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RITCHIE, BARCLAY JOIN VOLNEY STUDENTS FOR “GOVERNMENT DAY”

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Volney Elementary recently, to meet with 6th grade students who participated in the school’s Government Day.

As part of the visit, Senator Ritchie presented each student with a certificate, recognizing them for their participation. 

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STATEMENT ON THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

As State Senator, my top priority has been making Central and Northern New York a better place to live and work, and this year’s session continues our progress.

With the adoption of a Middle Class-friendly state budget, we once again held the line on state spending, and provided urgently needed tax relief for the Middle Class.

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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 GRANT FOR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER AT CENTRAL SQUARE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today she has secured a special, $50,000 grant to provide a school resource officer for the Central Square School District.

HOW SAFE ARE YOUR SCHOOLS? CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN MY 2013 SCHOOL SURVEY

School Resource Officers—commonly known as SROs—are law enforcement officials, stationed at schools and tasked with improving safety and security.

In 2010, due to budget cuts, the New York State Police ended its School Resource Officer program, leaving many districts—like Central Square—to find a way to implement the service provided by the SROs on their own. 

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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR AREA LIBRARIES

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that she has secured special funding for 27 area libraries and library networks serving local communities.  The libraries—15 in Jefferson County, six in St. Lawrence and four in Oswego—will share $85,000 in special funding that’s in addition to a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries statewide.

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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $85,000 IN GRANTS TO AREA LIBRARIES

Special Funding Will Help 25 Libraries, 2 Library Networks

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that she has secured special funding for 25 area libraries and 2 library networks serving local communities.  The libraries—15 in Jefferson County, six in St. Lawrence and four in Oswego—will share $85,000 in special funding that’s in addition to a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries statewide.

“Today’s libraries are more than just places to find a great book. They are community centers that serve as excellent resources for researchers, job-seekers and families living on a budget,” said Senator Ritchie, who serves on the recently re-formed State Senate Select Committee on Libraries.

The Senate’s former leadership eliminated the library panel, but it was re-established—and Senator Ritchie was appointed a member—in 2012.

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AHEAD OF 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY, NORTH COUNTRY COLLEGES AFFIRM THEIR INDEPENDENCE

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Monday with the interim presidents of SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to mark the success of their shared services experiment and reaffirm the colleges’ independence as they move forward as independent institutions, each with its own presidents. 

 

At the event, which was held at SUNY Potsdam, officials signed a “memorandum of understanding” on shared services between the two colleges. 

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RITCHIE SECURES $150,000 TO KEEP ‘ATTAIN’ LAB OPEN

Center That Helps Job-Seekers, Adults and Children Hone Learning Skills Was Targeted for Closure by State

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RITCHIE: HELP OUR SCHOOLS MAKE THE GRADE

Senator Asks the Public to Weigh in Through 2013 School Survey

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the public to weigh in on schools in the Central and Northern New York region through her 2013 School Survey, which was launched this week.

The survey—which covers topics ranging from school safety to curriculum—is available here, and is designed to gather public opinion and ideas for use in the next legislative session, as Senator Ritchie continues to advocate for local education. 

“Here in the Central and Northern New York region, our schools are among the very best.  While our schools are excellent, as with anything, there are always opportunities for change and improvement, and that’s what this survey is about,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I plan on taking the feedback from this survey and using it to build upon work we have done to improve our state aid formula and ensure our rural and Upstate schools get the resources they need to provide top notch educational opportunities for our region’s students.”

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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $3,000 GRANT FOR PHOENIX PUBLIC LIBRARY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Phoenix Public Library Wednesday, to announce a special $3,000 grant she secured for the library.

Phoenix Public Library was one of 25 libraries and 2 library networks in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to share $85,000 in special funding.  The funding was in addition to a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries statewide. 

In addition to the Phoenix Public Library, in Oswego County, Parish Public Library, Pulaski Public Library and Williamstown Library will also receive special funding.

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A BRIGHT IDEA! SANDY CREEK HONORED BY SENATOR RITCHIE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

State Senator Patty Ritchie presented an official Senate Resolution to the Sandy Creek Central School District this week, congratulating the district on being named being named one of the top five “Energy STAR” schools in Central New York.

The Sandy Creek Central School District was named an “Energy STAR” school for improving its energy performance, managing energy strategically across the district and making cost-effective, energy-saving improvements. 

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