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RITCHIE INVITES STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN ‘THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION’

Asks young artists, writers: “What are you thankful for this year?”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting students in Central and Northern New York to put their art and writing skills to work for the New York State Senate’s “Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration."

To participate in the program, students in grades K-6 must submit a one-page essay, original poem or artwork (8 ½ x 11 inches) that answers the question “What are you thankful for this year?”

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LISBON STUDENTS GET CRAFTY WITH CARDS FOR ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’ PROGRAM

Nearly 1,000 Holiday Greetings Collected

Throughout Central, Northern New York So Far

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Lisbon Central School Wednesday to collect handmade holiday cards from students in Jane Brown-Flack’s second grade class who took part in the American Red Cross’ ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ program. 

Senator Ritchie is partnering with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to urge the public to support ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes,’ which helps to deliver tens of thousands of holiday greetings every year to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations. 

So far, nearly 1,000 holiday greetings have been donated from as far away as Missouri, as well as schools and veterans posts in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

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RITCHIE GRANT TO HELP GENERAL BROWN RECOVER FROM BUS GARAGE FIRE

Key Club Members, Superintendent, School Officials on Hand for Announcement

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced Monday that she has secured a special $200,000 state grant to help General Brown Central School District recover from last April’s bus garage fire.  The funds can be used to purchase new buses and complete repairs to the garage. 

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RITCHIE MEETS WITH CHAIR OF BOARD OF REGENTS STATE AID COMMITTEE

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Dr. James Dawson, Chair of the Board of Regents State Aid Committee to discuss the challenges rural schools in Central and Northern New York are facing and make a commitment to work together in an effort to find a solution to ensure both quality educational experiences for students and relief for taxpayers.

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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RITCHIE ON 2013-2014 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL

CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT FARES IN THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET

In the past two years, we have begun to turn a corner in New York State, and certain components of Governor Cuomo’s State Budget proposal announced today—such as his pledge to rein in spending and not to implement any new taxes or fees—will help to continue this trend of fiscal responsibility.

Job creation is my top priority, and I was pleased to hear that there will be significant investments the creation of employment opportunities for New Yorkers looking to head back to work.  As announced today, the inclusion of $150 million for a third round of Regional Economic Development Council funding will build on the success of this program and help spur the economies in Central and Northern New York.

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RITCHIE RENAMED TO SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES

Renews Commitment to Supporting Libraries, Expanding Opportunities for Taxpayers

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been renamed to the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.

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RITCHIE, LIBRARY OFFICIALS MEET, DISCUSS WAYS TO SUPPORT PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN NNY

State Senator Patty Ritchie met this week with representatives of Northern New York libraries from Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

Senator Ritchie was recently reappointed to serve on the Senate Select Committee on Libraries; a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.

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MORE THAN 350 YOUNG ARTISTS, WRITERS PARTICIPATE IN SENATOR RITCHIE’S “THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION”

Student Essays, Artwork and Poems Now Available for Viewing Online 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that more than 350 students—more than any other senate district—participated in the New York State Senate’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration; a program inviting students to share their  poems, essays and artwork based on what they are thankful for. 

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RITCHIE JOINS CARTHAGE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TO CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined students at Carthage Elementary Friday, to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. 

During the event, which capped off “National Read Across America Week,” Senator Ritchie read the book “The Cat in the Hat” to students.

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RITCHIE TALKS AGRICULTURE WITH OSWEGO COUNTY 4-H MEMBERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed 4-H members from Central New York to the Capitol this week, to talk about the importance of agriculture education in schools.

During their visit, Senator Ritchie—who chairs the Senate Agricultural Committee—joined representatives for breakfast and listened to how the 4-H is working, according to their motto, “to make the best better.”

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