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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY SENIORS OF THE YEAR

Kelly, McCoy To Be Honored At Health & Wellness Fair

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced Charles W. Kelly, former newspaperman and leader of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force, and June McCoy, former president of the Ogdensburg Senior Citizens, as her St. Lawrence County “Senior of the Year” awardees.

The honorees will be recognized at a special ceremony during State Senator Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place at the Ogdensburg Odd Fellows Hall on Wednesday, October 23rd.

“Chuck Kelly has never really retired. He just finds new ways to fight for the people of Northern New York,” Senator Ritchie said. “He led the campaign to protect the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility and now he is leading the battle to save the Psychiatric Center.”

October 22, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL TO PROVIDE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR FARMERS SIGNED INTO LAW

Places Two Percent Cap on Annual Agricultural Land Assessment Increases

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that her bill to help provide New York State Farmers with relief from rising property taxes has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Under Senate Bill 1952, a two percent cap would be placed on annual agricultural land assessment increases.

“It goes without saying that farming is a land intensive business, with one of the main costs for farmers being taxes on the land they utilize,” said Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie.

“By enacting this two percent cap, we are providing our hardworking farmers—whether they’re just starting out or continuing a generations-old family tradition—with the relief they need to continue to grow not only their businesses, but also New York’s biggest industry as a whole.”

October 22, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST RABIES CLINIC IN EVANS MILLS WEDNESDAY

Nearly 500 Pets Protected So Far Through Free Events 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding pet owners that she will host a no-cost rabies vaccination clinic in Evans Mills on Wednesday.

The free event—which is being hosted in conjunction with Jefferson County Public Health Service—will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Town of Le Ray Highway Barn, located at 8433 Willow St. in Evans Mills. 

The event is the fifth of six clinics Ritchie is hosting in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.  So far, nearly 500 pets have been protected from the deadly rabies disease through the free events—all made possible through a special state budget grant secured by Senator Ritchie.

“State health officials have found at least two dozen cases of rabies in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties in the past two years, which means our pets are at an increased risk of contracting this fatal disease,” said Senator Ritchie. 

October 22, 2013
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SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE'S JOBS BANK: I WANT TO HELP YOU FIND THE JOB YOU WANT

SEARCH FOR THOUSANDS OF LOCAL JOBS ONLINE

I'm committed to helping you find the job you want. Some 2,000 job-seekers have already found help through Job Fairs I've hosted in Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties. I want to help you too!

Click on the links below to find job search resources and local listings that may help. I will be updating this page often, with new listings and links. Please BOOKMARK this page and visit again.

Be sure to let me know how you make out!

October 22, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST ‘STAR’ WORKSHOPS

Joining Forces with Assessors to Remind More than 20,000 CNY, NNY Homeowners They Still Need to Re-Register for Property Tax Savings

State Senator Patty Ritchie and local assessors are joining forces to help homeowners meet a requirement to re-register for the “Basic STAR” property tax savings program—and find information about other property tax discounts for which they also may qualify.

October 21, 2013
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CALLING ALL SENIORS: RITCHIE TO HOST ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR

Event to Take Place October 23rd in Ogdensburg

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie will offer area seniors tips for living healthy, active lifestyles at her annual St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place on Wednesday October 23rd at the Ogdensburg Oddfellows Hall.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER (IT SAVES TIME ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT!)

The free event—which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.—will feature dozens of local organizations, offering health screenings, giveaways, and flu shots as well as lunch and entertainment, both sponsored by Senator Ritchie.  Those looking to receive a flu shot are reminded to bring their Medicare and insurance ID to the event.

October 17, 2013
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NEARLY 200 PETS VACCINATED AT RITCHIE NO-COST RABIES CLINIC

First of Three Jefferson County Events Held in Adams

 Nearly 200 pets were vaccinated Wednesday night at a no-cost rabies clinic, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie in Adams.

October 17, 2013
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NORTH COUNTRY LIBRARY SYSTEM THANKS RITCHIE FOR SUPPORT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with members of the North Country Library System, who thanked the Senator for her support of local libraries. 

The North Country Library System was recently awarded $5,000 in special funding secured by the senator. 

October 17, 2013
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RITCHIE FEATURED AS GUEST SPEAKER AT JRC’S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DINNER MEETING

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended Jefferson Rehabilitation Center’s Annual Membership Dinner Meeting, speaking to attendees about the importance of the organization and recognizing JRC for its role in the community. 

Founded in 1954, JRC  has provided programs and services to countless developmentally disabled children and adults in the Jefferson County area and currently serves more than 1,000 individuals and their families annually. In addition, JRC is also a major employer in the North Country, with more than 650 staff members.  

October 17, 2013
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RITCHIE MAKES STOP AT JRC

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited Jefferson Rehabilitation Center’s location on Gaffney Drive in Watertown, touring the organization’s DayHab and preschool programs.  

October 17, 2013
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RITCHIE VISITS WILLIAMSTOWN LIBRARY

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited the Williamstown Library in Oswego County, which was the recipient of $3,000 in special funding secured by the Senator.    

This award is part of $161,000 in special funding the senator was able to secure in addition to a $4 million increase in state budget aid for libraries across New York State.

October 17, 2013
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RITCHIE PRESENTS STATE PARK OFFICERS WITH LIBERTY AWARD FOR SAVING BOATER

State Senator Patty Ritchie presented two State Park Police Officers with the New York State Liberty Award Tuesday for their role in rescuing a man from the St. Lawrence River last summer.

In June, New York State Park Police Officers John Friot and Dustin Lottie  rescued Thomas Clark—a 70-year-old boater—after he was overcome by carbon monoxide fumes while piloting a 28-foot cabin cruiser.

“Thanks to the quick thinking, bravery and teamwork of these two officers, Thomas Clark is alive and well today,” said Senator Ritchie. 

 

“I am very proud to present the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, to these two heroes and thank them for their dedication as well as their service to our community.”

October 15, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HOST NO-COST RABIES CLINICS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

 

Effort Builds Upon 3 St. Lawrence County Clinics Where 300 Pets Received Vaccinations

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding pet owners that she will host three no-cost rabies clinics throughout the month of October in Jefferson County.

The free clinics—which are being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Public Health Department—are being made possible through a special grant secured by Senator Ritchie.

In total, more than 300 pets were recently vaccinated through three no-cost clinics Senator Ritchie hosted in St. Lawrence County.  So far this year, St. Lawrence County has confirmed 23 cases of rabies and Jefferson County has confirmed five cases.

October 14, 2013
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RITCHIE TO PRESENT STATE PARK OFFICERS WITH LIBERTY AWARD FOR SAVING BOATER

State Senator Patty Ritchie will present two State Park Police Officers with the New York State Liberty Award Tuesday for their role in rescuing a man from the St. Lawrence River last summer.

In June, New York State Park Police Officers John Friot and Dustin Lottie  rescued a 70-year-old boater after he was overcome by carbon monoxide fumes while piloting a 28-foot cabin cruiser.

Senator Ritchie will present the officers with the Liberty Award at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15th at the Dobisky Visitor’s Center in Ogdensburg. 

October 14, 2013
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RITCHIE: DROP FEE FOR VETERAN STATUS ON NYS DRIVER’S LICENSES

Senator to Introduce Legislation After County Clerks Raise Issue

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will introduce legislation to waive the fee for the state’s new “veteran” driver’s licenses.

October 11, 2013
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MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE ATTEND RITCHIE’S OSWEGO COUNTY SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR

More than 300 people packed the Fulton War Memorial Wednesday to take part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair. 

Seniors in attendance had the opportunity access free tips and tools for living a healthy and active lifestyle from more than 50 local organizations in attendance.  A free lunch, made possible by Pathfinder Bank, Hudsons' Dairy, Ontario Orchards, Behling Orchards, Dunkin’ Donuts  and prepared by BOCES students was also provided. Transportation was sponsored by Entergy.

“I’m thrilled that so many seniors were able to attend Wednesday’s event, which featured everything from free flu shots to giveaways,” said Senator Ritchie. “This event is truly a one stop shop for any senior who is looking to access more information about improving their well-being.”

October 10, 2013
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SENATOR RITCHIE SEEKS ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’

Invites Public to “Send a Touch of Home” to Overseas Troops

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she is once again joining with local radio personality Melody Burns to collect donated Christmas cards to be sent to US soldiers serving overseas through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross.

“Last year, Northern and Central New Yorkers donated 2,200 holiday cards to distribute to our service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations,” Senator Ritchie said. “These cards let them know that we truly appreciate their service and their sacrifice.”

“During the holidays, it’s very important that we remember our nation’s heroes who sacrifice so much to protect our nation and our liberties,” said Burns, who hosts a daily radio show on Talk 1300 AM WGDJ in Albany. “I have been promoting this Holiday Mail for Heroes program on my radio show in Albany. Two years ago I collected 1,000 cards. Last year, we collected 6,000. I am very pleased to again partner with Senator Ritchie to reach families across Northern and Central New York.”

October 10, 2013
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LONGTIME COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER LOUISE KELLOGG NAMED RITCHIE'S OSWEGO “SENIOR OF THE YEAR”

Louise Kellogg to be Honored at Wednesday’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair  

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing that she will honor longtime community volunteer Louise Kellogg with her Oswego County “Senior of the Year” award at the Senior Health and Wellness Fair, taking place at the Fulton War Memorial on Wednesday.

A volunteer since 1985, Louise has logged more than 4,000 volunteer hours.  She volunteers regularly at Meadowbrook Manor, the Hannibal Senior Nutrition site, the Hannibal American Legion as well as a number of other organizations. 

“Louise is a great example of what it means to truly be part of a community,” said Senator Ritchie.   “Her dedication to serving others is remarkable, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to honor her as my Oswego County “Senior of the Year” at Wednesday’s event.”

October 8, 2013
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FORT DRUM MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT ADDED TO TRAVELING “HOMETOWN HEROES” EXHIBIT

Capt. Swenson to Receive Medal of Honor at White House Ceremony on Oct. 15

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing that William Swenson, a former Army captain and Fort Drum soldier slated to receive the Medal of Honor next week, is now featured in her “Hometown Heroes” exhibit; a traveling tribute to recipients of the nation’s highest military honor now on display at museums, libraries and other locations throughout Central and Northern New York. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CAPT. SWENSON'S EXHIBIT PLAQUE

CLICK HERE FOR REST OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR HOMETOWN HEROES EXHIBIT

Capt. Swenson will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during combat in Afghanistan in 2009 on October 15th at a special ceremony being held at the White House.

“Representing our nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor is awarded to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their country, and next week, we will pause to thank Capt. Swenson for his courageous actions,” said Senator Ritchie. 

October 8, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY BUDGET

The newly unveiled St. Lawrence County budget represents a step in the right direction when it comes to getting the county’s finances back on track and providing real relief to hardworking taxpayers.  

By presenting a plan that will immediately reduce property taxes, St. Lawrence County lawmakers are helping to alleviate the burden placed on homeowners. 

Making this possible is the “home rule” legislation allowing St. Lawrence County to set its own sales tax rate.  As a lawmaker who has spent the past several years working to reduce taxes, I remain opposed to raising taxes in St. Lawrence County, and anywhere else in New York State. 

However, St. Lawrence County lawmakers have made a case that the home rule legislation is an important piece of the puzzle that will enable the county to rebuild its fund balance and save hardworking county taxpayers millions of dollars in unnecessary borrowing costs. 

October 7, 2013
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