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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO CREATE ST. LAWRENCE WINE TRAIL

Legislation Will Boost Tourism, Create Jobs by Putting Local Wineries on the Map

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her legislation to put North Country wineries on the map, create jobs and boost the economy has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Ritchie’s bill (S.6321-A) creates the “St. Lawrence Wine Trail,” highlighting for tourists and residents the increasing number of wines being produced locally. 

“In recent years a significant number of new wineries have popped up across New York State—and that includes a number of new establishments that are right here in our backyard,” said Senator  Ritchie. 

“The creation of the St. Lawrence Wine Trail is a chance for the North Country to capitalize on the fast-growing wine industry.  By putting these local businesses on the map, we can boost tourism, create jobs, encourage more people to shop local as well as strengthen current wineries and encourage more new businesses to open.”

July 22, 2014
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BUILDING BRIGHTER COMMUNITIES, PAGE BY PAGE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Where can you get books, learning tools, technology and more, all under one roof?  The answer is your library.  Each and every year, our local libraries are becoming more significant parts of our local communities, offering families and individuals not only opportunities for learning but also for entertainment, cultural experiences, job-searching tools and so much more. 

July 21, 2014
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RITCHIE WISHES NNY RESIDENT A HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY

State Senator Patty Ritchie stopped by the home of Keitha Woodall recently, to wish the Gouverneur resident a happy 100th birthday. 

In recognition of the milestone, Senator Ritchie presented Keitha with an official Senate Resolution. 

July 18, 2014
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RITCHIE HEARS JOB FAIR SUCCESS STORY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited a crew from CNY Roofers Local 195 recently at a construction site just south of Oswego County.  Among those working was Patrick Yonker, a veteran who landed his job at a recent job fair hosted by Senator Ritchie. 

July 18, 2014
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RITCHIE INVITES ST. LAWRENCE RESIDENTS TO ‘SHED THE MEDS’

Teams with County Sheriff, Ogdensburg PD to Host Free Prescription Drug Disposal Event July 22nd 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting residents of St. Lawrence County to clean out their medicine cabinets and drawers and bring their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medicines to a special event for free, safe disposal.

Senator Ritchie is teaming with St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells and the Ogdensburg Police Department to sponsor the free event next Tuesday, July 22, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Ogdensburg Fire Station, 718 Ford Street.

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“Nearly everyone has leftover, unwanted or expired prescription drugs lying somewhere around the house,” Senator Ritchie said. “But these pills can pose a danger to children and pets, they can find their way into the hands of pill abusers, and improper disposal threatens our water, lakes and streams. Events like this allow people to get rid of unneeded medicine in a safe and responsible way.”

“Pill abuse has been directly linked to the growing problem of heroin usage across the US, and there have been a number of stories nationally involving abusers who break into homes, especially those belonging to seniors, in search of unused drugs,” said Sheriff Wells. “Properly disposing of drugs you no longer need or want helps keep these pills from getting into the wrong hands."

July 16, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE SECURES $148,000 FOR LOCAL LIBRARIES

More than 50 Libraries to Receive Support to Enhance Services

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $148,000 in special funding to help enhance services at libraries throughout Central and Northern New York.

 

“Libraries are extremely important parts of our communities in Central and Northern New York for a number of reasons; offering patrons opportunities to access books, technology, culture and a myriad of other types of information and entertainment,” said Senator Ritchie. 

July 14, 2014
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GETTING HOOKED ON FISHING IN CNY, NNY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Whether it’s on the mighty St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond, or any of the other many bodies of water that dot our region, there’s not much that’s better than casting your line on a summer day. 

Not only is fishing a way of life here in Central and Northern New York, it’s also a major economic driver; helping to reel in $1.8 billion annually for our state.  While this industry helps to create jobs and has a significant impact on our bottom line, there’s still plenty of room for growth and countless opportunities for attracting even more sportsmen to our region. 

July 14, 2014
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RITCHIE PAYS TRIBUTE TO TROOPS AT MOUNTAIN REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie paid tribute to fallen troops recently at Fort Drum’s annual Mountain Remembrance ceremony. 

July 11, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $40,000 TO PROVIDE ANTI-DRUG ABUSE COUNSELING, EDUCATION IN CNY SCHOOLS

Funding Will Expand Programs to All Oswego County School Districts  

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $40,000 to restore anti-drug abuse counseling and education programs to all school districts in Oswego County.    

July 10, 2014
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TAKING CAUTION AGAINST TICKS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 7, 2014
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RITCHIE GRANT WILL HELP BRING BUSINESS, JOBS TO OGDENSBURG PORT

Senator Patty Ritchie announced a special $200,000 state grant to help kickstart a long-needed dredging of the Ogdensburg Port. Decades of sediment buildup are making it more difficult for ships to enter the port, driving up costs and making  the facility less attractive to shippers.

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July 7, 2014
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LET THE MUSIC PLAY: RITCHIE SECURES FUNDING FOR HIGH SCHOOL BANDS

Funding Will Help Budding Musicians in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $59,000 in special funding to help support local high school marching bands throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.

Included in the funding is $5,000 for Pulaski High School; aid which helped to make a trip to represent New York State in the National Fourth of July Parade in Washington D.C. possible.  Students—who spent a great deal of time recently fundraising for the trip—departed Thursday morning for the event, which will take place on Friday.

“As a former high school band member myself, I know that activities like this help students build invaluable life skills and also allow them to further develop their musical talents,” said Senator Ritchie.

July 3, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO DREDGE OGDENSBURG PORT

$200,000 Kickstarts Project to Bring More Shipments, Jobs to the Facility 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has secured $200,000 in special state grant funding to start dredging at the Port of Ogdensburg.

“The future of Ogdensburg’s deep water port is at risk from 30 years of silt build up that makes docking more difficult, dangerous and costly,” said Senator Ritchie. “This funding helps kickstart the dredging project, protects jobs and adds to the Port’s potential to increase shipping and work opportunities.”

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In addition to jobs created by the dredging and silt removal project, the Port itself supports 70 jobs and pumps more than $5 million into the local economy each year.

It was last dredged in 1984, and the rising river bottom from accumulated silt could sink recently expanded efforts to attract new business, and create more local jobs.

July 2, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMED TO NATIONWIDE VETERANS PANEL

Group Will Explore Ways to Improve Services, Outreach to Those Who Served

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been picked to be part of a nationwide group looking at ways to improve services and outreach to veterans and active members of America’s military.

The Council of State Governments “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs” includes legislators and elected state leaders from across the country. The panel is charged with identifying key veterans’ issues and best-practices that are already in use in various states. The group’s findings will be used to help draft legislative proposals in New York and other states to aid veterans.

“As the State Senator who represents the largest military post in the Northeast, and tens of thousands of veterans who served from World War II to the continuing battles against terrorism, I’ve given top priority to the needs of veterans and active duty members of our military,” said Senator Ritchie, whose district includes Fort Drum, home to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

July 1, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $75,000 TO FIGHT GOOSE BAY WEEDS

Funding Will Help Clear the Bay for Outdoor Recreation

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in special funding to combat invasive weeds on Goose Bay; a top tourist and fishing destination in the North Country.

June 30, 2014
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SENATORS TO NYPA: GET BACK TO THE TABLE

Trio Urges Power Agency to Restart Talks on Benefits to Local Communities

June 30, 2014
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IS NYS HOLDING YOUR MONEY?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

These days, every penny counts.  That’s why so many of you have been pleased to find out that New York State had been holding on to money you didn’t even know you were missing. 

June 30, 2014
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RITCHIE LEADS TOP STATE JOB DEVELOPMENT REPS ON TOUR OF VACANT PSYCH CENTER LAND, SHARES PLANS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH

In an effort to share her plan to help revitalize the North Country, State Senator Patty Ritchie today led a top aide to the state's job development chief on a tour of the vacant properties and buildings at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center; property that, under a plan by Senator Ritchie and the City of Ogdensburg, could be redeveloped to create new opportunities and transform the region.

“I want to thank Ken Adams, the CEO for Empire State Development, for sending his personal representative to see first-hand how my plan to redevelop Airy Point could be the key to kick-starting Ogdensburg’s economy and putting people back to work,” Senator Ritchie said.

“I want to thank representatives of the City of Ogdensburg and the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority for partnering with me to help state officials understand why we need a comprehensive approach to redeveloping the campus.”

June 26, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $150,000 FOR LOCAL FISHING TOURNEYS

Funding Will Help Promote Events, Raise Awareness of Region’s Waterways

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $150,000 in special funding to support fishing tournaments and boost tourism in the Central and Northern New York regions.  The funding will support 15 tournaments, including nine in St. Lawrence, four in Jefferson and two in Oswego County.

Included in the funding is support for  the 2014 BASS Eastern Divisional Championship, which will take place in September in Waddington as well as funding for the NYS BASS Masters tournament, which will be held in August in Ogdensburg.

“Here in Central and Northern New York, our rivers, lakes and streams are phenomenal natural resources that not only offer world-class opportunities for fishing, they also attract tourists to our area, boosting our local economy and creating jobs,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 26, 2014
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