State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to improve transportation in the Town of Theresa by repairing a culvert that sits under a road in the municipality.
“Ensuring that our local communities have safe and reliable infrastructure—particularly when it comes to our roadways—is a top priority for me,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will help the Town of Theresa not only upgrade its transportation network, but also improve safety for local residents.”
According to Town officials, funding will be used to repair a culvert under the Countryman Road, which is frequently used by school buses.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 in special funding to improve transportation in Oswego County by replacing culverts in the Towns of Hannibal and West Monroe.
“Doing things like replacing culverts and repairing roads helps to improve our local communities by making transportation more efficient and safer for local residents,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will allow the Towns of Hannibal and West Monroe manage the costs associated with making necessary improvements to their roadways.”
According to Town officials, funding will be used to replace culverts on Parson’s Road in the Town of Hannibal and on Morey Road in the Town of West Monroe.
“Parson’s Road is roadway frequented by many people on a near daily basis to help them get from point A to point B,” said Hannibal Town Supervisor Ron Greenleaf. “We thank Senator Ritchie for this essential funding and for recognizing just how important it is to provide our residents with a safe transportation network.”
Request Comes As Governor Proposes Expansion of “Taste NY” Initiative
As Governor Cuomo works to expand “Taste NY”—a program designed to highlight locally grown and produced food and products—Senator Ritchie is urging the placement of a Taste NY retail store at the now-closed Hastings rest area on I-81.
The request comes after the Governor this week proposed an expansion of Taste NY, setting goals to add Taste NY retail stores in strategic locations and triple gross sales of participating vendors in the coming year. In her letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Ritchie suggests reopening the rest area between exits 32 and 31, which has sat vacant since 2010 and adding a Taste NY retail location in an effort to welcome visitors and highlight local products.
“Heavily traveled by local residents as well as a significant number of Canadian shoppers going to and from Syracuse, I-81 would be a great location for featuring items grown and produced locally including wine, craft beer, maple syrup, fresh produce such as apples and onions, dairy products and so much more,” said Senator Ritchie in her letter.
Also Selected to Serve On Other Key Committees, Including Finance and Transportation
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been reappointed as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and in addition, was named to the powerful Finance and Transportation Committees.
“In recent years we’ve made great progress to grow the agriculture industry, increasing funding for critical programs and making investments in initiatives that support our state’s hardworking farmers,” said Senator Ritchie. "I am thrilled to once again be named as Chair of the Agriculture Committee and am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues and New York’s farmers to help the industry continue to grow.”
Since first being appointed Senate Agriculture Committee Chair in 2011, Senator Ritchie has led the charge to increase funding for critical agriculture programs by more than $21 million above the Executive’s recommendation, repeal costly mandates affecting farmers, launch new initiatives including the innovative “Young Farmers NY”—a program that aims to protect the future of agriculture by attracting young people to careers in the industry—and leading the fight against deadly diseases like EEE and rabies.
Did you know that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely than those traveling by car to die in a crash? According to the most recent numbers available from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2013, there were more than 5,100 motorcycle crashes statewide. Those crashes resulted in 171 deaths and more than 5,000 injuries.
This month, we make an extra effort to increase the safety of our roadways through “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,” a time when those who travel our roadways are encouraged not only to be extra alert, but also to make an extra effort to learn how to more safely share the road with others. If you travel on four wheels, here are some safety tips for staying safe:
Participants Agree to Find Better Safety Markings for Buggies
In an effort to help the North Country public and the region’s Amish population more safely share the road, State Senator Patty Ritchie brought together St. Lawrence County Legislators, law enforcement and Amish leaders to explore different ways to improve markings on buggies and announced that by using a state grant she had secured, St. Lawrence County recently finished installing more than 100 new warning signs to alert motorists to buggies traveling on roadways.
“St. Lawrence County is home to the fastest growing Amish population in our state, and while they have different beliefs and customs, members of the Amish community have become a significant part of our community—living working and investing in our region,” said Senator Ritchie.
Senator Patty Ritchie and St. Lawrence County leaders announced an historic agreement with members of the state's fastest-growing Amish community to improve markings on their horse-drawn buggies to make them more easily seen at night.