“What in the world would we do without our libraries?” This question, posed by Hollywood legend—and library lover—Katherine Hepburn, is one I often ask myself. From books and videos to community events and computer access, today’s libraries offer so much in the way of entertainment and education.
Here in Central and Northern New York, we’re fortunate to have one of the largest concentrations of public libraries in the state. Of the 7,000 public libraries in New York State, more than 50 are right here in our backyard.
State Senator Patty Ritchie met with community leaders and union representatives about their plans to advocate on behalf of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center at the New York State Office of Mental Health Listening Tour on May 15th at the facility’s Unity Center.
The group is urging supporters of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to register to attend the public meeting that will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m on May 15th. Those wishing to sign up to speak may do so here.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recognized nearly 200 Central Square Middle School students recently for their participation in the New York State Senate’s “Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.”
In Senator Ritchie’s district more than 350 students—more than any other senate district—took part in the statewide program and shared their poems, essays and artwork based on what they are thankful for.
Here in Central and Northern New York, we see yellow ribbons everywhere we go—on trees, bumper stickers, in businesses and prominently displayed outside homes. For a very long time, yellow ribbons have stood as a symbol of support and remembrance of the brave men and women who serve.
To help show support for Fort Drum, it’s soldiers and their families, I am making special Fort Drum yellow ribbons available for download here as well as in my offices. You can also call my office at (315) 782-3418 to request copies.
John B. Johnson Jr. has played an instrumental role in telling the North Country’s story.
His love of journalism—as well as his belief in the future of our region — has been evident in his work. If you wanted to know how Mr. Johnson felt, all you needed to do is pick up a copy of the Watertown Daily Times.
State Senator Patty Ritchie appeared at a listening session on Fort Drum’s future and delivered nearly 120 statements of support for Fort Drum to Major General Stephen Townsend Thursday at a “Community Listening Session” held at Case Middle School in Watertown.
The listening session is one of 29 being held across the country, organized to capture community input for the Army’s top leaders to consider as part of the reduction and reorganization of its force structure. Officials say Fort Drum could lose as many as 8,000 soldiers, or gain as many as 3,000.
Local Fire Departments to Open their Doors April 27th and 28th for “RecruitNY”
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding the public that fire departments across Central and Northern New York will open their doors this weekend for “RecruitNY,” an annual event organized by the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York, or FASNY, to bring in new recruits.
Volunteers Recognized for Nearly 185,000 Hours of Service
State Senator Patty Ritchie joined MG Stephen Townsend Thursday for Fort Drum’s annual Volunteer of the Year ceremony, where volunteers were honored for their 184,770 hours of service on the post last year.
As the featured guest speaker, Senator Ritchie thanked the more than 50 volunteers being honored for their time and their service.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 48thSenatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
It’s often said that to teach, is to touch a life forever. Throughout our region, there are countless educators who are doing just that—impacting young lives and enabling students to succeed each and every day.
Many teachers go above and beyond to inspire those they educate. I want to show my appreciation and support for these teachers and all others in the education field .To do so, I have created the “Teaching Excellence” award.
State Senator Patty Ritchie was one of the featured speakers at Saturday's Freedom Rally in Gouverneur where she announced that she has introduced an amendment to the New York State Constitution that would include the right to bear arms. Currently, New York State is one of only six states in the nation that does not include it in its state constitution. The event was emceed by Ogdensburg native and Radio Talk Show Host Melody Burns. Senator Ritchie voted NO on the state's new gun control law out of concerns for sportsmen and protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
Announces 48th Senate District “Woman of Distinction”
State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 17 Central and Northern New York women at her 48th Senate District “Women of Distinction” ceremony, held in Watertown on Thursday. Those recognized were nominated by friends, family and community leaders in Oswego, St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.
The New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.