Experts Answer Questions, Get Information Out to Public on Dangerous Synthetic Drugs
Nearly 5,000 people joined State Senator Patty Ritchie Tuesday night, for a live telephone town hall on the dangers of “bath salts,” synthetic drug compounds that are at the center of a series of increasingly bizarre and deadly incidents across the region.
State Makes it Illegal to Sell, Possess Bath Salts and Other Substances
State Senator Patty Ritchie is praising Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health’s issuing of new regulations to crackdown on the synthetic drug epidemic that is sweeping New York State and the rest of the nation.
Legislation Makes the Viewing of Child Pornography a Class E Felony
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that a bill she voted in favor of to close a gaping legal loophole in New York State that makes it legal to view online child porn has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and for acting quickly to support a measure that would protect the children of New York State,” said Senator Ritchie.
Corrections Committee Chair Sen. Michael Nozzolio, Sheriffs to Attend
Local and state leaders will join State Senator Patty Ritchie for a special meeting to address the issue of jail overcrowding on Monday October 15th at 12:00 p.m. in her Watertown office, located at the Dulles State Office Building on Washington Street.
After Meeting, Lawmakers Tour Empty State Prison as Possible Solution to Problem
State Senator Patty Ritchie today hosted a meeting with the Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Sheriffs, along with the Senate’s top expert on corrections and prison issues, to discuss the problem of state parole violators who are crowding county jails, and costing local taxpayers millions of dollars in unreimbursed expenses.
Senator Ritchie and Senator Michael Nozzolio, longtime chair of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee met for an hour with the Sheriffs before heading to the nearby, state-run Watertown Correctional Facility to tour two empty dorms that were recently closed down, and which the Senators said could be used to house the state inmates currently being held in the county lock-up.
Additional Sponsors Sign-On to Measure to Protect First Responders,
Online Petition Grows to More Than 2,000 Signatures
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced additional support for “Mark’s Law," her measure designed to put the full weight of the law behind emergency first responders and ensure just punishment for those who harm these heroes.
As of Friday, seven lawmakers have signed on to co-sponsor her bill, S.2130.. In addition, an online petition where the public can show their support for Mark’s Law has reached more than 2,000 signatures.
The horrific incidents in Newtown, CT, and Webster, NY, prompted shock and outrage across America. As a mother, and a grandmother, I experienced the same emotions and horror at these events, and other recent random acts of gun violence, as citizens all across this great state and nation.
State Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Assemblyman Bob Oakes have announced the introduction of comprehensive legislation addressing synthetic drugs in New York State.
At a recent press conference announcing the legislation was Teresa Woolson and her family, who are advocating for strengthening laws regarding synthetic drug use. Woolson’s son, Victor, lost his battle with drugs in 2012 and died from injuries related to synthetic drug use. He died after federal legislation and the New York State Department of Health ban was put in place.