Asks Health Commissioner To Reconsider New Regulations
State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the New York State Department of Health to ease new regulations that could close down local summer youth programs by classifying traditional children’s activities and games like “capture the flag,” horseshoes, cooking, wiffleball and even “red rover” as posing “significant risk of injury.”
State health department officials want to reclassify many summer youth recreational activities as “children’s day camps” that would give agency officials broad regulatory authority over them.
Sessions In Ogdensburg, Canton, Massena, Star Lake To Aid Community Groups
State Senator Patty Ritchie and the New York State Department of Health are cosponsoring four workshops in St. Lawrence County on safe food handling techniques for churches and not for profit groups.
"These events are vital to community-based organizations. I am hoping that by working together we can insure the public's health is protected while our communities can continue to host these events that are such an important part of the fabric of small town life," Senator Ritchie said. "The workshops are being held in the wake of the cancellation of two chili cook offs last February and questions raised about community dinners. With the summer chicken barbecue season just around the corner, it's critical that everyone knows what's expected."
State Senator Patty Ritchie says her bill to provide training and certification for specialized search and rescue teams, inspired by Oswego County’s Search and Rescue Team, will enhance emergency service capabilities across upstate New York.
“Every year emergency personnel across the state are called out to help search for people who are lost in wilderness areas as well as neighborhoods,” Senator Ritchie said. “It’s been established that the same skills and courses developed by our state’s forest rangers to search for people lost in wilderness areas can dramatically improve the success of searches anywhere else. This legislation will encourage emergency personnel to obtain the additional training that’s available that would help them be more effective when someone turns up missing.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie said a bill (S4005A) she cosponsored that was passed by the Senate today will insure that families with autistic children will have their treatments covered by insurance.
“It’s outrageous that families have been told that their insurance will not cover therapeutic care, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy,” Senator Ritchie said. “I am proud that I was able to vote to insure that families will no longer be discriminated against if they have a family member with autism spectrum disorder when they buy or renew health insurance.”
Infected St. Lawrence Co. Horse is Latest Incident of Disease That Claimed Child
State Senator Patty Ritchie is again calling on state officials for answers after a St. Lawrence County horse reportedly died from the same mosquito-borne illness that had claimed the life of a four-year-old Oswego County girl.
Sept. 14 At Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds In Watertown
State Senator Patty Ritchie along with the Jefferson County Office for the Aging invites the community to her 2011 Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Sept. 14 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street in Watertown.
“The Senior Health and Wellness Expo will provide a one stop experience for people who want to meet and talk to health care professionals,” Senator Ritchie said. “Whether you want to check your blood pressure, get tips on how to keep fit, or get free health screenings, this event will help you preserve your health.”