmers to encourage them to consider farming as a career, resulting in the growth of agribusiness across the state. The fund is administered by Empire State Development, a NYS agency.
In 2015, Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate's Agriculture Committee, fought for--and won--an increase in the grant fund to $1 million. Eligible new farmers can receive matching grants for up to $50,000 to help them start and grow their agribusiness.
New York's utility regulator, the Public Service Commission, is considering a plan to change the current 315 Area Code region, splitting the region in two or creating an "overlay" code that would be assigned to new phones and digital devices.
We owe it to our children to make sure that our schools are the very best. That's why I've fought for increased education funding for schools in St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego Counties, including restoring 78 percent of the GEA budget gimmick that Albany has used to balance its budget--at the expense of local schools.
The Army is proposing troop cuts to levels not seen since the beginning of World War 2. Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine.
Yes Senator, I agree with you that public assistance should not be used to purchase items such as alcohol, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and by signing this petition I encourage the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act.
On July 1, interest rates on federally guaranteed student loans soared from 3.4% to nearly 7%, costing the average college graduate more than $4,000.
Join Senator Patty Ritchie in urging Washington to roll back the rates, and help make college more affordable for New York students and their families. Sign the petition below to send a message to Washington.
New York is facing one of the most significant economic challenges in recent history. That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities here in New York State.
Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades. That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs right here in Central and Northern New York. But more needs to be done. As we continue to work to strengthen New York’s economy, I would like to find out your opinion on a few key items that will be discussed in the coming months.