State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced new legislation to stop the state’s plans to close the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center’s inpatient care facilities, and give state mental health officials and community members additional time to seek alternatives..
The “Freeze Unsafe Closures Now Act,” S.5986, is jointly sponsored by Senator Ritchie and Senator Thomas Libous, the Deputy Senate Leader, whose district also is hard hit by the state’s plan that slashes inpatient mental health care.
“The state’s plan puts our most vulnerable citizens and children in danger, without a clear alternative that ensures sufficient, continued mental health care services close to home and in our communities,” Senator Ritchie said.
For the people of the North Country, the St. Lawrence Psych Center has been a “Center of Excellence” for more than 100 years. With today’s announcement, we are ensuring it continues to play a central role in delivering that quality and compassionate care, and serving our community.
Six months ago, the state Office of Mental Health announced that it was transforming mental health services in Northern New York. And for six months, members of this community—including clients, family members, employees and a far greater number of ordinary, concerned citizens—rallied, petitioned, organized and appealed for a better idea.
We set just three goals: maintaining inpatient mental health services in Northern New York; providing a stronger mental health safety net in our communities, and preserving and protecting critically needed local jobs.
Today, we achieved all three. With today’s announcement, we are assured that North Country families won’t have to endure an hours-long drive through dangerous winter storms to find appropriate care for our loved ones.
In light of the first rabies case for 2014 being confirmed last week in St. Lawrence County, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $25,000 in State Budget funding to help fight the disease in the North Country.
Three-Year Total of 'Fight the Bite' Funding Secured by Senator Ritchie Reaches $700,000
State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the new State Budget includes $275,000 to help Oswego County and Central New York "Fight the Bite" and prevent the spread of Eastern equine encephalitis, the mosquito-borne illness commonly known as EEE
Over three years, Senator Ritchie has secured a total of $700,000 in additional state budget funds for EEE prevention.
“Oswego County is a hotbed for EEE, and it’s so important that we remain vigilant in our work to protect ourselves from disease-spreading mosquitoes and prevent any future tragedies,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to have been able to secure this funding, which will go a long way towards raising awareness of this deadly virus and increasing prevention efforts.”
Will Take Place May 17th and June 14th at all 5 County Transfer Stations
State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining with Oswego County to “Fight the Bite” and stop the spread of EEE with free tire disposal events taking place on May 17th and June 14th. The events are being held in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
The events will allow Oswego County residents to drop off a maximum of eight tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived. Farm tractor tires will also be accepted, but must be cut into four pieces. Electronic waste, such as used TVs, computers and radios will also be accepted free of charge.
State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with local members of the United New York Ambulance Network in Albany. Included in the meeting were representatives of Seaway Valley Ambulance of St. Lawrence County and Guilfoyle Ambulance Service of Jefferson County.
Dispose of Up to Eight Tires With Usual $5 Per-Tire Fee Being Waived
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Central New York residents to “Fight the Bite” by getting rid of waste tires at free disposal events taking place Saturday across Oswego County.
Studies have shown that one waste tire can act as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes, which have the potential to carry deadly diseases like EEE. Last year, Oswego County residents disposed of more than 2,000 waste tires at similar free events sponsored by Senator Ritchie. In addition to this Saturday’s event, Senator Ritchie and Oswego County will also host free tire disposals on June 14th.
“There are a number of things we can do to prevent mosquito bites and control the number of mosquitoes around our homes. With each waste tire acting as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes, doing away with even a single tire that sits idle on one’s property can dramatically reduce the risk of getting bit,” said Senator Ritchie.
Ritchie-led Effort Part of County's 'Fight the Bite/Stop Triple-E' Campaign
Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie to “Fight the Bite” Saturday, disposing of more than 5,600 tires at free waste tire disposal events taking place throughout Oswego County. The total is nearly three times more tires than were collected at similar events last year.