State Senator Patty Ritchie brought doughnuts and coffee to the 30 volunteers painting a house on New York Avenue in Ogdensburg recently. The group was lending their time as part of the city’s pride and beautification program.
(Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with Ogdensburg Free Academy Key Club Lt. Governor Laken Kelly and President Ashleigh Sovie)
Since the 2014 Legislative Session began in January, my colleagues and I have been focused on achieving results that make for a better New York for all who call our state home.
Today, I’m pleased to say that by working together, across the political aisle, we have made great strides towards several of my top priorities, including creating jobs, cutting red tape, lowering taxes, improving our schools and fostering new opportunities for people across our state.
Agriculture is the cornerstone of our state’s economy, and this year, I was pleased to see approval of my “Young Farmers NY” program; an initiative designed to address the issue of our state’s aging farmer population. As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I firmly believe this new program will encourage more young people to join the ranks of our hardworking farmers and position New York’s biggest industry for significant future growth.
One month after the kidnapping of two young Amish girls in St. Lawrence County, State Senator Patty Ritchie hosted a gathering Friday evening to celebrate the region’s community spirit and thank all those who helped return the girls safely to their family last month.
“When tragedy struck, the members of our community stepped up to the plate to support the Miller family and their two young girls,” said Senator Ritchie. “There were law enforcement and emergency responders who put in long hours, ordinary citizens who aided in the search effort, community members who donated food and drink, members of the media who brought much-needed attention to the ordeal and put pressure on the kidnappers and so many more people who simply said a prayer for the safe return of the girls.”
“The generosity and willingness to help demonstrated by our community was truly inspiring—and makes me so proud to call this region “home.” Tonight’s event was just a small way to say thank you to the hundreds of people who had a hand in the outpouring of support for the Miller family.”
Events Held in Conjunction With St. Lawrence County Highway Department
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she will host two free waste tire disposal events in St. Lawrence County on Saturday, September 27th.
The events—which are being held in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department—are aimed at cleaning up St. Lawrence County, preventing the spread of illnesses by eliminating tires that breed disease carrying insects and protecting the environment.
“My free waste tire disposal events provide a great opportunity to help clean up our community, prevent the spread of disease and keep St. Lawrence County beautiful,” said Senator Ritchie.
“I’d like to thank the St. Lawrence County Highway Department, especially it’s Superintendent, Donald Chambers for their help in hosting these very important events which will give residents the opportunity to get rid of waste tires without the typical $15 fee.”
It’s hard to believe that winter is just around the corner. If last year is any indication of what the coming months hold, it’s a good idea to take steps now to protect your home from the cold temperatures, whipping winds and mountains of snow. Here are some of the most beneficial steps you can take to safeguard your home and save on heating costs at the same time in the coming season: