Newsroom

GOING GOLD: RITCHIE CONGRATULATES OLYMPIANS AT CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie congratulated two medal-winning Olympians this week at the State Capitol for their athleticism during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

Visiting the Capitol were Erin Hamlin of Remsen, a three-time Olympian and the first female American luger to medal at any Winter Olympics and Josephine Pucci of Pearl River, a member of the Silver Medal-winning U.S. Women’s Hockey Team.

 

May 23, 2014
Read more...

SENATE OK’S RITCHIE’S JEFFERSON COUNTY JAIL SHARING BILL

Measure Would Let Watertown, Other Local Police Use County Lockup for Detainees, Cuts Costs to Taxpayers

The State Senate Wednesday approved a shared-services bill authored by Senator Patty Ritchie that would allow Watertown and other local police to once again use the Jefferson County jail to hold detainees prior to their arraignment.

The bill (S.7138) fixes state law to allow the special holding arrangement. Once approved by the Assembly and signed into law by the Governor, the county and city need to reach a mutual agreement to resume that arrangement.

“The state is challenging local governments to find ways to share services, cut costs and provide relief for local taxpayers,” Senator Ritchie said.

May 21, 2014
Read more...

RITCHIE HONORS ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY’S JOHN HALFORD AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored St. Lawrence County’s John Halford as her 2014 inductee to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame from the 48th Senate District at a special ceremony held Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Entering the US Marine Corps at age 17, John Halford served in the Raider Battalion that was part of the daring raid on Makin Island during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Gouverneur, finished high school, and went on to SUNY Canton—which at the time, was known as the Agricultural and Technical Institute.  Since retiring, John and his wife have played an active role in helping to improve the lives of people in the North Country, especially through his work as a member of the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors.

May 21, 2014
Read more...

5,600 WASTE TIRES COLLECTED IN FREE DISPOSAL DAY EVENT

Ritchie-led Effort Part of County's 'Fight the Bite/Stop Triple-E' Campaign

Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie to “Fight the Bite” Saturday, disposing of more than 5,600 tires at free waste tire disposal events taking place throughout Oswego County.  The total is nearly three times more tires than were collected at similar events last year. 

May 20, 2014
Read more...

RITCHIE HONORS OSWEGO COUNTY'S JANE BACKUS AT CAPITOL CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Oswego County’s Jane Backus as her 2014 Woman of Distinction from the 48th Senate District recently at a special ceremony at the State Capitol.

A retired English teacher after 25 years, Mrs. Backus taught seniors and sophomores at both Ogdensburg Free Academy and Mexico Academy and Central Schools.  Today, she is an extremely active member of her community, volunteering her time with many organizations that aim to better the Central New York region.

May 19, 2014
Read more...

SALUTING OUR SOLDIERS, PAST AND PRESENT

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

May 19, 2014
Read more...

John L. Halford Sr.

John L. Halford Sr. has never forgotten who helped him become a success.

At the age of 17, he entered the United States Marine Corps and served in the Raider Battalion, which was part of the daring raid on Makin Island, Japan. He later fought at Guadalcanal during World War II. After his discharge, Mr. Halford returned to Gouverneur, finished high school, and went on to the State University of New York (SUNY) Canton (then called the Agricultural and Technical Institute), where he earned his Associate’s Degree in air conditioning engineering technology.

May 17, 2014
Read more...

DON’T FORGET: FIGHT THE BITE WITH FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS SATURDAY

Dispose of Up to Eight Tires With Usual $5 Per-Tire Fee Being Waived

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Central New York residents to “Fight the Bite” by getting rid of waste tires at free disposal events taking place Saturday across Oswego County. 

Studies have shown that one waste tire can act as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes, which have the potential to carry deadly diseases like EEE. Last year, Oswego County residents disposed of more than 2,000 waste tires at similar free events sponsored by Senator Ritchie. In addition to this Saturday’s event, Senator Ritchie and Oswego County will also host free tire disposals on June 14th. 

“There are a number of things we can do to prevent mosquito bites and control the number of mosquitoes around our homes.  With each waste tire acting as breeding ground for one million mosquitoes, doing away with even a single tire that sits idle on one’s property can dramatically reduce the risk of getting bit,” said Senator Ritchie.

May 16, 2014
Read more...

28 Veterans Recognized by Senator Patty Ritchie

Sen. Ritchie's annual celebration of military men and women, veterans and military service was held at Fort Drum on May 15, recognizing 28 veterans of the US military from WWII to Afghanistan. The event is part of her State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame recognition, and came on the eve of Armed Forces Day.

May 16, 2014
Read more...

Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 411 LOB

May 20, 9:00 AM - 9:04 AM
Read more...

RITCHIE HONORS 28 VETERANS FROM CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 28 veterans of the US Armed Forces at a special ceremony that took place Thursday at the USO Fort Drum.

WATCH THE CEREMONY ON YOUTUBE

READ ABOUT THE HONOREES HERE

From individuals who fought on the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge to those who have served our country during more current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the diverse group of honorees were nominated for the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service and their continuing efforts to better our local communities. 

May 15, 2014
Read more...

RITCHIE TO HONOR VETERANS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

28 Nominated for New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor 28 veterans of the US Armed Forces at a special ceremony taking place on Fort Drum Thursday, May 15th. 

Those who will be honored were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our local communities.

“It takes a very special, dedicated person to serve—and it takes an even more devoted person to continue to give back by serving one’s community,” said Senator Ritchie.

“From fighting for freedom during WWII to serving on the front lines during recent conflicts, the contributions made by this year’s honorees are truly remarkable. I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to honor them with this special event and thank them for their selflessness and service.”

May 14, 2014
Read more...

RITCHIE URGES SPORTSMEN TO SIGN HER PETITION TO ALLOW UTVs IN N.Y.

Public Urged to Get Behind Effort as Ritchie Bill Clears Key Legislative Committee

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging sportsmen, seniors and every New Yorker who enjoys the great outdoors to sign her online petition to allow side-by-side UTVs to be legally registered in the state. The petition can be found here.

More than 2,000 members of the public—from across New York State and as far away as Tennessee, Florida and California—have already signed the petition calling on the Assembly to pass Senator Ritchie’s bill (S.1946). Most signers indicated that they were ATV owners.

Senator Ritchie’s bill cleared a key legislative hurdle Tuesday when it was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. The full Senate is expected to act on the bill in the next few weeks.

New York is the only state in the nation that does not allow UTVs to be legally registered and, while the Senate has approved Senator Ritchie’s bill each year for the past three years, the Assembly has failed to act even once.

May 13, 2014
Read more...

Jane Backus

Jane Backus retired after 25 years of teaching seniors and sophomores at both Ogdensburg Free Academy and Mexico Academy and Central Schools.  

May 13, 2014
Read more...

THIS SUMMER, EAT FARMERS MARKET FRESH

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

More vitamins and minerals, protection against diseases such as heart disease and cancer, a lower number on the scale and freshness that is second to none—these are just some of the benefits of eating fruits, vegetables and other foods found at your local farmers market. 

May 12, 2014
Read more...

RITCHIE MEETS WITH NORTH COUNTRY EMERGENCY SERVICE PROVIDERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with local members of the United New York Ambulance Network in Albany. Included in the meeting were representatives of Seaway Valley Ambulance of St. Lawrence County and Guilfoyle Ambulance Service of Jefferson County. 

May 9, 2014
Read more...

SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE APPROVES NEW COMMISSIONER

The State Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday approved Richard Ball—a native New Yorker and longtime farmer—as the new Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CONFIRMATION PROCEEDINGS (TRT 01:04)

“I first had opportunity to meet Richard during the recovery efforts following Hurricane Irene, when he was gracious enough to let me survey the damage sustained at his farm and offered suggestions for how to best help farmers rebound from their losses,” said Senator Patty Ritchie, who chairs the Agriculture Committee. 

“I learned then agriculture and helping his fellow farmers succeed are Richard’s passions.  I’d like to thank the Governor for making such an excellent appointment to this post and I’m looking forward to working alongside the new Commissioner to help our state’s largest industry continue to grow.”

May 6, 2014
Read more...
May 6, 2014
Read more...

Senator Ritchie Honors Achievements of Local Women

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored more than two dozen “Women of Distinction” from Central and Northern New York—including advocates, activists, teachers and change-makers—at a special ceremony Thursday at Watertown’s historic Flower Memorial Library.  

May 5, 2014
Read more...

RITCHIE TEAMS WITH OSWEGO COUNTY TO “FIGHT THE BITE” WITH FREE TIRE DISPOSAL EVENTS

Will Take Place May 17th and June 14th at all 5 County Transfer Stations

State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining with Oswego County to “Fight the Bite” and stop the spread of EEE with free tire disposal events taking place on May 17th and June 14th.  The events are being held in an effort to help people get rid of waste tires, which often act as breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes. 

The events will allow Oswego County residents to drop off  a maximum of eight tires at five locations throughout the county, with the usual $5 fee for tire-drop off being waived.  Farm tractor tires will also be accepted, but must be cut into four pieces.  Electronic waste, such as used TVs, computers and radios will also be accepted free of charge.

May 5, 2014
Read more...