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A NEW LEVEL OF PROTECTION FOR PETS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

July 28, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH CNY ARTIST VIVIAN GOLDING

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Oswego County artist, Vivian Golding, whose computer- generated still life “Sprig of Flowers” had been on display in the Senator’s Oswego office since last fall.

July 25, 2014
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RITCHIE TOURS MULTI-USE TRAIL SYSTEM

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently toured parts of St. Lawrence County’s Multi-Use Trail System as part of an event held to celebrate the outdoor recreational opportunities the trails provide. 

The trails are designed to be used for activities during all four seasons of the year, including walking, ATVs, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and more.  

July 25, 2014
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MORE THAN 150 POUNDS OF PILLS DISPOSED OF AT RITCHIE “SHED THE MEDS” EVENT

Thousands of individual pills totaling more than 150 pounds were disposed of at State Senator Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” event, held Tuesday in Ogdensburg.

Hosted in conjunction with the Ogdensburg Police Department and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, the event provided residents with a safe, responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medicines, which can pose a danger to children and pets. In addition, improper disposal can also pollute lakes and streams.  Among the pills disposed of were painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times the gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin. 

“The thousands of prescription pills disposed of at my “Shed the Meds” event will go a long way towards our goals of preventing drug abuse, keeping our drinking water clean and stopping pills from getting in the hands of children or being consumed by pets,” said Senator Ritchie.

July 23, 2014
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO CREATE ST. LAWRENCE WINE TRAIL

Legislation Will Boost Tourism, Create Jobs by Putting Local Wineries on the Map

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her legislation to put North Country wineries on the map, create jobs and boost the economy has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Ritchie’s bill (S.6321-A) creates the “St. Lawrence Wine Trail,” highlighting for tourists and residents the increasing number of wines being produced locally. 

“In recent years a significant number of new wineries have popped up across New York State—and that includes a number of new establishments that are right here in our backyard,” said Senator  Ritchie. 

“The creation of the St. Lawrence Wine Trail is a chance for the North Country to capitalize on the fast-growing wine industry.  By putting these local businesses on the map, we can boost tourism, create jobs, encourage more people to shop local as well as strengthen current wineries and encourage more new businesses to open.”

July 22, 2014
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BUILDING BRIGHTER COMMUNITIES, PAGE BY PAGE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Where can you get books, learning tools, technology and more, all under one roof?  The answer is your library.  Each and every year, our local libraries are becoming more significant parts of our local communities, offering families and individuals not only opportunities for learning but also for entertainment, cultural experiences, job-searching tools and so much more. 

July 21, 2014
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RITCHIE WISHES NNY RESIDENT A HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY

State Senator Patty Ritchie stopped by the home of Keitha Woodall recently, to wish the Gouverneur resident a happy 100th birthday. 

In recognition of the milestone, Senator Ritchie presented Keitha with an official Senate Resolution. 

July 18, 2014
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RITCHIE HEARS JOB FAIR SUCCESS STORY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited a crew from CNY Roofers Local 195 recently at a construction site just south of Oswego County.  Among those working was Patrick Yonker, a veteran who landed his job at a recent job fair hosted by Senator Ritchie. 

July 18, 2014
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RITCHIE INVITES ST. LAWRENCE RESIDENTS TO ‘SHED THE MEDS’

Teams with County Sheriff, Ogdensburg PD to Host Free Prescription Drug Disposal Event July 22nd 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting residents of St. Lawrence County to clean out their medicine cabinets and drawers and bring their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medicines to a special event for free, safe disposal.

Senator Ritchie is teaming with St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells and the Ogdensburg Police Department to sponsor the free event next Tuesday, July 22, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Ogdensburg Fire Station, 718 Ford Street.

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“Nearly everyone has leftover, unwanted or expired prescription drugs lying somewhere around the house,” Senator Ritchie said. “But these pills can pose a danger to children and pets, they can find their way into the hands of pill abusers, and improper disposal threatens our water, lakes and streams. Events like this allow people to get rid of unneeded medicine in a safe and responsible way.”

“Pill abuse has been directly linked to the growing problem of heroin usage across the US, and there have been a number of stories nationally involving abusers who break into homes, especially those belonging to seniors, in search of unused drugs,” said Sheriff Wells. “Properly disposing of drugs you no longer need or want helps keep these pills from getting into the wrong hands."

July 16, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE SECURES $148,000 FOR LOCAL LIBRARIES

More than 50 Libraries to Receive Support to Enhance Services

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $148,000 in special funding to help enhance services at libraries throughout Central and Northern New York.

 

“Libraries are extremely important parts of our communities in Central and Northern New York for a number of reasons; offering patrons opportunities to access books, technology, culture and a myriad of other types of information and entertainment,” said Senator Ritchie. 

July 14, 2014
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GETTING HOOKED ON FISHING IN CNY, NNY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Whether it’s on the mighty St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond, or any of the other many bodies of water that dot our region, there’s not much that’s better than casting your line on a summer day. 

Not only is fishing a way of life here in Central and Northern New York, it’s also a major economic driver; helping to reel in $1.8 billion annually for our state.  While this industry helps to create jobs and has a significant impact on our bottom line, there’s still plenty of room for growth and countless opportunities for attracting even more sportsmen to our region. 

July 14, 2014
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RITCHIE PAYS TRIBUTE TO TROOPS AT MOUNTAIN REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie paid tribute to fallen troops recently at Fort Drum’s annual Mountain Remembrance ceremony. 

July 11, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $40,000 TO PROVIDE ANTI-DRUG ABUSE COUNSELING, EDUCATION IN CNY SCHOOLS

Funding Will Expand Programs to All Oswego County School Districts  

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $40,000 to restore anti-drug abuse counseling and education programs to all school districts in Oswego County.    

July 10, 2014
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TAKING CAUTION AGAINST TICKS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 7, 2014
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RITCHIE GRANT WILL HELP BRING BUSINESS, JOBS TO OGDENSBURG PORT

Senator Patty Ritchie announced a special $200,000 state grant to help kickstart a long-needed dredging of the Ogdensburg Port. Decades of sediment buildup are making it more difficult for ships to enter the port, driving up costs and making  the facility less attractive to shippers.

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July 7, 2014
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LET THE MUSIC PLAY: RITCHIE SECURES FUNDING FOR HIGH SCHOOL BANDS

Funding Will Help Budding Musicians in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $59,000 in special funding to help support local high school marching bands throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.

Included in the funding is $5,000 for Pulaski High School; aid which helped to make a trip to represent New York State in the National Fourth of July Parade in Washington D.C. possible.  Students—who spent a great deal of time recently fundraising for the trip—departed Thursday morning for the event, which will take place on Friday.

“As a former high school band member myself, I know that activities like this help students build invaluable life skills and also allow them to further develop their musical talents,” said Senator Ritchie.

July 3, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO DREDGE OGDENSBURG PORT

$200,000 Kickstarts Project to Bring More Shipments, Jobs to the Facility 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has secured $200,000 in special state grant funding to start dredging at the Port of Ogdensburg.

“The future of Ogdensburg’s deep water port is at risk from 30 years of silt build up that makes docking more difficult, dangerous and costly,” said Senator Ritchie. “This funding helps kickstart the dredging project, protects jobs and adds to the Port’s potential to increase shipping and work opportunities.”

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In addition to jobs created by the dredging and silt removal project, the Port itself supports 70 jobs and pumps more than $5 million into the local economy each year.

It was last dredged in 1984, and the rising river bottom from accumulated silt could sink recently expanded efforts to attract new business, and create more local jobs.

July 2, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMED TO NATIONWIDE VETERANS PANEL

Group Will Explore Ways to Improve Services, Outreach to Those Who Served

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been picked to be part of a nationwide group looking at ways to improve services and outreach to veterans and active members of America’s military.

The Council of State Governments “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs” includes legislators and elected state leaders from across the country. The panel is charged with identifying key veterans’ issues and best-practices that are already in use in various states. The group’s findings will be used to help draft legislative proposals in New York and other states to aid veterans.

“As the State Senator who represents the largest military post in the Northeast, and tens of thousands of veterans who served from World War II to the continuing battles against terrorism, I’ve given top priority to the needs of veterans and active duty members of our military,” said Senator Ritchie, whose district includes Fort Drum, home to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

July 1, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $75,000 TO FIGHT GOOSE BAY WEEDS

Funding Will Help Clear the Bay for Outdoor Recreation

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in special funding to combat invasive weeds on Goose Bay; a top tourist and fishing destination in the North Country.

June 30, 2014
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