Students and Families Recruited in Latest Effort to Raise Awareness and Stop EEE
State Senator Patty Ritchie is once again teaming with Oswego County health officials and educators to raise awareness and help fight the deadly mosquito-borne disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.
This week, Senator Ritchie distributed more than 20,000 EEE educational flyers to all nine Oswego County school districts. The flyers contain information about EEE and ways that residents can protect themselves, and was created in cooperation with Oswego County’s Health Department and the family of Maggie Sue Wilcox, the little New Haven girl who died in 2011 after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
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:
Community Sprang Into Action to Avert Possible Rabies Outbreak
State Senator Patty Ritchie today honored eight St. Lawrence County residents with the prestigious New York State Senate Liberty Medal for their work to stop a major health emergency, after a farmer and other members of the local Amish community were exposed to a rabid horse.
The eight, including a veterinarian, several county public health workers, concerned community volunteers, and employees of a regional farmer cooperative with deep ties to area Amish, all played key and potentially lifesaving roles in identifying and locating individuals in the normally isolated community who could have been exposed to rabies, and required preventive treatment.
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding residents of St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties that she will be hosting a second round of free waste tire disposal events on Saturday, May 9th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
The events are part of an ongoing effort by Senator Ritchie and local community leaders to clean up our region, eliminate breeding ground for mosquitoes that could spread diseases—like Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE—and protect the environment. The disposal events are funded through special grants that Senator Ritchie secured in the State Budget to help “Fight the Bite” and prevent EEE and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Senator to Present New York State Senate Liberty Medals at Friday Ceremony
State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor several individuals with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal on Friday, for their role in helping to prevent what could have been a major public health tragedy for the region’s Amish population.
Last winter, St. Lawrence County Public Health officials discovered a horse owned by a local Amish family had contracted rabies, with their investigation indicating that the animal had come into contact with several people and other horses.
Effort Seen As a Way to Help Women Succeed, Inspire Future Leaders
Rep. Elise Stefanik, State Senator Patty Ritchie and Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert, joined by other local leaders, today announced formation of the “Upstate Women’s Leadership Council.”
The nonpartisan, non-political group is aimed at increasing opportunities for women’s personal and professional advancement and inspiring a next generation of leaders across Northern and Central New York.
“Today, more and more women are stepping up to the plate, in academics, business, medicine and public service,” said Senator Ritchie. “The Upstate Women’s Leadership Council’s aim is to help these women and others find success in their chosen fields, and inspire women of every age—but especially young women—to reach for higher goals and become our next generation’s leaders,” Senator Ritchie said.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced passage of legislation she cosponsored to honor Lieutenant Colonel Todd Clark, a 17-year Army veteran and member of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion Combat Team, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013.
The measure passed Wednesday would name a portion of the state highway system, near Lt. Col. Clark’s hometown of Albany, the "Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway.”
“While Lt. Col. Clark was a native of Albany, I was proud to represent him when he was stationed at Fort Drum,” said Senator Ritchie.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced passage of legislation she cosponsored to honor Lieutenant Colonel Todd Clark, a 17-year Army veteran and member of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion Combat Team, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013. The measure—Senate bill 2290—passed Wednesday and would name a portion of the state highway system, near Lt. Col. Clark’s hometown of Albany, the "Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway.” “While Lt. Col. Clark was a native of Albany, I was proud to represent him when he was stationed at Fort Drum,” said Senator Ritchie.
Funding to Support Library Addition, Heating for Arena
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the Town of Clayton with costs associated with upgrades being made at the Depauville Free Library and Cerow Recreation Park arena.
A portion of the capital funding will be aimed at assisting the Depauville Free Library with the building of an addition that will include a children’s room and improvements to make the library more handicapped accessible. The remainder of the funding will be used to construct a radiant heating system in the mezzanine—which currently isn’t heated—of the Cerow Recreation Park Arena.
State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed Zakiya Saunders, a graduate of Carthage High School and member of the UAlbany women's basketball team to the State Capitol Monday, as the squad was recognized for their play in the 2015 NCAA tournament.
It’s hard to believe, that in many places across the county, many women are still being paid less than their male counterparts for the same work. In fact, repeated studies have shown that despite a 50-year-old federal law aimed at prohibiting paycheck discrimination, women continue to earn just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men doing the exact same job.
These disparities in pay are not fair. That’s why, for more than two years, I’ve been working to strengthen New York’s law to stop that practice. Now, I’m pleased to report that, after first passing the Senate in January, the bill has now finally cleared the Assembly, where it was being held hostage by the Majority party over politics. The Governor has promised to sign the bill into law.
State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 20 “Women of Distinction” from throughout the region she represents—including 10 from Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties—at a special ceremony held Thursday at Watertown’s historic Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library.
The individuals nominated included educators, community volunteers, entrepreneurs, and women at the top of their career fields.
“Each and every year I’m humbled to have the opportunity recognize local women nominated by colleagues, friends and fellow change-makers who have noticed that they are making a difference,” said Senator Ritchie.
In recognition of her efforts to support outdoors enthusiasts, State Senator Patty Ritchie was recently honored by the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen with the group’s “Advocate of Sportsmen Award.”
Representatives of the group—which includes 27 sportsmen's clubs with over 4,500 members—presented the Senator with the special award on a recent visit to the State Capitol.
State Senator Patty Ritchie met this week at the State Capitol with Regent Beverly Ouderkirk, the newest member of the state Board of Regents.
A longtime educator and resident of Morristown, Regent Ouderkirk now represents an 11 country region, which includes Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, on the board tasked with overseeing state educational policies.
State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed the Heuvelton Lady Bulldogs basketball team to the State Capitol Wednesday, honoring the team for their winning the New York State Girls Class D Championship.
A graduate of Heuvelton High School, Senator Ritchie recognized student athletes from her alma mater with a Resolution during the day’s Senate Session, commemorating the team’s victory over South Kortright, which marked the first girls’ basketball title in school history.
Legislation Would Promote Hunting Safety by Helping Volunteers Cover Mileage, Equipment Costs
In an effort to recognize volunteer hunter safety instructors for the work they do to make the sport safer, State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced legislation that would provide a tax credit for certified hunting safety course instructors.
The measure—Senate bill 4961—would create a $300 tax credit for instructors of hunting safety courses, which aspiring hunters and trappers must complete in order to purchase a first-time sporting license. The tax credit would help volunteers pay necessary expenses, like mileage and equipment costs incurred while becoming certified and teaching courses.
“Last year’s hunting season was the safest on record, thanks to the hundreds of men and women who volunteer their time to teach safety basics to new hunters across New York State,” said Senator Ritchie.