Sportsmen in New York State support an expansion of crossbow hunting, and a law that would require the DEC to offer “gift cards” that could be used to pay sportsmen’s fees and oppose lowering the junior hunting age, according to Senator Ritchie’s 2012 Sportsmen’s Survey.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently joined military veterans for a pheasant hunt at the Basswoods Lodge and Hunting Preserve in Rensselaer Falls. The 3rd annual free event was sponsored by several area businesses.
While many people across the state are missing the sunny skies and warm temperatures, there’s another part of the population that’s welcoming the cool weather and shorter days with open arms: sportsmen.
Hunting and fishing are two of the most popular forms of outdoor recreation in New York State. In fact, nearly 700,000 New Yorkers, and more than 50,000 people from out of state take to our forests, streams and fields every season to take advantage of the wide variety of terrain and wildlife we have to offer.
Suggestion by Senator Ritchie Included in Governor’s
New Plan to Boost Tourism
State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a number of new initiatives aimed at drawing Canadian tourists to New York State and boosting cross-border commerce.
The efforts were unveiled Wednesday at the Capitol during the Governor’s first-ever New York State Tourism Summit. As a roundtable participant at the event, Senator Ritchie spoke about opportunities for expanding and better showcasing tourism in Central and Northern New York.
Specifically, Senator Ritchie —who is a member of the Senate's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee—spoke about identifying ways to target Canadian consumers, and suggested improving signage to highlight destinations in Central and Northern New York.
State Senator Patty Ritchie helped wrap up the Bassmaster Elite Tournament on Sunday in Waddington, as the four day fishing extravaganza drew to a close.
The “Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River,” tournament attracted the country’s top anglers and thousands of fishing enthusiasts to St. Lawrence County, with Idaho native Brandon Palaniuk taking home the weekend’s top prize and earning a spot in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
Building Ties with our Neighbor as a Way to Create Jobs Back Home
State Senator Patty Ritchie took her International Border Legislative Caucus initiative on the road Friday, and travelled to Brockville, Ontario, to discuss tourism, economic development and cultural opportunities with Canada’s leaders.
Senator Ritchie met with Canadian federal and provincial representatives who are members of the Caucus she co-founded in 2011 with Senator Joe Griffo, at the shorefront Bud’s on the Bay restaurant in downtown Brockville, for a far-ranging discussion that included topics like promoting locally produced wines and agricultural products, fishing and outdoor opportunities, and finding solutions to extended wait times at border check points.
In addition to Senator Ritchie, participants at the meeting included Canadian Senator Robert Runciman, who is the Canadian co-chair of the Caucus; Gordon Brown, a member of Canada’s Parliament, from Brockville, Steve Clark, a member of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament, representing Leeds-Grenville, Clayton Supervisor Justin Taylor, Ogdensburg City Manager John Pinkerton and St. Lawrence County Legislator Joseph Lightfoot.
State Senator Patty Ritchie visited with the Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department at its 77th annual bullhead dinner on Friday. Begun in 1937 as a community fundraiser, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) has honored the event as a living example of what was once a mainstay in rural communities across the state.