Freshman Senator Also Lands Spots on Committees Key to Central and Northern New York communitiesALBANY—State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) was named Tuesday as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and was assigned to several other committees with critical oversight over issues that are key to her Central and Northern New York district."Agriculture is our state’s Number One industry—and critically important to the economy, communities and families of Northern and Central New York," Senator Ritchie said.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush's agricultural forums in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties.
Pictured in photo: Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, Future Farmers of America (FFA) Vice President Alisha Fregoe of South Jefferson Central School, FFA President Corinth Dalyrimple of South Jefferson Central School, and Senator Patty Ritchie.
As Legislature Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Farm Bureau's Birth In Upstate New YorkSenate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate will vote today to restore funding to New York’s critical agriculture programs as the legislature celebrated the 100th anniversary of New York Farm Bureau, the state’s leading advocate for the agriculture industry.The Senate’s budget will serve as the basis for negotiations between the two houses of the legislature in crafting a final budget proposal“As the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, my top priority has been to insure that our farms and agribusinesses do not suffer a disproportionate share of the budget cuts as we wrestle with the state’s fiscal crisis,” Senator
Ag Chair: Senate Led Effort To Restore Funding, Treat Farm Programs Fairly Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie announced that Senate and Assembly negotiators have restored funding to New York’s critical agriculture programs in the joint budget to be presented to the governor. “My top priority as the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee has been to make sure that farms and agricultural programs did not suffer bigger cuts than other state programs," Senator Ritchie said. "The original state budget proposal required our 36,000 farm families to suffer a disproportionate share of the budget cuts." "The budget proposal the Senate championed insures that farmers will face no new taxes or fees.
Both houses restore funds for programs ‘key to the future of family farms’
State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie and Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair William Magee announced today a budget agreement that fully funds critical farm research, education and assistance programs aimed at helping family farmers and strengthening rural New York’s farm economy.
The Joint Budget Subcommittee, comprising negotiators from both the Senate and Assembly, agreed on a total of $17.329 million to support local farm programs, including restoring funds for important programs that help make farming more profitable and successful for hardworking farm families.