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SENATE OK’S BILL TO GIVE CAPITOL FLAG TO FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES

Ritchie Cosponsors Bill Inspired By, Named For Slain Fort Drum Officer

The State Senate today approved a bill cosponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to create the “Lt. Colonel Todd Clark Memorial Flag Presentment Program.”

June 20, 2013
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RITCHIE: NO TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR SMOKES, BOOZE, LOTTO

Senate Passes Ritchie Cosponsored Measure to Stop Welfare Recipients

From Using EBT Cards on Alcohol, Lotto Tickets, Casino Gambling 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced a measure she cosponsored to prohibit welfare recipients from using their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Cards on items such as cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and lottery tickets or casino gambling, has passed the State Senate.

“EBT cards are intended to help people who have fallen on hard times afford the necessities.  But, when these cards are used to purchase things like smokes, booze or lottery tickets, it’s a major waste of taxpayer money” said Senator Ritchie. 

June 19, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL TO MAKE ELECTRONIC MONITOR TAMPERING A CRIME PASSES SENATE

Bipartisan Legislation Sparked by Horrific Crime in CNY

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill to make it a crime to tamper with electronic monitoring devices, like the ankle bracelet that was supposed to helping law enforcement keep an eye on accused killer-child rapist David Renz.

Under Senate Bill 5422-A, which is cosponsored in the Senate by Senator John DeFrancisco and Senator David Valesky, it would be a felony—adding up to four years of additional prison time—if an orrdener tampered with a device and committed another violent crime, and up to one year in jail if no other crime is involved. 

Currently, tampering with an electronic monitoring device can be a violation of parole or pre-sentencing release, but it is not a separate crime.

June 18, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RITCHIE ON FULL RESTORATION OF OPWDD FUNDING

Earlier this year, the Governor proposed $120 million in cuts to the OPWDD budget.  Although the Senate and Assembly supported a full restoration of this cut, the Governor would not agree.  We were however successful in restoring $30 million of the $120 million in proposed cuts.

June 18, 2013
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RITCHIE TO FARMERS: PROPERTY TAX RELIEF IS ON THE WAY

2% Tax Cap for Land Assessments a Top Farm Bureau Priority

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced final passage of legislation that would provide New York State farmers with relief from rising property taxes. Under Senate Bill 1952, a 2 percent tax cap would be placed on annual agricultural land assessment increases.

"Land taxes are crushing farmers, threatening to drive many right out of business, and making it harder to keep generations-old farms in the family," said Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie. 

June 18, 2013
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SENATE HONORS FALLEN FORT DRUM OFFICER TODD CLARK

 

Moving Tribute to Soldier Who Was Part of Ritchie’s 2012 ‘Fort Drum Day’ at the Capitol

Members of the State Senate honored a fallen hero Tuesday, one day after the body of Lt. Col. Todd Clark was returned to his Albany hometown.

June 18, 2013
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RITCHIE, BARCLAY JOIN VOLNEY STUDENTS FOR “GOVERNMENT DAY”

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Volney Elementary recently, to meet with 6th grade students who participated in the school’s Government Day.

As part of the visit, Senator Ritchie presented each student with a certificate, recognizing them for their participation. 

June 14, 2013
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RITCHIE CELEBRATES AGRICULTURE AT JEFFERSON COUNTY DAIRY FESTIVAL

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie recently joined community members to celebrate the region’s agriculture industry at the Jefferson County Dairy Festival. 

The celebration, which is held each year during National Dairy Month, aims to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture in the North Country.

June 14, 2013
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RITCHIE MOTORCYCLE SAFETY BILL UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SENATE

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her  bill that would improve motorcycle safety by adding motorcycle awareness training to the DMV’s mandatory, pre-licensing courses has passed unanimously the Senate.

 

“Today, more and more people are using motorcycles to get around, and that means that all drivers need to be more aware of how to safely share the road” said State Senator Patty Ritchie. 

 

“By adding this training to the DMV’s pre-licensing courses, we can help ensure that new drivers are given the information they need—right from the start—to be more cognizant of motorcycles when they are out on the road.”

June 13, 2013
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SENATE OK’S RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST LOCAL FOOD IN STATE FACILITIES

Plan Would Support Local Farmers, Improve Nutrition in Prisons, Hospitals

The State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie that seeks to boost the amount of locally produced food sold to state prisons, hospitals and other facilities.

FIND LOCAL FOOD AT AREA FARMERS MARKETS

The measure (S.4061) would give agencies easy access to farm fresh products by directing officials to create a list of competitively priced food products that are available for institutional sale.

June 12, 2013
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RITCHIE BILL WOULD MAKE ELECTRONIC MONITOR TAMPERING A CRIME

Legislation Sparked by Case of David Renz, Accused Killer Said to Have Defeated Device 46 Times

State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced legislation to make it a crime to tamper with electronic monitoring devices, like the ankle bracelet that was supposed to be helping law enforcement keep an eye on accused killer-child rapist David Renz.

The bill (S.5422-A), which is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, a Buffalo-area Democrat and cosponsored in the Senate by Senator John DeFrancisco and Senator David Valesky,  would make it a felony—adding up to four years of additional prison time—for an offender who tampers with a device and commits another violent crime, and up to one year in jail if no other crime is involved.

Right now, tampering with a device can be a violation of parole or pre-sentencing release, but it is not a separate crime.

June 12, 2013
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“DON’T SHUT THE LIGHTS OUT ON THE NORTH COUNTRY”

Ritchie Launches Postcard Campaign in Support of the St. Lawrence Psych Center 

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force Friday to launch a postcard campaign to demonstrate support for the facility as state officials continue to deliberate the future of mental health care in New York State.

Postcards, which read “Don’t Shut the Lights Out on the North Country,” have been printed and given to community leaders, union leaders and county officials for distribution.  In addition, cards are also available at Senator Ritchie’s Ogdensburg office, located at 330 Ford Street and can be printed here. All postcards will be mailed to Governor Cuomo and Kristin Woodlock, Acting Commissioner New York State Office of Mental Health.

June 7, 2013
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MORE THAN 250 JOB SEEKERS ATTEND RITCHIE’S OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR

 

Attendees Connect With Nearly 40 Employers Looking to Hire

 

More than 250 job seekers packed the Fulton War Memorial Thursday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 3rd annual Oswego County Job Fair.

 

Those in attendance were able to connect with nearly 40 local employers—many of which are looking to hire—and access tips on everything from interview techniques to how to improve your online job search. 

June 6, 2013
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RITCHIE HONORS MORE THAN 40 CNY, NNY EDUCATORS WITH “TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE” AWARD

Teachers Receive Special Funding for Classroom Enrichment

More than 40 educators from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties were each awarded $500 in special funding for classroom enrichment at Senator Patty Ritchie’s “Teachers of Excellence” program, held Thursday in Watertown.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE EVENT PROGRAM

The funding—which represents a $22,000 addition to the increase in state education funding local schools received this year—will be used by educators for technology, supplies and other improvements in the classroom. 

June 6, 2013
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Senator Ritchie's 2013 Veterans Hall of Fame Celebration

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 29 veterans from across Central and Northern New York at a special ceremony held recently at Fort Drum’s USO.

The veterans 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.

June 5, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HONOR MORE THAN 40 CNY, NNY EDUCATORS AT “ TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE” EVENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor more than 40 teachers from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties at a special event to be held Thursday in Watertown.

Honorees were nominated for Senator Ritchie’s “Teachers of Excellence” program for their dedication and commitment to education by colleagues, former students, friends and family members.

June 4, 2013
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REMINDER: RITCHIE TO HOST OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR THURSDAY

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS AND TO REGISTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding job seekers in Central New York that she will host her 3rd annual Oswego County Job Fair on Thursday.

The event—which will feature nearly 40 employers looking to hire—will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fulton War Memorial, located at 609 West Broadway in Fulton. 

June 4, 2013
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OGDENSBURG'S BLUE DEVILS ARE OFF TO THE FINAL FOUR!

I was so pleased to be on hand for the OFA Blue Devils victory in the Class B regional contest tonight. Coach Tom Pinkerton's boys really shined behind stellar pitching by Breton LaRose and a clutch, 9th inning 2-run homer by Andrew Cole!
Now it's off to Binghamton for Saturday's semifinal. Sadly, the news wasn't as great for two other local teams, but I know they played their hearts out. Congrats to all on a great season!

June 4, 2013
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