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A NEW CHAPTER FOR THE OGDENSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY: RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $50,000 IN FUNDING TO HELP WITH IMPROVEMENTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has delivered $50,000 in special funding to assist the Ogdensburg Public Library with major repairs, including the replacement of the facility’s stucco exterior and new stairs outside the building. 

“As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, I have worked very hard to help secure critically needed construction funding for community libraries across Northern and Central New York,” Senator Ritchie said. 

“Libraries like the Ogdensburg Public Library are centers of our communities and these types of projects allow libraries to better serve the families and individuals who rely on them for books, entertainment, educational offerings and so much more.”

September 1, 2015
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September 1, 2015
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 FOR WATERTOWN ARENA OVERHAUL

Watertown Municipal Arena Renovations to be Completed by Spring of 2016

As renovations to the Watertown Municipal Arena continue, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help cover costs associated with the major overhaul of the facility, which is expected to be completed by spring of 2016.

“From ice hockey to concerts, the Watertown Municipal Arena has been utilized for decades by countless individuals and families on a year-round basis,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will allow the arena to continue to provide the entertainment, recreational activities and community events that make the North Country a more attractive place to live or visit.”

August 25, 2015
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GOING BACK TO SCHOOL ON A BUDGET

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

August 24, 2015
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RITCHIE: NEARLY 4,500 WASTE TIRES DISPOSED OF AT OSWEGO COUNTY TIRE TAKE BACK EVENTS

Brings Two Year Total of Tires Collected to Nearly 40,000

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that nearly 4,500 waste tires totaling nearly 70 tons have been eliminated as a result of last weekend’s free waste tire drop off events, held in Oswego County.  Tires disposed of brings the two year total of tires eliminated through the Senator’s initiative aimed at protecting public health and the environment, as well as cleaning up our region, to nearly 40,000, which translates to roughly 560 tons of tires.

“My free waste tire disposal initiative has been key to not only helping to clean up roadsides and yards littered with waste tires, but also to protecting the public health and environment in the counties I represent,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 19, 2015
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FAST FACTS ABOUT THE FAIR

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

August 17, 2015
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RITCHIE VISITS WITH “ROYALTY” AT THE GOUVERNEUR & ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY FAIR

During her recent stop at the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair, State Senator Patty Ritchie had the opportunity to visit with St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess Megan Parkman and St. Lawrence County Dairy Ambassador Cameron Chester. 

As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Ritchie is focused on boosting business for farmers, as well as encouraging young people to enter into careers in agriculture.  During their discussion, St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess Megan Parkman and St. Lawrence County Dairy Ambassador Cameron Chester talked with the Senator about growing the dairy industry in St. Lawrence County.

August 14, 2015
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RITCHIE MEETS NEW FORT DRUM GARRISON COMMANDER

State Senator Patty Ritchie met new Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Bryan Laske this week, at a special ceremony to mark the groundbreaking of a new monument at Watertown’s Thompson Park to honor 10th Mountain Division troops.

August 14, 2015
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DON’T FORGET: FREE WASTE TIRE DROP OFF TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY

Ritchie-Sponsored Events Happening at Transfer Stations Across Oswego County 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Oswego County residents that another round of free waste tire disposal events will take place on Saturday, August 15th from 8:00 a.m. to noon at transfer stations throughout Oswego County.

“Mosquitoes are small, but as we’ve seen, they can be deadly,” said Senator Ritchie.  “Waste tires have the potential to act as breeding ground for up to one million of these dangerous insects, and with every waste tire disposed of we are cutting down on the chances of someone contracting mosquito borne diseases like EEE or West Nile.”

August 13, 2015
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LOCAL LIBRARIES TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $250,000 IN FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION UPGRADES

Funding Will be Used to Make Energy Efficient Upgrades, Improve Handicapped Accessibility and More 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that eight libraries throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties will receive more than $250,000 in public library construction funds to make upgrades to their facilities.

“More and more frequently libraries are being used by people across our region for everything from job hunting resources to checking out today’s bestsellers,” said Senator Ritchie, who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, a group charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.

August 11, 2015
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A TRIBUTE TO OUR TROOPS: RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 FOR 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION MONUMENT

Groundbreaking to Take Place August 12th at Thompson Park 

In advance of its groundbreaking Wednesday, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to assist with the construction of a new monument at Watertown’s historic Thompson Park that will honor the sacrifices made by 10th Mountain Division soldiers.

“Here in our region, support for our soldiers is something that we see every day—whether it’s a ‘thank you’ to someone in uniform or a yellow ribbon placed outside one’s home,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 11, 2015
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HELPING THE HUNGRY IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

August 11, 2015
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THE NUMBERS ARE IN! JEFFERSON COUNTY RESIDENTS DISPOSE OF NEARLY 5,000 TIRES AT RITCHIE’S FREE DROP OFF EVENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that Jefferson County residents disposed of nearly 5,000 waste tires totaling 70 tons at a free drop off event hosted last weekend. 

The first of its kind in Jefferson County, Senator Ritchie’s free waste tire drop off was the most recent in a series of similar events she has hosted in St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties, which aim to help clean up our region and rid roadsides and yards of waste tires that have the potential to act as breeding ground for up to one million disease-carrying mosquitoes. So far, more than 35,000 tires have been collected in the region Senator Ritchie represents through her waste tire drop off events.

August 7, 2015
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FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF EEE, RITCHIE REMINDS RESIDENTS OF WASTE TIRE DROP OFF ON AUGUST 15TH

Free Event Aimed at Stopping Spread of Mosquito Borne Diseases 

In light of this week’s discovery of the mosquito borne EEE virus, State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Oswego County residents to dispose of waste tires at her free drop off events taking place on Saturday August 15th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The free disposal events are part of a continuing effort by Senator Ritchie and local community leaders to not only clean up our region, but also to stop the spread of mosquito borne diseases like EEE and West Nile, as it’s estimated that one single waste tire can act as breeding ground for one million  mosquitoes.  In recent years, residents in Central and Northern New York have eliminated more than 35,000 waste tires through Senator Ritchie’s free drop off events.

August 7, 2015
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RITCHIE HOSTS FIRST MEETING OF “UPSTATE WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL”

State Senator Patty Ritchie this week hosted the first meeting of the “Upstate Women’s Leadership Council,” a group aimed increasing opportunities for the personal and professional advancement of women throughout the Central and Northern New York regions. 

“Today, women are doing big things,” said Senator Ritchie.  “More and more frequently, females are found serving at the helm of businesses and organizations, being elected to office and taking on different leadership roles within our community.”

“The Upstate Women’s Leadership Council seeks to tap into the expertise of our local leaders to help to inspire other women who want to follow in their footsteps.”

August 6, 2015
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FOCUSING ON FISHING IN NEW YORK STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

August 3, 2015
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST FREE WASTE TIRE DROP OFF ON SATURDAY

Event to Take Place in Jefferson County from 7:30 a.m. to Noon 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Jefferson County residents that they can dispose of waste tires for free at a special event on Saturday August 1st.

Hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Solid Waste Department, the free drop off is aimed at cleaning up the county and reducing the risk of disease, as one waste tire can act as breeding ground for up to one million mosquitoes, which carry deadly illnesses such as EEE and West Nile. 

“Many people don’t realize that waste tires aren’t just unsightly, they also can be harmful to our environment and pose a threat to public health,” said Senator Ritchie.

July 30, 2015
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RITCHIE REELS IN $150,000 FOR LOCAL FISHING TOURNAMENTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $150,000 in special funding to help boost tourism by promoting fishing tournaments throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.

Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will support more than a dozen tournaments throughout the region she represents.  Included in the total funding is $20,000 for the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at the St. Lawrence River, which will take place this week in Waddington. 

“Whether you’re a competitive angler or someone who likes to fish for fun, there’s no disputing that fishing is a big part of our way of life here in Central and Northern New York,” said Senator Ritchie.

July 28, 2015
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STAYING COOL IN THE HEAT OF SUMMER

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 28, 2015
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SCORE! RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO HELP MASSENA GIRLS HOCKEY TEAM PURCHASE NEW UNIFORMS

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $3,000 in funding for the purchase of new uniforms for the Massena Lady Raiders Hockey Team, which took home the team’s first-ever state title earlier this year when they defeated the Kenmore Devil Dogs 3-0 in Buffalo.

“Through their winning of the state championship, the members of the Massena Lady Raiders Hockey Team all have demonstrated that dedication and teamwork pay off,” said Senator Ritchie.

July 24, 2015
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