Patty Ritchie's posts related to Seniors

Turning 65? Cut Your Property Taxes with Enhanced Star

Since I took office last month, I have been working to find ways to help reduce our state's tax burden on families. That's been the number one issue raised by families I talk to who tell me how difficult it is for them to pay their bills, their mortgage and property taxes.If you or any member of your family is turning 65 this year, make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to possibly reduce your school taxes by taking advantage of New York State’s School Tax Relief Program known as STAR.You have until March 1st in most communities to apply for this program that can help you lower your property tax payment.You are probably already aware of the Basic STAR which is available to anyone who earns less than $500,000 a year.

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SENATOR RITCHIE REMINDS SENIORS OF ENHANCED STAR DEADLINES

Urges Central and Northern New Yorkers to not miss out on important property tax savingsState Senator Patty Ritchie urged residents of Central and Northern New York who will be 65 or older this year to check to see whether they qualify for an additional reduction in their property taxes. Deadlines to apply for the Enhanced STAR property tax relief program--available to homeowners who turn 65 or older this year--are fast approaching. "Since I took office last month, I have been working to find ways to help reduce our state's tax burden on families," said Senator Ritchie. "That's been the number one issue raised by families I talk to who tell me how difficult it is for them to pay their bills, their mortgage and property taxes."

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SENATOR RITCHIE RETURNS ‘GOLD STAR’ PLATES

DMV had denied mother’s tribute to her fallen son

State Senator Patty Ritchie today returned two “Gold Star Mother” license plates to an elderly Central New York woman who was forced to surrender them to Motor Vehicles officials who said she couldn’t keep them as a tribute to her only son, killed in Vietnam.

Ethel Barnes proudly displayed the plates, bearing the distinctive number “46,” to honor and remember her only son, Robert, who died in 1967. DMV required her to turn in the plates when she said she would no longer be driving, denying her request to keep one as part of a family memorial she had planned for her son.

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RITCHIE URGES: CHECK NEIGHBORS AND PETS IN EXTREME HEAT

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging Central and Northern New Yorkers to check frequently on the elderly and those who live alone, as well as to take extra care with family pets, to protect them from soaring temperatures in what is already being called one of the worst heat waves in years.

The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat Watch alerts for Oswego and Jefferson Counties through Thursday, as temperatures soar and remain in the 90s. Heat is the number one, weather-related cause of death in the US, claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined, they said.

“While we are all doing what we can to find relief for ourselves from the current heat wave, I am urging residents also to think about elderly neighbors, those who live alone, people with special needs, and helpless pets who are also suffering from heat and, in many cases, may be even more vulnerable to its effects,” Senator Ritchie said.

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SENATOR RITCHIE VISITS ELDERLY DURING HEAT WAVE

Urging Central and Northern New Yorkers to think of elderly, home bound in current heat wave

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited several elderly residents in her hometown of Heuvelton on Thursday, delivering ice cream and cold water to help them beat the heat.

"I've been urging residents of Central and Northern New York to check on their elderly neighbors to see how they are doing during the heat wave," Senator Ritchie said. "It's rare when temperatures rise like this so it's important for everyone to look out for each other."

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SENATOR RITCHIE PLANS SENIOR HEALTH, WELLNESS EXPO

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.”

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SENATOR RITCHIE’S SENIOR HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO OFFERS 51 EXHIBITORS

Sept. 14 At Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds In Watertown

State Senator Patty Ritchie and the Jefferson County Office for the Aging have lined up more than 51 exhibitors to her 2011 Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street in Watertown.

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SENATOR RITCHIE'S JEFFERSON COUNTY SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO 2011

Special thanks to the Jefferson County Office for the Aging, Froggy 97, and the over 1500 seniors who turned out and made my first Senior health and wellness Expo such a success.

SEN. RITCHIE SENDS HURRICANE RELIEF SUPPLIES TO SCHOHARIE VALLEY

Thanks Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties for Donations

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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES OSWEGO SENIOR HEALTH EXPO

** UPDATED LIST OF EXHIBITORS AND SERVICES BELOW **

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will be hosting a Senior Health and Wellness Expo in Fulton, at the War Memorial, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

The event is free, and will feature over 50 exhibitors on health and wellness, health catre, senior nutrition and fitness, and other services.

There will also be free flu shot, health screenings and refreshments.

Over 1500 seniors attended a similiar event in September in Watertown. That was a new record for attendance at such an event.

You can view a video report on that event here.

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