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.
Agriculture leaders from throughout New York State will share insights on regulations and mandates affecting their industry at a public forum being held Thursday in Watertown.
The event is one of a series of industry-specific public forums on regulatory reform, being held in a bipartisan effort to identify and eliminate costly government regulations.
Those in attendance will share their opinions with Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator David Valesky and Senator Kathleen Marchione.
Video of the 9/18 bipartisan public hearing on regulatory reform, with a special emphasis on agriculture, that was hosted by Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie, at the State Office Building in Watertown.
We all know that one of the keys to a booming economy is creating jobs. But what’s the driving force behind allowing businesses to expand and grow employment opportunities? Cutting red tape. For years, New York has been known for its high taxes and regulations. As state senator, it’s a top priority for me to not only cut taxes, but also to do away with burdensome regulations that hinder the growth of businesses in the Central and Northern New York region.
Recently, I was pleased to be part of an effort to collect ideas from small businesses, farmers, manufacturers and other employers on ways to cut red tape. That effort identified 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that employers believe puts New York at a competitive disadvantage for attracting and creating jobs.
Part of this initiative included industry-specific public forums that took place throughout New York State. I hosted one of the first of these sessions in Watertown, focusing on agriculture.
Dozens of Ready-to-Hire Businesses Featured at April 3rd Event
State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking all those looking for work to mark their calendars for her annual St. Lawrence County Job Fair. Taking place on April 3rd, the free event will feature dozens of businesses looking to hire as well as opportunities for individuals to access tools to make their job search easier.
“It’s no secret that there are a significant number of people in our region who are looking for work,” said Senator Ritchie.
“One of my top priorities is creating jobs, but that’s just part of the puzzle. Getting our economy back on track also depends on matching people with employers who are looking for talented, hardworking individuals who can make a difference, and that’s what this event does.”
Five—that’s the number of books experts say students need to read over the summer to prevent what’s known as “summer learning loss,” the loss of knowledge and skills that occurs during summer vacation.
Preventing learning loss is key to ensuring students are able to build upon what they’ve already been taught and be successful when they head back to the classroom in the fall. That’s why I’m once again partnering with local libraries and taking part in the New York State Senate’s 2015 Summer Reading Program. The special program—which is hosted along with the New York State Library—helps children have fun as they continue to build their reading skills throughout the summer months. This year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” celebrates heroes in literature.