The New York State "New Farmers Grant Fund," part of Senator Patty Ritchie's Young Farmers initiative, was created in 2014 to provide assistance to new and early stage farmers to encourage them to consider farming as a career, resulting in the growth of agribusiness across the state. The fund is administered by Empire State Development, a NYS agency.
In 2015, Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate's Agriculture Committee, fought for--and won--an increase in the grant fund to $1 million. Eligible new farmers can receive matching grants for up to $50,000 to help them start and grow their agribusiness.
Mosquito “Dunk” Kits Will Help Fight EEE, West Nile
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that homeowners and farmers will once again be able to take advantage of a free tool to help fight mosquitoes and the spread of the deadly EEE and West Nile viruses.
Available on a first come, first serve basis at Soil and Water District offices in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties, free larvicide “dunk” treatment kits are placed in standing water—where mosquitoes breed—and help to kill larvae for up to thirty days.
“The region I represent is a hotbed for mosquito borne diseases, and it’s important to remember that combating EEE, West Nile and other viruses is a team effort,” said Senator Ritchie.
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More than 400 job seekers packed the Fulton Community Ice Arena Tuesday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 2015 Oswego County Job Fair.
The annual event featured nearly 50 employers, many of which were looking to hire immediately.
“While creating jobs is a big part of boosting our economy, matching people seeking work with employers who are looking for talented individuals to join their team is a big part of the equation too,” said Senator Ritchie.
State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling out to residents of Central and Northern New York to be heard on the latest effort by state regulators to create a new area code for parts of the region now covered by 315. Senator Ritchie has created an online survey and comment form on her website to measure her constituents’ support for various plans that have been floated by the state Public Service Commission, which says the region could run out of available phone numbers in 2017.
New York's utility regulator, the Public Service Commission, is considering a plan to change the current 315 Area Code region, splitting the region in two or creating an "overlay" code that would be assigned to new phones and digital devices.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bipartisan legislation to provide mandate relief to counties by allowing them to retain more money collected at local DMV offices for work done on behalf of the state has passed the Senate.
Across New York State 51 out of 62 counties are required to operate a local DMV office where they process transactions and provide services required by the state. Under current law, the state takes more than 87 percent of all fees collected for work done by the county. As a result of Senator Ritchie’s measure (S.4964-A), the percentage of revenue retained by the local DMV office would increase.
Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature After Senate OK
The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a measure, sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, that boosts training for law enforcement to fight animal abuse.
“Animals don’t have a voice, and they rely on law enforcement to protect them from those who seek to hurt or put them in danger,” said Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. “This bill will help ensure that police and prosecutors know the law, and the tools that are available to them every day to help prevent, detect and stop animal cruelty.”
Senate Ag Chair Continues Push to Connect Consumers and Local Farmers
The State Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to help push more locally grown food onto consumers’ plates with a marketing campaign aimed at making them aware that products are “Grown in New York.”
The bill—S.519-A—creates the “Grown in New York” marketing program, which sets standards for producers who want to label their foods as local.
“More and more, consumers want to ‘eat local,’ not only for the nutritional value of fresh, wholesome, locally produced foods, but also to help support their local community and their local farmers,” said Senator Ritchie. “But it’s not always easy to tell if a product is truly local, since grocers can sell ‘local’ foods that are really produced hundreds of miles away, or even from a different state.”
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.
A new video describes the "Point Airy Vision," senator Patty Ritchie's plan to transform unused parcels at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg to create new jobs and economic development in the North Country.
In an effort to connect job seekers with employers looking to hire, State Senator Patty Ritchie will host her 2015 Job Fair on June 23rd in Fulton.
“One of the hardest parts of job searching is getting face to face time with potential employers,” said Senator Ritchie.
“My job fair makes it easy to connect with dozens of businesses and organizations that are looking to hire immediately. I'm encouraging anyone seeking a job or career change to visit my job fair on June 23rd.”