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MORE THAN 350 YOUNG ARTISTS, WRITERS PARTICIPATE IN SENATOR RITCHIE’S “THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION”

Student Essays, Artwork and Poems Now Available for Viewing Online 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that more than 350 students—more than any other senate district—participated in the New York State Senate’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration; a program inviting students to share their  poems, essays and artwork based on what they are thankful for. 

December 21, 2012
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NYSCOPBA, WATERTOWN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY MAKE CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER FOR LOCAL KIDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently accepted a generous, $1,000 check for Toys for Tots in Jefferson County from representatives of NYSCOPBA and the Watertown Correctional Facility.

December 20, 2012
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NNY/CNY PICKED FOR NEW JOB-CREATING INVESTMENTS

Senator Ritchie comments on the selection of the North Country and Central NY regions for a second round of job-creating economic development grants, Tues., Dec. 19, 2012.

 

 

December 19, 2012
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS $184 MILLION IN REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS TO HELP CNY, NNY CREATE JOBS

CNY, NNY Regions Named “Top Performers”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding $184 million in funding awarded to Central and Northern New York to help create jobs and jump-start the economy through Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council program.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S COMMENTS ON THE NEW JOB AWARDS.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF JOB-CREATING GRANTS IN OUR REGION, CLICK HERE.

Both Central and Northern New York were named “Top Performers;” taking home prizes of $93.8 million for 73 projects and $90.2 million for 82 projects respectively.  To view a full list of projects, click here.

The awards were announced at a special ceremony, held Wednesday morning in Albany, attended by Senator Ritchie.

December 19, 2012
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SENATOR RITCHIE, FORT DRUM TROOPS MAKE HOLIDAY VISIT TO OSWEGO CHILD BATTLING CANCER

Julian Ross Made Honorary “Sergeant” by 10th Mountain Division Soldiers

State Senator Patty Ritchie, along with members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division, on Tuesday visited the home of Julian Ross, an Oswego County second grader who has been battling cancer for more than a year.

Utilizing her close ties with Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, Senator Ritchie arranged the visit after learning of seven year-old Julian’s fascination with all-things military.

December 18, 2012
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92 YEAR-OLD ARTIST MARIE INGALSBE CELEBRATES A LIFETIME OF ART WITH SENATOR RITCHIE


Award-Winning Artist one of Dozens Taking Part in

Ritchie’s Effort to Highlight Local Artists

 92 year-old artist Marie (“Ree”) Ingalsbe visited the Watertown office of State Senator Patty Ritchie recently, to show the Senator photos of her more than 100 original pieces of art.

Mrs. Ingalsbe is one of  more than a dozen from Central and Northern New York participating in “Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists,” an initiative to highlight local creative talent which launched last March. 

December 14, 2012
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

December 14, 2012
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RITCHIE GRANT TO HELP GENERAL BROWN RECOVER FROM BUS GARAGE FIRE

Key Club Members, Superintendent, School Officials on Hand for Announcement

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced Monday that she has secured a special $200,000 state grant to help General Brown Central School District recover from last April’s bus garage fire.  The funds can be used to purchase new buses and complete repairs to the garage. 

December 12, 2012
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OSWEGO COUNTY STUDENTS JOIN CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORKERS TO HELP HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS

Items Collected Through Sen. Ritchie’s Donation Drive

 Fill Van Bound for Hard-Hit Long Island

Students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in Phoenix helped to fill a van Monday morning with items collected for victims of Hurricane Sandy; adding to the donations made throughout the past month by Central and Northern New Yorkers taking part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s drive to help those affected by the storm.

Lisa Balles’ Pre-K class filled more than 25 boxes with canned food, toiletries, blankets and other necessities to be delivered to people on Long Island who are still recovering from October’s devastating storm.

December 10, 2012
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PFC JOSEPH DWYER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

Veteran Outreach Made Possible Through Grant Secured by Senator Ritchie

Returning veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat related illnesses can now get care through a new peer-support program located in Jefferson County. 

The PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans—located at 247 State Street in Watertown—was made possible in part through a grant secured by State Senator Patty Ritchie. 

December 7, 2012
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CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEW YORKERS SEND MORE THAN 2,200 HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO TROOPS

Senator Ritchie Partners with Radio Host, American Red Cross for ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’

Central and Northern New Yorkers have donated more than 2,200 holiday cards to State Senator Patty Ritchie’s offices for distribution to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations around the world through the American Red Cross program “Holiday Mail for Heroes.” 

Earlier this holiday season, Senator Ritchie partnered with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to enlist the public’s support for  the initiative.   

December 4, 2012
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NEW PARTNERSHIP TO BRING JOBS TO ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

Merger of Canton and Michigan Based Firms Will Create New Opportunities

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently celebrated the merger of two engineering firms which will create a number of new jobs and opportunities in St. Lawrence County.

Burley-Guminiak & Associates, Consulting Engineers, P.L.L.C. of Canton will now operate under the Michigan-based firm C2AE and become “Capital Consultants Architecture and Engineering.” Officials say the merger will allow both to expand and enhance their services. 

December 3, 2012
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LISBON STUDENTS GET CRAFTY WITH CARDS FOR ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’ PROGRAM

Nearly 1,000 Holiday Greetings Collected

Throughout Central, Northern New York So Far

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Lisbon Central School Wednesday to collect handmade holiday cards from students in Jane Brown-Flack’s second grade class who took part in the American Red Cross’ ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ program. 

Senator Ritchie is partnering with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to urge the public to support ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes,’ which helps to deliver tens of thousands of holiday greetings every year to service members at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations. 

So far, nearly 1,000 holiday greetings have been donated from as far away as Missouri, as well as schools and veterans posts in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

November 28, 2012
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RITCHIE HONORS OGDENSBURG MAN FOR RESCUE OF MOTHER, CHILDREN FROM HOUSE FIRE

Jefferson Thornton Presented with Prestigious Liberty Medal

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored Ogdensburg resident Jefferson Thornton Monday night for his rescue of a mother and her two young children from a house fire earlier this month.

Thornton, a former city firefighter, was awarded the prestigious Liberty Medal at Monday night’s City Council meeting, where he was also recognized by the City of Ogdensburg. 

November 27, 2012
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NEW ARTWORK FEATURED IN RITCHIE LOCAL ARTIST PROGRAM

“Senator Patty Ritchie Celebrates Local Artists” Continues, Seeks New Participants

Three new local artists are being featured in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County offices as part of the Senator’s effort to highlight local creative talent. 

“From the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario to the many historic buildings and landmarks that dot our region, Central and Northern New York are truly beautiful places,” said Senator Ritchie.  “What many people don’t realize though, is that there are so many talented, local artists capturing that beauty and creating world-class, unique designs inspired by where we live.” 

November 21, 2012
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RITCHIE REMINDS HOLIDAY SHOPPERS OF SALES TAX BREAK

No State Sales Tax on Clothing Purchases of Up to $110

In advance of the holiday shopping season, State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding consumers of the state sales tax break on clothing purchases of up to $110. 

The repeal of the sales tax—which happened last spring—is good news for holiday shoppers, who are expected to spend an average of $750 on holiday purchases this year.  The sales tax break saves a typical family of four nearly $200 annually. 

November 19, 2012
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RITCHIE INVITES STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN ‘THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION’

Asks young artists, writers: “What are you thankful for this year?”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting students in Central and Northern New York to put their art and writing skills to work for the New York State Senate’s “Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration."

To participate in the program, students in grades K-6 must submit a one-page essay, original poem or artwork (8 ½ x 11 inches) that answers the question “What are you thankful for this year?”

November 15, 2012
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RITCHIE CALLS ON CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORKERS TO HELP SUPERSTORM SANDY VICTIMS

Donations Being Collected at Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Offices

State Senator Patty Ritchie is hosting a collection drive to help provide relief to the many people still suffering in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy, more than 100,000 customers are still without power.  In total, the storm caused more than $50 billion in damages in the New York region. 

November 14, 2012
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RITCHIE CELEBRATES THE ARTS AT 64TH ANNUAL FALL ARTS SHOW

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended the North Country Arts Council’s 64th Annual Fall Arts Show in Watertown.

Artwork on display for the event is available for viewing at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown during normal business hours through November 17th. 

November 13, 2012
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STEPPING UP TO PROVIDE SANDY RELIEF

 

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Just over a week ago, people across the country waited and watched for Superstorm Sandy to make landfall. Now, left in this storm’s path is devastation unlike anything we have ever seen before. Across our state, millions of New Yorkers are living without the necessities, trying to rebuild homes that were destroyed and businesses that now sit in shambles.

For the east coast, there’s a long road to recovery ahead. Here in the Empire State, it’s tradition to band together in times of crisis. Although we are hundreds of miles away from the disaster area, there are still ways we can pitch in and help our fellow New Yorkers get back on their feet.

If you’re looking to help, here are some of the best ways to do so:

November 5, 2012
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