Also Selected to Serve On Other Key Committees, Including Finance and Transportation
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been reappointed as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and in addition, was named to the powerful Finance and Transportation Committees.
“In recent years we’ve made great progress to grow the agriculture industry, increasing funding for critical programs and making investments in initiatives that support our state’s hardworking farmers,” said Senator Ritchie. "I am thrilled to once again be named as Chair of the Agriculture Committee and am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues and New York’s farmers to help the industry continue to grow.”
Since first being appointed Senate Agriculture Committee Chair in 2011, Senator Ritchie has led the charge to increase funding for critical agriculture programs by more than $21 million above the Executive’s recommendation, repeal costly mandates affecting farmers, launch new initiatives including the innovative “Young Farmers NY”—a program that aims to protect the future of agriculture by attracting young people to careers in the industry—and leading the fight against deadly diseases like EEE and rabies.
I was pleased to hear Governor Cuomo emphasize issues that are priorities for me—making critical investments in our education system, supporting small business owners, creating jobs and keeping more money in the pockets of hardworking New Yorkers.
Funding Will Help Cover Cost of Paving Lot Surrounding Town Offices, Highway Department
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help improve infrastructure in the Town of New Haven.
According to officials, capital funding secured by Senator Ritchie will be utilized to pave a currently unpaved parking lot that surrounds the Town Offices and the Town Highway Department.
“New Haven’s Town Offices and Town Highway Department are used on a daily basis by local residents and employees,” said Senator Ritchie. “By paving the parking lot surrounding these facilities, we can help make travel easier—especially during the winter months,” said Senator Ritchie.
Funding to Allow for Installation of New Furnace, Insulation at Town Garage
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the town of Macomb cover costs associated with necessary upgrades at the town garage.
According to officials, capital funding secured by Senator Ritchie will be used to purchase a new furnace and to install insulation.
“The town of Macomb uses its garage on a daily basis for everything from meetings to community events,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will help to ensure it remains in top condition for those who utilize it each and every day.”
January 21st Marks Deadline to Participate in Legislative Survey
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that more than 3,000 constituents in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties have weighed in on issues that matter to them by taking part in 2015 Legislative Survey.
The survey, which is available here, covers topics such as education, government spending, college tuition, job creation, agriculture and more. Those who still wish to participate have until January 21st to do so.
“Now that the 2015 Legislative Session is underway, it’s imperative that I hear from those I represent about the issues that matter to them,” said Senator Ritchie.
“The results gathered through my Legislative Survey will help to guide me as I work to represent the interests of the people of Central and Northern New York. I’m hopeful that in the coming days, those who haven’t yet weighed in will take the time to do so.”
Legislative Package Aims to End Discrimination, Combat Sexual Harassment and Stop Domestic Violence
State Senator Patty Ritchie today is praising passage of legislation that will provide females across New York State with new protections when it comes to discrimination, sexual harassment and domestic violence.
The historic measures passed Monday mark the first legislative act of 2015 and are the components of a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda, made up of bills that would stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work accommodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims.
“In every corner of our state and across our nation, women are breaking glass ceilings and reaching new heights. However, we cannot turn a blind eye to the things that often hold them down—namely the discrimination, harassment and abuse that often happen in the workplace and in our society at large,” said Senator Ritchie.
State’s Highest Honor Presented in Recognition of Efforts During Amish Kidnapping
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently presented the New York State Senate Liberty Award to members of the Ogdensburg Police Department who assisted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies with the investigation of surrounding the abduction and recovery of two Amish girls in August.
“Members of law enforcement put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Ritchie. “When tragedy struck this past summer and two young Amish girls went missing, members of the Ogdensburg Police Department stepped up to the plate to assist with efforts to return them safely home. Their bravery and willingness to come to the aid of their neighbors is to be commended and it is my pleasure to present them with the New York State Senate Liberty Award.”
In September, law enforcement who attend a special “Community Thank You” event, hosted by Senator Ritchie to recognize those who assisted with the search for the Amish girls, were also presented with the Liberty Award. Those honored recently were unable to attend the event.
As lawmakers prepare to head back to the Capitol for the upcoming Legislative Session, State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting her constituents to weigh in on issues facing New York State through her 2015 Legislative Survey.
Available here, the survey asks individuals to voice their opinions on major topics including government spending, Common Core, agriculture, college tuition, job creation and others.
“As State Senator, it’s my top priority to make the voices of my constituents heard and to represent their views in Albany,” said State Senator Patty Ritchie.
“I’m eager to hear the opinions of the people in Central and Northern New York whom I represent on the major issues—everything from education to government spending—in an effort to make sure I’m accurately representing their interests when I head back to Albany.”
New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the 365 days to come. Whether you’re heading out tojoin friends and family or hosting a gathering in your own home, it’s important that you plan ahead to stay safe as you ring in the New Year:
State Senator Patty Ritchie joined North Country Family Health Center staff and board members recently, as the organization thanked UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New York for $200,000 in grants aimed at making improvements at the facility.
Landmark New Law Latest in Effort to Combat the Disease That’s Claimed Lives in CNY;Focuses Health Experts on Finding Vaccine
State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the Governor has signed into law her bill to help speed the discovery of potentially life-saving vaccines for deadly diseases including Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the mosquito-borne virus that’s claimed five lives in Oswego County and Central New York. The measure (S.2115), which passed both houses of the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, creates a new “21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction” within the state Department of Health. Comprising experts in diseases, infection and public health, the group is tasked with identifying obstacles that may be preventing development of effective vaccines for EEE and other diseases, including West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, tuberculosis and more.